Career Opportunities

August 2, 2016

You’re listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In July, we heard stories about the working life. Our theme was “Career Opportunities!”

At the end of the night, we had a tie! Jamie Beth and Bryan R. Caine both won their own prized pint glass and earned slots in our November 22nd Grand Slam!

Jamie Beth told this story about an emotionally challenging time in her teaching career.

Our next storyteller is Bryan R. Caine, the co-winner of our Career Opportunities Story Slam. Bryan told this excellent tale of breaking through racial boundaries while working in New York City.

Our final story is from Matt McDunnell. Matt’s  tale of having a rough night driving a pedi-cab had us all laughing.

The Lancaster Story Slam podcast is sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

Foreign Soil

July 7, 2016
Thanks for listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In June, we asked for stories on the theme “Foreign Soil!” We heard some wild travel stories, and we also heard some excellent immigrant tales! It was a really fun night of diverse stories and we left Tellus with big smiles! 

Audrey Lopez won our “Foreign Soil” Story Slam with her touching story of moving from Peru to the USA as a little kid. Here’s Audrey! 

Our next storyteller is Mitch Jureckson. Mitch has told a few stories before, but this one was particularly personal and poignant. 

Our final story is from Mustafa Nuur. Mustafa came to the USA from Somalia, and as you’ll hear, America felt like foreign soil when he first arrived. 

Our next Story Slam is July 26th and the theme is “Career Opportunities!” We want to hear work stories, and work interview stories. We want to hear about opportunities taken and opportunities missed! What the best job you ever had? What’s the worst job you ever had? Tell us your work story at Tellus360 on July 26th! You can quickly order your tickets off of the Lancaster Story Slam Tickets page

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month. 

Thanks again to our podcast sponsor - Levante Brewing Company


Brush With Fame

May 31, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante! 

Our theme for the May Story Slam was “Brush with Fame,” and people showed up with some amazing stories. We had fourteen people put their name in the cup! 

While many of the stories were about awkward celebrity meetings, the winning story was quite different. Tony Crocamo won the prized pint glass - and earned a spot in our November Grand Slam - with this beautifully crafted tale. 
The next three stories are all about awkward celebrity encounters. We loved them all so we’re including all three. 

First up - writer Chris McDougall talks about spending some quality time with one of Hollywood’s biggest names. 
Next up is David Smith. David has recently caught the story slam bug. He has been spotted telling stories in West Chester, the Lehigh Valley, and now in Lancaster. This is one spectacular story.

Our final story is from Jes Plain. This is just one of those funny awkward moments that occasionally happens to the best of us. We’re glad Jess shared this story with us.

Thanks for listening!

This podcast is produced by Carla Wilson of Wilson Media Services. Theme and sponsor music composed and performed by David Wilson. You can learn more at


May 3, 2016

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

Our theme for the April Story Slam was “Respect!” We heard so many great stories this night. We also  ended up in a three-way tie - and that didn’t include a high scoring story from a storyteller who already won this season. What does this mean? You are the  winner, because we’re sharing all four stories in this month’s podcast.

We had to pull the judges to the side of the stage and determine the night’s winner, and in a very close call, the win was awarded to Aaron Spangler. Aaron told this story of taking a trip to Ireland as a teen.

Our second story is from John Strogus. John told this beautiful story of the respect he has for a tutor that helped him in a difficult time.

Our third story is from a first time storyteller at our Story Slam. David Lasky told this tale from a sailing trip he once took.

We just had to let you hear one more story, this one from Beth Horenkamp. Beth has already earned her slot in our Grand Slam but she returned and told this stellar story about having respect for the enormity of her job. 

Thanks for listening! We'd appreciate a rating and review on iTunes.



March 30, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Today we have three stories from our March Story Slam, which was themed CAUGHT! We had a blast with these Caught stories, so today’s podcast features not three, but four stories from the night. 
Our first story is from Beth Horenkamp, who recalls a rather hectic day shortly after the birth of her third child.

Our next storyteller is Mitch Joreckson. Mitch has been a longtime attendee and even took our Storytelling class back in 2015, but this was his first time on stage. We loved so much about this story. 

Some of the stories we hear at Story Slam really tug at our hearts. Tony Crocamo was a first time storyteller at our Caught Story Slam, and his remembrance from his childhood had us all spellbound. 

Our final story is from Josh Witmer. We love this story because basically Josh snitched on himself to his wife, and then to our audience.

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Nothing pairs with good storytelling like great beer, so a big thanks to Levante Brewing Company for their sponsorship of the podcast! 

Social Media

February 28, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante! 

Hi I’m Carla Wilson and you’re listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. Our theme for the February Story Slam was “Social Media!” We love using Facebook and Twitter to connect with friends and family, but sometimes these apps lead to some very awkward moments. 

Liz Yocom won our Story Slam with this one such awkward, but very funny story.  

Our second story from the Social Media Story Slam is from Caitlin Downs. Caitlin explains the incident that led her to get off of Facebook for good. 

Our final story if from Nick Mancini. Nick told his first story in January, and we knew he had a great sense of humor when he described himself as an Italian redneck. Here Nick talks about growing up with social media and how he obtained a very unusual Twitter handle.


February 2, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our theme for the first Story Slam of 2016 was “Resolutions!” We were thrilled that Lancaster friends took the time to dig out from the snowstorm and make their way to Tellus360 for a great night of stories! 

Matthew Kabik won the night, becoming the first person to win Lancaster Story Slam in two consecutive seasons. He had previously won in January 2015! 

We love when people share personal stories with the audience. These moments can really be insightful and touching. Aaron Lewis shared his resolutions story.

Beth Horenkamp is a first time storyteller. We were thrilled that she shared her story of how meeting one man changed her career path, and led to her important work. 

We have one bonus story in today’s podcast. Amber Strazzo took the mic and told her story about moving out of her parent’s house.

If you go to, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter at @lancstoryslam or on facebook at lancaster story slam 
Many thanks to our podcast sponsor, Levante Brewing Company. Elevate your craft!

2015 Grand Slam - Heroes!

January 3, 2016

Today we have three stories from our 2015 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam, which was held in the end of November at Tellus360. At the Grand Slam, the winning storytellers from the season competed for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster. It was a blast, and when the dust settled, Cliff Lewis emerged as the Champion. 

Cliff told a story about how he ended up in a schoolyard feud in high school. The theme of the night was Heroes! 

Our next story from the Grand Slam is from Matt Kabik, and we love this story because - at some point in our life - we’ve all asked the question - why are we friends with that person? Here’s Matt’s story. 

Our final story is from Steve Clark. Steve was still recovering from his first ever marathon when he stepped up to the mic. Here is Steve. 
Our first Lancaster Story Slam of 2016 is taking place at Tellus360 on January 26th. Anyone who wants to tell a story can sign up upon arrival. We ask you to sign a release so we can put your story on Youtube and possibly feature your story in our podcast. Oh, the theme for our January Story Slam is Resolutions! We hope to see you there! 
If you go to, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter at @lancstoryslam or on facebook at lancaster story slam

Nothing pairs with good storytelling like great beer, so a big thanks to Levante Brewing Company for their sponsorship of the podcast! 

Storytelling with Al Monelli - Bonus Episode

December 17, 2015

We're so happy to bring you this bonus podcast episode! I sat down with local filmmaker, Al Monelli, of Monelli Films and we talked about how he tells stories with his films and documentaries. 

Al recently completed production on One Hoops - the 3rd in his Lancaster Trilogy - a project he started in 2014.

One Hoops stars Jenny Hill who "unleashes her imagination on Lancaster with some hula hoops and a little creativity."
I met Jenny Hill this summer at a writing workshop that my co-producer, Jim Breslin, hosted. I connected with Jenny and started following her on social media. She often posts videos of her hooping practice that are just mesmerizing. 
When Al reached out to me to see if I'd be interesting in chatting on the podcast about storytelling, I was sold immediately. Please listen in and enjoy as I learn about Al, his background, and his storytelling. (And Al turns the table and starts asking me questions near the end of the conversation!)

Favorite Stories from the 2015 Season

December 4, 2015
Our first season has come to an end and wow, we heard some amazing stories. On today’s podcast, we’re revisiting three of our favorite stories from the season. These stories didn’t win the monthly story slam but each was powerful in its own way. 

Each of these three storytellers shared something deeply personal about themselves, and in doing so, helped us see the world in a new light. These are stories that made us hold our breath, made us laugh, and made us tear up just a bit. 

First up, Jamie Beth tells about learning an important life lesson while working in a record store as a teenager. Jamie told this story in June. Our theme was “Its My Job.” Our second story is from Hudson. We love how this is such a simple yet insightful story. Hudson told this story at our Guilty Pleasures Story Slam in February 2015.Our final story was told at our Love Hurts Story Slam in April, 2015. Before taking the stage to tell her story, Allison mentioned her son was supposed to be coming to the story slam but had not yet arrived. She kept looking at the door hoping he would make it in time to tell this story. 

Thanks to Allison, Hudson, and Jamie Beth for sharing their stories this season. Thanks to everyone who came out to tell a story, and those who came out to cheer the storytellers on. We have posted our 2016 season - complete with dates and themes - on our website, so please mark your calendar and start planning your story. 
Thanks so much for an amazing first season. Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you in January!