Sound Bites: Homeward
A collaboration between the Salt Institute for Documentary studies at MECA, The Corner storytelling series in Lewiston, and Frontier, Sound Bites is a new kind of storytelling series. With a dedicated theme tying each installment 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 Archives. The third installment, Homeward, will feature the talents of Frontier owner/world traveler Michael 'Gil' Gilroy, musician/Baxter Academy principal Mo Nunez, freelance writer and founder of fitmaine.com Shannon Bryan, Toad&Co/story coach Emily Dennis, Massmouth Story Slam winner, writer, and teacher Katie Liesener. We'll be pulling some choice moments from the Salt Story Archive to round out the evening as well.
Gil is an explorer, cross-cultural facilitator and entrepreneur. He studied international business and relations in Virginia/Washington, D.C. before traveling through Asia and attending school in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. He led cultural expeditions on the Trans-Siberian Railway and along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road through China, Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Iran. In 2004 be began building Frontier a destination inspired by a travelers crossroads, where stories, ideas and culture interact around food, film, music and art. Gil is also the co-founder of TEDxDirigo and The Treehouse Institute, as well as a founding board member of To the Top Foundation. Gil resides in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife, Chelsy, and their two daughters.
Mo has been an educator for 15 years and a dj/producer for 20. His educational work focuses on disadvantaged youth, at risk teens, and students with special needs. He is currently the Director of Student Services at Baxter Academy in Portland. As a dj and producer Mo has headlined in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. Mo has opened up for national acts such as Helter Skelter, Xenia Rubinos, Lady Zen, KING, JD Sampson and MEN, Model Airplane, KGFreeze, and Lettuce. Mo is an original member of the international DJ and Producers collective Brooklyn Radio, Mo's mixtape podcast Symphony Sessions has been going since 2009. Mo produces original music and soundtracks for TEDx Dirigo, and Knack Factory. Mo is currently finishing up his debut album which he plans to release in September.
Shannon Bryan is a freelance writer who lives in South Portland. She's been writing about Maine's entertaining goings on for the last decade, including 10 years as a features writer at MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. Last year, she launched Fit Maine, a website focused on the coolest ways to get active in Maine, and she appears regularly on WCSH6's 207 program and the WPOR 101.9 morning show. She also contributes to Maine-based publications including Old Port Magazine, Activity Maine, and Maine Women Magazine. Originally from Illinois, Shannon got herself to Maine as quick as she possibly could.
Emily Dennis is a flatlander by birth and a coast-dweller by fortune. She is a buyer and manager for Toad&Co in Freeport, co-founder of Pine Pitch Press, volunteer with Maine Inside Out, actor, and freelance public speaking coach. Her home-home is in Carbondale, Illinois, and it smells like bread and cut grass. Her heart-home is Maine and her favorite view is from the cliffs of the Bold Coast.
Katie Liesener is a journalist, storyteller, and board member for the Boston-based storytelling organization, Massmouth. She has performed in over 80 shows throughout the Boston and Chicago areas and is a Moth GrandSlam champion and winner of the 2016 Big Mouth Off, Boston's final storytelling competition. Katie's written work has appeared, among other places, in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Best Food Writing anthology series.
Sound Bites is made possible by generous contributions from Allagash Brewing Company and Toad & Co.
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