Thanks to all the volunteers and speakers, and especially to our emcee, Editorial Cartoonist and Humor Columnist, David Fitzsimmons, for making this event such an incredible success. We will be posting photos soon.
Penelope Starr read from her newly released book, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events. This step-by-step guide chronicles Starr’s years growing the community of Odyssey Storytelling. Why did a fifty-eight year old artist decide to take on a small project that turned into a successful nonprofit storytelling organization? What challenges did she face and how did she survive them? How can other communities create their own storytelling events? Experience her joys, frustrations and laughter. The Radical Act of Community Storytelling is packed with practical tips and plenty of inspirational stories.
Now more than ever, we must celebrate and embrace the uncensored voices of diverse community members. This is exactly what Odyssey Storytelling has been doing for thirteen years through monthly live shows featuring the true stories of everyday people.
Tucson Weekly featured an article about Odyssey Storytelling, by Sherilyn Forrester on the Thursday, February 2, 2017. Entitled Story for Life: Odyssey Storytelling connects real voices and hearts, it appeared the same day as our “Mission” performance. Thank you, Sherilyn, for telling our story! Click the article’s title to read it.
Odyssey led the roundup of theater events (they don’t quite know where to put us) in the Curtain Going Up section of December’s Desert Leaf Magazine. Thanks Patrick Baliani for the shout-out. He quotes executive director, Jen Nowicki Clark, saying, “Tucson is full of diverse, talented, engaged people with amazing stories: sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious. We have found that Storytelling . . . breaks down barriers and challenges our assumptions.”
You can read the article on page 70 at this link.