On Friday night, Feb. 24, 2023, seven storytellers shared tales on the theme “Fed Up” at the 7 Stories event at the Highline Heritage Museum.

We stream these great sessions live on our Facebook page (“Like” us here to get a notification for when we next stream live), and below is an edited version of this one.

Storytellers who were “Fed Up” included:

  • Michael Lockhart: Mike is an engineer who has been lucky enough to go to the UW, work for both Boeing and Microsoft, and raise a family right near Burien in Newcastle. “When a friend told me that I should tell my usually silly stories at the Moth, I fell in love with the organization and storytelling,” he said.
  • E.J. Blanco: Reports that the only Cuban he’s met in Seattle is in the mirror (we have to fix that!) and he won’t ever turn down a drink or a conversation (we have to honor that!).
  • Gaylloyd Sissòn: Gaylloyd is a published author and an enthusiastic world traveler. We asked him what his story was about and he said: “I’m not going to tell you.”
  • Shayna Larango: Shayna told a story several years ago for 7 Stories, and we’ve been wanting her to come back ever since! Her story tonight is a personal one.
  • Fred Swanson: Fred Swanson really enjoys being a Dad. He’s also a published writer of short stories and award winning poetry, and serves as the Executive Director of the Highline Schools Foundation.
  • Daniel Njuguna: Daniel was born in Kenya and raised in a village and the city. His story is about running away from home.
  • Deborah Appel: Deborah is a practiced storyteller, and we are grateful to her for her help and for connected 7 Stories w/Fresh Ground Stories, a downtown Seattle storytelling group.
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Storytellers wanted

Who hasn’t been held captive by a powerful, funny, or frightening story? 7 STORIES is a night of such storytelling – to build community, empathy, and celebrate our diversity.

  • Each 7 STORIES night has a theme and storytellers sign up and are selected in advance. Real stories are spellbinding and raw.
  • They are not a theatrical performance, but true life stories from your friends, acquaintances, or someone you have never met.
  • These stories are told from the heart. Each program is introduced by our host for the evening, with a short bio of each storyteller.

The next 7 Stories will be held at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the theme “Advice to My Younger Self / Rearview Mirror.”

Please consider sharing your true story…In the spirit of community and friendship. We will coach/help you as much as you would like. To sign up fill out the form online or email 7stories@burienculturehub.org.

To learn more, click here.

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