Open Storytelling Mic

The night began with small crowd and soft lighting over bar overhead lights. Susie, the director of this “Open Mic Storytelling” event, took the stage. Her story kicks off the night little after 7 p.m.

“I use to be a journalist. Always loved telling stories, and have been writing since I was,” said Susie, “I don’t know, since I was eight or ten years old.”

Tucked away, next to a convenience store on South French Broad Street stands the bar, Grog. This event has only recently come to Asheville this past Groundhogs day, according to Susie. She had recently gone to Charleston to pay tribute and hear Ciaran Carson, President of the International Center in Jonesborough, TN. According to Susie, Jonesburg is the capital of storytelling of the country.

“That was a really moving weekend,” she said, “And I don’t know if I want to tell that tonight. That is a really heavy story.”

Through the course of the night more attendees came, filtering in and out of the bar listening to the stories. Storytelling events like this one occur in various regions, such as Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, and Jonesborough, TN.

Doing is the opposite surrender,” said Katie, narrating her tale of romantic conquest.

So after a couple tales followed by erotic jokes met with a righteous huckling the evening came to a close.