The host of the evening is Jon Goode, an Emmy-nominated author, poet, and playwright living in Atlanta. Goode has been a featured artist on HBO “Def Poetry”, “Verses & Flow” by TVOne and BET “Lyrical cafe. He is the regular host of The Moth StorySLAM in Atlanta.
Featured storytellers include:
Hannah H. Smith Brennan. A sociologist and educator, Brennan’s expertise and enthusiasm blend theory and practice in her work on family, childhood, play and youth empowerment. While working with an elderly community midwife during her pregnancies, Brennan experienced such profound personal growth that she expanded her professional focus to include women’s health, body and wisdom. With the goal of learning, educating and inspiring, Brennan envisions a world where healthy, fulfilled and socially minded people love and support each other for their unique gifts and talents.
Muneesh Jain. Jain’s greatest passions in life are baseball and Broadway. Between the months of April and October, you’ll most likely find him in one of 30 major league ballparks across the country, watching a baseball game, talking to strangers, and eating. ice cream in a mini helmet. In the offseason, he’s probably at a musical or a play. He is a co-host of “The Clubhouse Podcast”, where he and his friend Anthony Rapp interview celebrities about why they love baseball.
Devan Sandiford. Sandiford spent her childhood and youth hiding her personal stories. Feeling a voice within him yearning to be heard, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two sons, hoping to step out of his comfort zone and unleash the power of his voice. Sandiford is now a published writer, award-winning storyteller and the community engagement program manager at The Moth. His stories have been featured in the Washington Post; “The Moth Radio Hour” and its “Speak Up Storytelling” podcast; “Writing Class Radio;” and elsewhere. He has aired his views on parenthood, race and identity for The New York Times and The Washington Post and is currently working on his first memoir.
Horace Scrugg. Residing in Palmyra, Virginia, Scruggs has been teaching and conducting professionally since 1985. Scruggs has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and has worked professionally with school, community, and church choirs and ensembles. He holds degrees in music education from Longwood University and the Shenandoah Conservatory and is an adjunct faculty member at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), teaching piano and music appreciation, and directing the PVCC Chorus. .
Lady Wilburn. Host of “The Moth Podcast,” “Dame’s Eclectic Brain Podcast,” as well as various live shows including “The Moth Mainstage,” Wilburn’s storytelling began as a way to stay cool in the summer on her porch. grandmother in Macon, Georgia. She has completed four storytelling residencies: three at Serenbe in Palmetto, Georgia, and one with AIRTrez in Almont, Michigan. Wilburn has also presented at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Corbin Hayslet is the musician of the evening. A multi-instrumentalist and ninth-generation Virginian, Hayslett excels on clawhammer banjo, guitar, and fiddle, bringing a wealth of knowledge of early music, bluegrass, and early country music to performances and to his position as General Manager. at County Sales music shop in Floyd.
Through live broadcasts, storytelling workshops, a Peabody Award-winning podcast, “Radio Hour,” and New York Times bestselling books, The Moth brings the power of personal storytelling to millions of people every year, building community and building empathy around the world. Moth Mainstage is the quintessential Moth experience, where some of the best storytellers share personal stories, live and without notes.
Tickets to the show are $25 for general admission and $10 for Virginia Tech students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.
The Moss Arts Center adheres to Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Tech guidelines in its operations, including protocols for face coverings, cleaning, and sanitation. More information about these requirements is available on the Moss Arts Center website.
Paid parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit may enter and exit the garage free of charge. Virginia Tech has also partnered with ParkMobile to provide a convenient, contactless electronic payment option for parking that can be used at any parking meter, campus parking space, or lot with parking F/S, C/ Standard G or R.
If you are a person with a disability and would like an accommodation, please contact Jamie Wiggert at least 10 days prior to the event at 540-231-5300 or email [email protected] during regular business hours.