The Mouth-Off with Chion Wolf
Storytelling at the Mark Twain House
2 years ago

Christine Kalafus ("Thrown For A Loop") & Matthew Dicks ("Things You Put In Your Mouth")

Live from the Mark Twain House

Episode Notes

First up, we’ve got a story from Christine Kalafus. She’s an instructor at Westport Writers’ Workshop, and the author of the Connecticut-based memoir, Blueprint for Daylight, an experimental poem of loss, “Horses,” Her story was from our April 2015 show, and the theme was “Thrown for a Loop”.

Next up is Matthew Dicks. Matthew is a powerhouse of a storyteller. He is a 39-time Moth StorySLAM champion, and 6-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast.

Matthew Dicks, by the way, literally wrote the book on storytelling: It’s called “Storyworthy”, and whether you wanna get as good at this as he is, or if you could use even ONE great tip for connecting with people, GET THIS BOOK. I’ve read it twice, and will probably be learning for it for the rest of my life. And if you wanna see him live - in between Mouth-Off shows, of course - Along with his wife, Elysha, Matthew runs Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization.
Their shows often sell out, so find them and get tickets to whatever they’re doing next as soon as you can. Oh and they have a podcast too, where they feature stories from their show and talk about what worked - and what didn’t. so look up Speak Up and subscribe.

Tell your story at one of our live shows! Dates, themes, tickets, and swag are at

At that site, you’ll also see all the other cool stuff Twain has going on. In addition to funny and fascinating house tours, Twain’s tradition of storytelling continues with writing classes and workshops, chances to write in Mark Twain’s library, and the popular Mark My Words series, where authors from around the world come to talk about how current issues are colliding with their work. Follow The Twain House on Facebook and sign up for the newsletter at

The Mouth-Off is hosted and produced by me, Chion Wolf, with help from Jennifer LaRue. Learn about my other shows, on twitter and Instagram at @ChionWolf, and on Facebook at Chion Wolf Productions. You can help all this storytelling flourish at

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