The Howl Story SLAM presented by NCPR and the Adirondack Center for Writing

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The Howl Story SLAM is an open microphone storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night's theme.
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Watch: How Deirdre Loftus found her flock

06:40 | Apr 22nd

Deirdre Loftus made some memorable connections while birding. Hint, it wasn’t with the birds. She told her story live on stage at The Howl Grand Slam, December 1, 2018 at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY. The theme of the evening was "a fish out...Show More
Watch: Jim Howard gets into a little camping trouble with "Teacher Tom"

08:23 | Mar 11th

Some friends are worth the extra effort. Even if they nearly burn down the mess hall. Jim Howard told his poignant story of friendship and a school camp outing on stage at The Howl Grand Slam, December 1, 2018 at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY...Show More
Watch: Noel Carmichael: "A fish out of water" in Tanzania

07:43 | Feb 25th

Changing continents is hard enough when you travel, imagine moving from one to another and back. You might wonder who you are. Noel Carmichael told her tale of discombobulation on stage at the The Howl Grand Slam, December 1, 2018 at Pendragon Theatr...Show More
Watch: Tom Langen, rodeo clown. What could go wrong?

09:10 | Feb 18th

At the The Howl Grand Story Slam at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake on December 1, 2018, Tom Langren tells the story of his first (and last) outing as a rodeo clown in a Costa Rica bullring.
Watch: "Easter Sunday" - Nathalie Thill at the Howl Grand Slam

06:47 | Apr 13th, 2018

Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell a story from her college days in Washington, DC in the early 90s, when she lived in a neighborhood that was overrun by the cra...Show More
Watch: "Our first shared holiday long before we ever met" - Tony Moats at the Howl Grand Slam

05:37 | Jan 24th, 2018

Tony Moats of Queensbury, NY took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to explain why he thinks we need more holidays. He and his wife have doubled up theirs by observing both American and Canadian federal holidays. And it turns out that th...Show More
Watch: "Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude" - Susan Allott at The Howl Grand Slam

11:18 | Jan 17th, 2018

Susan Allott of Elizabethtown, NY took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam. Growing up with 13 siblings, then later having kids of her own, Susan Allott remembers plenty of holiday traditions, and a few interesting adventures. She shares s...Show More
Watch: "The best holiday gift of all" - Alison Lutz at The Howl Grand Slam

08:46 | Jan 10th, 2018

Alison Lutz of Morrisonville, NY took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of her family's holiday traditions, and how important they were. But spending time with the people you love - now that's the best holiday gift of a...Show More
Watch: "My favorite Uber trip" - Joshua Swink at the Howl Grand Slam

03:57 | Jan 3rd, 2018

As an Uber driver, Joshua Swink of Carthage, NY meets all kinds of people. He took up the "holidays theme" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of his favorite trip with Brendan, a customer celebrating his birthday. He ended up spending several ...Show More
Watch: "Never To Be The Same" - Derrick Conway at the Howl Grand Slam

07:01 | Dec 27th, 2017

Derrick Conway of Rensselaer Falls, NY took the up the "Holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of how the holidays have evolved over the years, from a disciplined routine when his mother was in charge of the cooking, to something ve...Show More
Watch: "Downhill from Here" - AJ Porschet at the Howl Grand Slam

08:46 | Dec 20th, 2017

AJ Porschet of Sodus, NY took the up the "Holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of how a gift of skis one Christmas brought her family closer together, even if it was at the expense of sore muscles and hurt pride. Recorded live at ...Show More
Watch: "To my activist. Love, Dad" - Deirdre Loftus at the Howl Grand Slam

07:02 | Dec 13th, 2017

Deirdre Loftus of Lake Placid took up the "Holidays" theme to win The Howl Grand Slam with the story of how her father's gift of a book gave her permission to become her own person. Recorded at Pickens Hall, Heuvelton, NY. November 4, 2017.
Watch: The Magic Christmas Basket - Tanya Roy at the Howl Grand Slam

07:20 | Dec 6th, 2017

Tanya Roy of Adams, NY took up the "Holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of her grandparent's picnic basket, source of a bottomless supply of Christmas dinner in her childhood, and of one special gift in the bleakest of midwinters...Show More
Watch: "The Folder" - Skip Grant at the Howl Grand Slam

09:32 | Sep 29th, 2017

Skip Grant of Saratoga Springs, NY used the theme "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of being confronted with a folder that documented all his missteps and failures, and how he came to embrace the challenges that made ...Show More
Watch: "Forgiving My Mother" - Rose Rivezzi at The Howl Grand Slam

07:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Rose Rivezzi of Potsdam, NY used the theme "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of the struggles associated with growing up with a mother who suffered from depression, and the path to eventually accepting who her mother ...Show More
Watch: "Love and Roller Derby," Rick Chandler at The Howl Grand Slam

09:19 | Sep 15th, 2017

Rick Chandler of Lee's Summit, Missouri used the theme "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of how his wife acquired the monicker "Freezerburn" and discovered that she was, in fact, pretty badass. Recorded at Pendragon T...Show More
Watch: "The Cocktail Dress," Stephen Baratta at the Howl Grand Slam

07:24 | Sep 8th, 2017

Stephen Baratta of Glens Falls used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to recall his teen years when he tried on every dress in his mother's closet... except for one. Recorded at Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, NY. June 3,...Show More
Watch: "After the car accident" - Kathy McHugh at the Howl Grand Slam

05:41 | Sep 1st, 2017

Kathy McHugh of Saranac Lake used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell of the time she and her sister were in a car accident in the Adirondacks, and her unmentionable experience after that at the local hospital. Recor...Show More
Watch: "Sleepless Years" - Derrick Conway at the Howl Grand Slam

07:59 | Aug 18th, 2017

Derrick Conway of Rensselaer Falls used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of his desperate attempts to avoid sleeping, and how it cost him almost everything. Recorded at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake,...Show More
Watch: "Confessions of a Recovering Germophobe" - Lucy Thill at the Howl Grand Slam

05:39 | Aug 11th, 2017

Lucy Thill of Lake Clear, NY, used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to talk about the problem she has with germs, and how she's learning to move past it. Recorded at Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, NY. June 3, 2017.
Watch: Richard Nixon, family friend - Jerry McGovern at the Howl Grand Slam

08:20 | Aug 4th, 2017

Jerry McGovern of Peru, NY, used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell a story that shows a side of former President Richard Nixon not taught in the history books. Nixon was a Navy poker buddy of McGovern's father in W...Show More
Watch: "A Date with the Quarter Man," Deb Hall at the Howl Grand Slam

09:18 | Jul 28th, 2017

Deb Hall of Gansevoort, NY, used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell a story of a man she encountered during the early days of online dating. Recorded at Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, NY. June 3, 2017.The Adironda...Show More
Watch: "Secret Kept," Rajiv Narula at the Howl Grand Slam

07:09 | Jul 21st, 2017

Rajiv Narula from Canton used the theme of "skeletons in the closet" at The Howl Grand Slam to tell a story about loyalty and desperation that he learned first hand growing up in Kolkata, India. Recorded at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY. Jun...Show More
Watch: "A winter job nemesis" - Joe Conto at The Howl Grand slam

09:59 | Jul 14th, 2017

Joe Conto from Lake Placid, NY uses the theme of "Skeletons in the Closet" to tell the story of the time he "tried to ruin a man's life" during a winter job in Florida. Told live at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pendragon Theatre on June 3.The Ad...Show More
Watch: "A Conscience in Conflict," David Wolf at The Howl Grand slam

14:10 | Feb 24th, 2017

Here’s David Wolf sharing a wrenching story about war, patriotism and conscience at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pickens Hall last fall.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-sponsor of the Howl Story Slams.
"Home Away From Home" - Trish Hartka at the Howl Grand Slam

03:34 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Here’s Trish Hartka of Massena with a moving story of family, and specifically, grandparents in her life, at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pickens Hall.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-sponsor of the Howl Story Slams
Watch: "The Lemonade Stand," Lucy Thill at the Howl Grand Slam

06:23 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Here’s Lucy Thill, our youngest storyteller, who first wowed us at the age of 10 with a hilarious story at the Saranac Lake slam, and came back to do it again at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pickens Hall.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-s...Show More
War Stories: Kris Rusho at the Howl Grand Slam

05:51 | Feb 14th, 2017

Here’s Kris Rusho of Oswego, with a story about playing chess with her grandfather that left not a dry eye in the house at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pickens Hall.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-sponsor of the Howl Story Slams
Actively Dreaming Small: Flip Filippi at the Howl Grand Slam

05:58 | Feb 7th, 2017

Here’s Flip Filippi of Canton, who has chosen to live her life car-free, and biked her way into all of our hearts and consciences at the Howl Story Slam Grand Slam at Pickens Hall.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-sponsor of the Howl Story Slam...Show More
License to Park: Bill Torrey at the Howl Grand Slam

09:19 | Feb 1st, 2017

Bill Torrey, who won our Plattsburgh Howl Story Slam, came back to the Grand Slam at Pickens Hall with this story about the risks a teenage boy will take to spend some alone time with a girl.The Adirondack Center for Writing is co-sponsor of the Howl...Show More
REALLY late for dinner: Tanya Roy at the Howl Grand Slam

09:02 | Jan 25th, 2017

Tanya Roy had us rolling in the aisles at the Howl Story Slam in Clayton, NY in Summer 2016, and did it again at our Grand Slam event in Heuvelton, NY. Her missed opportunity happened on a night in Syracuse that was supposed to start with Dinosaur Ba...Show More
"Man of the House," Michael Cunningham's story of war and change at The Howl

06:19 | Jan 12th, 2017

We first met Michael Cunningham at the Howl Story Slam in North Creek on September 11. Just a few days later he joined us in Heuvelton for the Howl Grand Slam event. It was there that Michael shared his story “Man of the House. ” He recalled the mom...Show More
"You can't have it all. . . at once." Samantha Stinson at the Howl Grand Slam

07:18 | Jan 4th, 2017

We first met Samantha Stinson at the Howl Story Slam in Potsdam on September 17, 2016. Her story there won her a spot in our Grand Slam at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton just a few days later. There she told us about missing a professional opportunity bec...Show More
City v. Country? Elaine Kuracina shares her story at the Howl Grand Slam

08:32 | Nov 29th, 2016

We first met Elaine Kuracina at the Howl Story Slam in Potsdam on September 17. Her story there won her a spot in our Grand Slam at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton just a few days later. It was there that she told the story of sacrificing big city dreams f...Show More
Watch: Rick Chandler at the Howl Story Slam "Grand Slam"

06:44 | Nov 22nd, 2016

In February 2016, North Country Public Radio teamed up with the Adirondack Center for Writing to bring true life storytelling to locations across the region. We started with Saranac Lake and moved the Howl Story Slam to a dozen locations from Canton ...Show More