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Grand Rapidians will come together to share true, personal narratives at the CYC’s “Story Slam” Competition on April 18, with stories centered on the theme “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.”
Local artist, performer, and CYC board member Sarah Jean Anderson will emcee the event

Local artist, performer, and CYC board member Sarah Jean Anderson will emcee the event

Book of Explosions Six: Book Launch

The CYC is set to release the sixth Book of Explosions, an anthology of student work, on Wednesday, May 31. The event will take place at Wealthy Theater at 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public! 

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will host “Story Slam: A Competition,” on April 18. Focused on the theme “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover,” the brief stories will last no longer than five minutes. A panel of local celebrities will judge the true, personal narratives: Mariano Avila from WGVU's Mutually Inclusive, Victoria Upton from Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and Shelley Irwin from the WGVU Morning Show. Local artist, performer, and CYC board member Sarah Jean Anderson will emcee the event. Story Slam offers the chance to meet your fellow Grand Rapidians, enjoy compelling narratives, and support a worthy organization!

“I’m hoping to hear stories that really draw the audience in, stories with a hook or spin,” says Janelle Horvath, a CYC board member and Co-Chair of the Story Slam planning committee. “I hope the stories evoke emotion – maybe you’ll feel suspense, or sadness – but most definitely there will be laughter.”

Held at The Pyramid Scheme, the event is open to anyone aged 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

“The theme of the event aligns with the work we do each day with our students,” says Kristin Brace, CYC Executive Director. “We create a space where all students feel welcome, all voices are heard, and everyone’s story is important. ” She hopes that Story Slam participants will have as much fun as the CYC’s young authors when they come together around storytelling.

The Story Slam aims to raise awareness and funds for the CYC. The CYC prepares kids for life's adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. Aiming to create a strong sense of identity and enthusiasm for learning, the CYC provides opportunities for kids to become published authors. Each year, the CYC publishes an anthology of student work.

“What I love about this event is that it’s a different format than typical fundraising events around Grand Rapids,” Horvath says. “It’s a relaxing night and gives the audience the opportunity to sit back and really experience the story. It’ll offer something special for anyone – whether you’re 21 or 91.”

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