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Alberto Vasar

They call him "the Closer." James Judd is the man that the storytelling show Snap Judgment brings out to bring down the house. The lawyer and former stand-up comedian is known for his brash, energetic style and his rollicking stories of public embarrassment and failure.

Judd will be among the performers taking the stage of Atlanta Symphony Hall this weekend when Snap Judgment rolls into town for a live show. 

Storytellers Share LGBTQ Experiences At Out/Spoken

Oct 5, 2016
Chrisoula Baikos

Eight storytellers will take the stage at Emory University Thursday night to tell true stories about their LGBTQ experiences.

The event, “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold, and Proud,” is the result of a partnership between the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, and the DC-based nonprofit Story District.

Four of the storytellers are from Atlanta, one of whom is Ames Simmons. Simmons is a health care attorney and a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign. He will be talking about his experiences as a queer transgender man.

Courtesy of the Atlanta Opera

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How We Use Stories To Explain Ourselves To The World

Feb 10, 2016
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After being interviewed about her upcoming book “The Opposite of Everyone,” best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson got to thinking about why she and her fellow humans tell stories.

“Story is how we explain ourselves to the world,” she said. We use it “to create meanings and see patterns.”

This time on “Writer to Reader,” Jackson explores what storytelling means to her and looks at the science behind how it might be an evolutionarily-advantageous behavior.

People walk across the Clark Atlanta university campus in Atlanta.
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Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is writing a comic book. Well, technically, the main character of the novel Jackson is working on, “Origin Story,” is writing a comic book -- parts of which Jackson includes in her novel to “influence the plot, underscore themes, and … place images and relationships that echo inside the larger narrative.”

In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” Jackson takes a look at her own novel and other works of fiction that use a literary device with origins that can be traced to ancient Egypt: the "story within a story."