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Sound Bites: Your New Country
Brunswick, ME
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Sound Bites: Your New Country
A collaboration between the Salt Institute for Documentary studies at MECA, The Corner, and Frontier, Sound Bites is a new kind of storytelling series. With a dedicated theme tying each Bite together, the night will feature regional Moth Storyslam Champions, locals sharing true tales, and audio and media pulled from the 43 years of Maine history in the Salt Archive.

The first Bite, Your New Country, will feature the storytelling chops of Bill Nemitz, Ben Chin, Cheryl Hamilton, and Moth GrandSlam winner Tara Clancy. Some choice selections from the Salt Story Archive will flesh out the evening.

Tara's stories have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Paris Review Daily. She is a Moth GrandSlam winner, frequent host of The Moth Mainstage live shows, and has told stories on the Moth Radio Hour, NPR's Snap Judgment, The Story Collider and Risk! Her memoir, The Clancys of Queens, will be published by Crown this October.

Bill has worked as a journalist in Maine since 1977, when he became a reporter for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville. He moved to Portland in 1983, working first as a reporter for the Evening Express and later as a city editor and assistant managing editor/sports for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. He began writing his column for the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram in 1995. His work has taken him three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan; to Belfast, Northern Ireland; to Manhattan for the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and, to the Gulf Coast for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2004, the Maine Press Association named Nemitz Maine Journalist of the Year. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the New England Newspaper Association. Nemitz lives in Buxton, Maine, with his wife, Andrea Nemitz. They have five children.

Cheryl Hamilton is the Director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England based in Boston and Lowell, MA and Manchester, NH. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the refugee field, including posts with RefugePoint, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Lewiston, Maine. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl also wrote and performed a one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors based on the Somali resettlement. She routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including performing on The Moth MainStage in 2014 in Portland, Me. She is also the Coordinator for Massmouth, a Boston-based non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling.

Thanks to a scholarship opportunity, Ben Chin graduated from Bates College. Rather than pursue his original plans to go to seminary, he decided to become a community organizer in Lewiston with the Maine People's Alliance, a decision that eventually led to him taking a leadership role in statewide campaigns for economic justice, voting rights and other vital public issues. While he didn't enter the ministry, faith is still at the center of who he is, and that's why he serves on the Vestry of Trinity Church and the board of the Jubilee Center. Ben and his wife, Nicola, live on a quiet street next to the Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary.

Sound Bites is made possible by generous contributions from Allagash Brewing Company and Toad & Co.


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14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States



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