Missoula Moth

By Duganz

Last night on Twitter I asked if anyone would want to recreate The Moth here in Missoula. I figured I’d get two or three replies, mostly just people asking what I was talking about. But actually the response has been overwhelmingly good.

So far City Council badass Stacey Rye has signed on, as have local reporters Beth Saboe (KPAX), Keila Szpaller (Missoulian). I’m betting those three ladies have some great stories (hopefully not all concerning Dick Haines). And plenty of other people have said they’d love to come and at least watch the show, so that’s good news.

For those of you who don’t know what The Moth is, it’s a NewYork venue where people get up and tell stories to a live audience. Sounds easy, right? It should be.

Anyway, we’re trying to get a venue and a PA for the whole deal, but here’s what you need to know to take part:

  • Think of a story (any story) you could tell to a group of people in 10 minutes
  • The story can’t be something you’ve  workshopped, or read elsewhere; we’re looking for raw story
  • Write it out if you must, or make notes–whatever it takes for you to be able to tell it
  • Poems work… Kind of… You can read a poem, but only if you’re doing so as part of the story
  • Email me at MissoulaMoth@gmail.com

This whole deal is still in its infancy, but it could become a really great thing if enough people take part–so get on it Missoula!


  1. lizard19

    count me in. a certain hitchhiking experience i had in Florida with myself and four other high school friends would be perfect.

  2. petetalbot

    I wonder if bloggers, by nature, are good at face-to-face storytelling. Don’t we just spend our time bent over a keyboard in a darkened room and pontificate? And I’m having a tough time coming up with a story that is appropriate for public consumption but I’ll work on it. Seriously, though, I think it’s a great idea.

    • Some of us use tiny lamps in our dark caves (the better to keep the bats away). Hopefully we’re in a bar, and then things are a bit more, um, loose? Freer? I don’t know. It should be fun, even if some people groan or wince. Glad you’re interested.

      • lrf

        Ahh sounds like it could be a fun an lively event….any chance of attending by Skype? Esp. For mothers living on islands in the middle of the pacific Lonely for her Montana children?…but seriously you’re keeping true to your old world bloodlines in resurrecting such an event so good luck hope it all comes together as you wish it to

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