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The Moth founder and writer George Dawes Green to hold 2016 Mackey Chair at Beloit College, bring Storytelling on Stage event to Beloit

February 26, 2016

A storytelling event, with George Dawes Green, founder of the Moth, scheduled for Sunday, April 17

This spring, poet and novelist George Dawes Green, founder of the oral storytelling sensation, The Moth, will hold the 2016 Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing at Beloit College. During his stay, he will also lead a Storytelling on Stage event in Beloit’s Eaton Chapel.

George Dawes Green, The Moth founder

Since The Moth’s founding in New York City in 1997, the oral storytelling form has spread like prairie fire across the world. The Moth has played a role in the contemporary revival of perhaps the oldest human art form: live oral storytelling.  Now various iterations of the Moth exist in cities ranging from Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, and Melbourne, Australia.

“George taps into a lot of really exciting things happening in the creative writing field,” says Assistant Professor of English Matt Vadnais.

On Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. Dawes Green will host a Storytelling on Stage event in Beloit’s Eaton Chapel.

TICKET INFORMATION: The Storytelling on Stage event will take place on Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel (700 College Street, Beloit).  Tickets are on sale now for $15. Order online at

In addition to Dawes Green, the storytelling event event will feature the talents and stories of playwright, poet and performer Edgar Oliver, This American Life contributor and humorist Elna Baker, and author and frequent The Moth Mainstage host Tara Clancy. The event is being sponsored in part by Northern Public Radio (WNIJ-WNIU).

“At the end of the 20th century, there was that thought that writers have to be solitary figures,” he says. “But programs like The Moth and writers like Dawes Green have really brought the community back to writing. It’s a happening. It’s a gathering. People are participating and enjoying this narrative together.”

Dawes Green, the author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens, will be the 27th writer to hold the Mackey Chair at Beloit. During Dawes Green’s time on campus, he will teach a seven-week course in storytelling for Beloit students.

Prominent alumni of the Mackey Chair include Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher, Ursula Le Guin, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Amy Hempel, Rick Bass, and National Book Award winner Robert Stone.