So here’s the deal…

April 28, 2009 by  
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While I would argue that everyone has a story I don’t consider myself a “storyteller”. Neither am I a writer. And this will become self-evident as this website fleshes out more. I am though an enthusiastic enjoyer of a good story. Additionally, while I believe everyone has a story there are those who’s creative and artful expression is through storytelling. A good storyteller is as enjoyable as a talented musician, a masterful painter or skilled chef.

My sense of things however is that popular culture has largely relegated live storytelling to “folk tales” and children’s entertainment. In an increasingly online and urban world, it’s just not very cool.

I’ve been a fan of the art form for many years. As a kid I enjoyed Bill Cosby and wore out my folks LP’s. In college I was introduced to Garrison Keillor and have tuned in for years. I’ve been to storytelling festivals both large and small. Then while living in the Chicago area I would go a favorite coffeehouse in Wrigleyville where they hosted open mic storytelling on Tuesday evenings. That was urban and hip. That… was cool.

That is what I hope to replicate in, of all places, Beloit WI for the greater stateline area.

This can work.

  • It’s a college town in the midst of other colleges throughout the region
  • There’s an established and expanding arts community in and around downtown (more later)
  • There is a lot of history to be told, not just Beloit but from everywhere folks come from
  • We advocate diversity which holds the opportunity for richer exchange and less sameness.

So, while this project is in it’s developmental stages as is this website, I’d invite you to bring your friends and join us for our first night of open mic storytelling Sunday April 5th, 6:30 pm (we start taking names for storytellers at 6:00) down at bushel & peck’s in downtown Beloit WI. Submit your email address so we can keep you in the loop about upcoming performances and other developments.

Lastly, I would invite you to share this  website with your friends.

Your comments and suggestions welcomed.


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24 Responses to “So here’s the deal…”

  1. Cathy Idzerda on May 21st, 2009 8:04 am

    But Rickster, who are you, and how can a journalist get a hold of you if there’s no contact link on your sight? Perhaps you have hired a ginormous (larger than enormous, but not by much) pr firm from Chicago. Perhaps you’re a hermit that only comes out on story telling nights. Perhaps the “contact” link is right in front of my face, and I can’t see it….

  2. admin on May 21st, 2009 9:47 am

    Thanks for commenting. I’m merely the shadowy master mind facilitator who prefers to work in the background. Others who’ve practiced their storytelling craft I hope to have up front. You’re right though, I should make it more clear how to reach me. I’ll fix that. You or anyone else can contact me at:

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