Joy Young: Crash Slam Storytelling
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With its power to connect us, change minds, and move hearts, storytelling is sweeping the nation. We believe everyone has a story. Join nationally acclaimed spoken word artist and co-host of The Storyline SLAM, Joy Young, for a crash course on everything you need to know about live storytelling.

Arrive with nothing but openness and a desire to share your voice, leave ready to take your story to the stage. Participants do not need to come with a story in mind to tell, rather, we will explore together through storytelling circles, identity mapping, and prompts, discuss what makes a story powerful, and practice our stories ensuring you leave with the tools not just to tell one story, but to continue to examine your life and produce stories sure to connect to audiences.


  • Cost: $50.
  • Register below or on the Eventbrite page.
  • No refunds within one day of the event.

Joy Young is a performance and teaching spoken word artist based in Phoenix, Az. Their performance works focuses on transgressing borders, both real and imagined, entering social justice topics through poetic personal narratives, has been featured on Button Poetry and Everyday Feminism as well as on stages and in colleges and classrooms across the country. Additionally, they are the cofounder and editor of Prickly Pear Printing, a project dedicated to highlighting written and visual work with a focus on growth, beauty, and the celebration of bodies and narratives often silenced. Whether creating storytelling curriculum for restorative justice or community engagement projects, running workshops that explore identity and what it means to be human, or performing their own poetry and stories, Joy's work seeks to cultivate strong personal narratives within a larger social justice context. They believe these personal narratives should be a driving force for healing ourselves and the world around us— that they are a doorway through which we should consciously enter the world of social justice in hopes of creating understanding, connection, and making substantive change. 
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