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Bring Your Own
Founded in March 2012, Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. Stories are told live, unscripted and true to the teller. Storytellers volunteer prior to the event and are judged by three anonymous audience members to determine a winner, whose story is later produced for radio and podcast play. Winners subsequently choose the next month’s theme.
As a nomadic organization, events rotate and put previously unknown, underutilized and private spaces on the public map. Each event takes on the character of its environment; the success of the night is as much about the tone as it is about the stories that are told.
BYO serves as a hub and community for writers, filmmakers, radio makers and photographers, where everyone leaves their premiere artistry behind and dives into a medium that lies at the core of all art forms. Whether you ask a screenwriter, a reporter or a photojournalist, the piece at the heart of each of these crafts is a good story.
The best stories are produced by a team of local producers for on-air and online distribution. BYO is broadcast on All Things New Orleans, and as a biweekly podcast on wwno.org