Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Student Story Slam Contest

This year, the Art of the Story festival includes a Student Story Slam.  A Story Slam is a competition within a set time limit placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. It’s great entertainment! Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Tellers have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

This Student Slam is judged by members of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. While this event is not open to the public, the Student Slam winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale on May 4. For more Festival events and information, visit

Meet the contestants:

Aishwarya Marathe has lived on three different continents and is Indian by origin. At present, she is a junior at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. Aishwarya has participated twice at Lakewood Theater's "Young Playwrights Festival," a semi-professional experience in workshop and staged-reading format. Besides writing plays and prose, Aishwarya performs on the violin and oboe in her school orchestra and in an ensemble, and she has been learning Kathak, an ancient form of Indian Classical Dance, for ten years. She is also being vocally trained in Hindustani music. Her strong connection to her Indian heritage form the base for her writing, whether to explore a new aspect of her background or to give people of color a voice.

GRAYSON WRIGHT : Cookies Were Never so Complicated.
Grayson Wright is 18 years old and has attended Arts and Communications Magnet Academy since the 6th grade. Grayson has been writing her entire life and prefers to write short stories and poetry. The thing Grayson is most passionate about is architecture and she'll be studying it at the University of Oregon next year. Grayson, author of various opinion editorials, is very outspoken and is a huge social and political activist.