StorySlam! The Plain Truth 5 Minute Stories

Friday 3:30 – 5:00 pm  
This year’s theme: The Plain Truth/In Plain Sight
This is a powerful 5 Minute Storytelling competition! 

Tellers signed up so far: Rosie Best-Cutrer, Maria Gillen, Rebecca Hom, Gloria Kunnapilly, Nancy Matthews, Kanute Rarey, Kathy Witten (no photo),  and Viola Blocker (no photo)

Produced this year by 2021 Texas StorySlam Champion and National Poetry Slam Finalist: Michael Guinn

Sign Up to Tell

It is not too late to sign up to tell a story at this year’s Texas Storytelling Festival’s Story Slam!
If you want to sign up or learn more call or text Mike Guinn at 972-704-5001. Sign-ups will close ten minutes into the event.


The StorySLAM is an amazing storytelling competition where Storytellers have up to 5 minutes to tell a story. The stories are based on a theme chosen for the event. The story can either be told or read but please “watch that time”! 
Storytellers for this event will be randomly selected from a list of those who’ve already signed up and those who sign up on the day of the Slam. Each teller gets up to five minutes to share a personal story which will be judged on how it is told, constructed/connects/reveals some truth about the theme. The winner will be awarded a prize and the title of 2022 Texas StorySlam Champion!
Everyone is a storyteller!  Even You! 
Hurry! Once we get our tellers, the list will be closed.

If you want to learn more just call or text Mike Guinn direct. 972-704-5001

Emcee/Producer and Judges

Emcee and producer Michael Guinn: Besides being an actor and activist, Michael Guinn is a former 2 Time National Poetry Slam Finalist, Toronto International Slam Champion and 4 Time AIPF Slam Champion. Great Plains Pile Up Slam Champion. Michael also has more than 23 years of coordinating and hosting upscale open mics and national spokenword showcases.

Michael also coached The Fort Worth Brave New Voices Youth Slam Team to #3 in the world at the 2015 Finals in Atlanta. Michael is the director of Mike Guinn Entertainment and founder/CEO of Uplift Your Life, a 501c3 which addresses mental health and wellness globally via social awareness and performance arts. 

Judge – Granny Wowzers TM is a native of Los Angele, California and is a radio personality and host of “The Talk”. Aspiring author, spoken word, poet , writer, artist, mental health professional, mother of 5, autism mom, and grandmother. You can find her on Twitter, Spaces, Facebook, Instagram, Stereo, Clubhouse, Anchor, Station Head, Numedia, and coming soon to all music platforms. Granny Wowzers is almost everywhere!

Judge – Steve Sanders is the current president of the Fort Worth Poetry Society, an actor, a counselor for the Poetry Society of Texas, the co-owner of Blackbead Books and Seadog Studios, and, to boot, a published and award-winning poet. He has also sold a few short stories and spends a lot of time on stage performing with the Seadog Slam, the Steamdogs, and as a solo performer. 

Judge – Stephonia Donahue Roberts (Fort Worth) is an award winning author and poet. In 2021 she won the title “Queen of Flow Poetry Slam” and “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is”. She has published over 13 books.  In 2017 her book Stories from Big Mama’s Porch (a testimonial memoir) won Reader’s Choice Christian Literary Award. She is the author of four Poetry books and  has a new book coming out March 2022 titled Body of Truth : Poetry After 50. Mrs. Roberts is also involved in several community projects around Tarrant County with a passion and history of volunteering.