July 17, 2016 at 8:00 • ONE NIGHT ONLY!SlamABurton11


You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one  first person, true stories – told live and without notes – just like most of the shows you see on the lineup this season.

Cash Bar & Prizes!

All tickets are $15, which goes to support the Ko Festival of Performance.
Additional donations gratefully accepted. We NEED your help to  be able to continue to offer you these kinds of events and to take us into our next quarter century!


Stories must be true, first person, told without notes, and under 5 minutes long. As it’s Ko’s 25th Anniversary our theme is “CELEBRATION.”  Got a tale about a cause for celebration – even if it’s something that only you celebrate? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you.  Or it could be about a moment of celebration on someone else’s part that you witnessed. Or an unusual mode of celebration.  Lots of room for lots of kinds of stories.

There will be some pre-selected ringers, but this might be your opportunity to take your place on the Ko Festival stage alongside KoFest artists & staff. We’ll have a few slots reserved for last minute sign-ups —our very first grand prize winner was someone who decided at the last minute to share a hilarious story about her experiences being fitted for a Playboy Bunny costume at the Playboy Club in NYC. If we have too many sign-ups, we’ll audition the first lines of stories – and audience members will get to vote on which ones should be told in their entirety.

Feeling a bit unsure? We’re offering private storytelling coaching sessions from Ko Festival artists! Call 413.427.6147 to sign-up for one of these slots or for more information. Price for this coaching is a donation to the Ko Festival. Whatever you can afford.

Know a great raconteur – tell them about the event! Everyone should come prepared to listen, but you may want to come prepared to tell! Club style lighting will be by Holly Gettings. And to help you wet your whistle we’ll have a cash bar. And prizes!

We’ll be saving a few slots to be given away on the night – but to be considered for pre-slotting please email inof@kofest.com or call (413) 427-6147 after July 1. We will not begin the selection process until after that date

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A huge hit for the past 5 summers, as were the 3 Spring slams that took place at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton!

Buy Tickets here.

And why not make it a double-header?

Come see a long-form first-person story by Sara Felder at 4 pm!