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Story Club Minneapolis

  • Bryant Lake Bowl 810 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (doors open 6:00pm)
Tickets: $8 - $15, available at the door or in advance online at

Story Club Minneapolis is a live monthly storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers from all over the Twin Cities arts scene and beyond. Story Club showcases true, autobiographical stories -- especially stories that are bold, vulnerable, unexpected, and connected to the complexity of our cultural environment. No two Story Club evenings are ever alike, but each month when we wrap up the show, we feel like we’ve witnessed a new, unique little community coming together. 

So! Starting at 6pm, audience members are invited to put their names in the jar for the opportunity to tell an up-to-7-minute story onstage (Requirements? Has to be a story, has to be true, has to be about you!). When the show begins at 7, three or four tellers are drawn at random to perform, and they'll be followed by our featured guests. Does this make you want to tell a story? GOOD! (Do it! Do it! Do it!)

Story Club’s host and producer is actor/writer Amy Salloway! She’s the creator of the award-winning autobiographical touring solo plays Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, and Circumference, as well as the two-person show Entwined. You can hear five of her stories on the national podcast RISK!, and you can take storytelling, memoir and creative writing classes from her through The Story Studio and Minneapolis Community Ed. Find out more at Awkward Moment Productions(

November’s featured performers are Dawn TomlinsonSaymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Cori Nakamura Lin, with an exciting special appearance by When Everything Was Everything -- the JUST-published storybook written by Saymoukda and illustrated by Cori, conveying through poetic language and patchwork memories a child's Southeast Asian refugee experience.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a poet, playwright, and cultural producer. Her work has been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, and Lazy Hmong Woman Productions. She's received fellowships from The Loft Literary Center and Playwrights Center; and creative grants from the Jerome Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Bush Foundation, to name a few. Keep up with her @refugenius, and find When Everything Was Everything at . 

Cori Nakamura Lin is a Japanese/Taiwanese-American illustrator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis & Chicago. Through art she amplifies stories from underrepresented people and cultures. When Everything Was Everything is her first book.

A Korean adoptee, born after the war to a Korean mother and a GI father, Dawn Tomlinson has spent the past several years involved in rediscovering her roots in the small villages near the DMZ. She has studied Bojagi (Korean quilting) and Samulnori (Korean drumming) in Korea, as well as traveled to Korea on adoptee tours. Locally, Dawn is the President of Adopsource, a non-profit; their documentary, Candid Conversations on Adoption, was produced in 2014. She has also served on the board of several organizations, including KAWA, MAKA, Camp Choson, and Korean Heritage House + Jang-mi Korean Dance & Drum. She is also part of the local drumming group Shinparam and has written articles for Korean Quarterly.

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Venue phone: 612-825-8949

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Earlier Event: November 6
Story SlamMN! - "No Thanks"
Later Event: November 8
Liar's Game - "Leftovers"