Guts & Glory

Isaac Edmondson Photography

Isaac Edmondson Photography

Congratulations to Eileen Joyce, who won our 2017 Grand Slam. Eileen competed with all the other winners from this year's monthly open mic story slams and earned the title of Best Storyteller in York. The theme for the evening was GLORY DAYS, and more than 200 people were in the audience.

Eileen is pictured here with our Master of Ceremonies, 2016 Grand Slam champion Brad Jennings, and York Story Slam producer JJ Sheffer.

Watch all the videos from the Grand Slam here.

We appreciate the support this year from our friends Our York Media, who underwrote some of our expenses so that we could keep our ticket prices low. We are also grateful to work with an excellent team of vendors to produce our events and archive the stories: our photographer Isaac Edmondson Photography, sound guy/audio engineer extraordinaire Logan Summey of Third Leg Audio, videographer Randy Flaum, and Carla at Wilson Media Services, who produces our monthly podcast (click on PODCAST at the top of the page!). We also thank Holy Hound Taproom for giving us a home throughout the year and Appell Center for the Performing Arts for allowing us to host our Grand Slam in such a beautiful space.

Thank you to everyone who showed up this year to listen, and everyone who bravely put their names into the hat to share stories. Storytelling is a wonderful way to get to know others in your community; to uncover things you have in common with your neighbors, and to recognize and understand our differences. This is always a valuable opportunity, and it seems especially important in times like these.

We won’t have a story slam event in December – we'll be busy planning for next year. Continue to host our monthly events on the third Tuesday of the month in 2018. Please block it out on your calendar and make sure you’re on our email list (click on the Contact tab above to subscribe) and following us on social media so we can keep you in the loop when we announce the themes for next year.