Sunday, July 24 at 8pm – one night only!
We are currently sold out. We are trying to re-arrange the seating to see if we can accommodate more people. If you would like to get on the waiting list to be notified if  we can find a place for you – please email and give us your name, your email, your phone number and the number of tickets you are looking for.

You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one is for first person, true stories – told live and without notes.

Stories must be under 5 minutes long and will be on the theme of  “Stepping Up/Stepping Back.”  Stay tuned to our Ko Festival emails and social media for updates!

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!

Know a great raconteur? – tell them about the event! Everyone should come prepared to listen, but you may want to come prepared to tell!

We’ll be saving a few slots to be given away on the night – but we’re currently accepting pitches for pre-slotting. To be considered for pre-slotting please email about your story after July 1, and give us a little biographical background. Or you can call (413) 427-6147.

You may also wish to hone your story by taking Gerard Stropnicky’s FIRST PERSON: Crafting your Story for Performance Workshop which runs from July 18-23, with housing available on the Hampshire College campus for those coming from out of town.


So that we may protect the most vulnerable among us, all audience members must be masked with an N95 or KN95 or equivilent, mask, worn so it covers both the nose and mouth. All members of the Artistic Team and Ko Staff have been vaxed, boosted and are tested before performances. We suggest that you test before attending the event, as well.


We have a new policy of letting audience members choose the ticket price right for them. But of course, additional donations are most gratefully accepted.

Funds raised will go towards the costs of presenting the Ko Festival in our new location at Hampshire College, as well as fair compensation for all KoFest artists, interns, and production and marketing staff.