SoundBites - Fri., Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm

Season 2 Coming Soon!

Maine Public is proudly sponsoring the SoundBites finale LIVE at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Friday evening, November 15 at 7:30 pm. Join us for this extra special evening of storytelling, Maine style. Tickets can be purchased at

SoundBites is a program presented by Frontier Studios, a nonprofit extension of Frontier in Brunswick. SoundBites is a live storytelling series running from May through November each year. Each night of storytelling is crafted around a unique theme changing monthly. The finale's theme is "Unmasked," and the stories will be tied to the many creative ways of interpreting this theme.

More information about SoundBites, including how to attend a live storytelling event, is at

The new season of SoundBites will be podcast and broadcast on Sunday nights on Maine Public Radio. Stay tuned!

Lush, Green Herbs of Rebellion

Feb 7, 2019

Katie Liesener is a writer and storyteller who has performed in over 90 shows across nine states. She is a Moth GrandSlam champion and a Massmouth "Big Mouth Off" champion, and she has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival. Her written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, and various other publications.

Waxing for a Cross-Country Wedding

Feb 7, 2019

Janice O’Rourke has had a winding road kind of life. She grew up in New Jersey helping her mother learn lines to Neil Simon plays. She performed all of A Chorus Line to the living room couch whenever the house was empty (one time getting a fat lip on the side of the coffee table during “At the Ballet”). Janice worked as an actor and singer songwriter for many years in New York City, as well as in Maine. Janice now works at L.L. Bean, where she designs and delivers senior leader development and organizational learning. She and her photographer husband, Darren Setlow, are raising two boys and a dog to be outsiders through and through.   

Seven Days, Two Mothers, One Mother Nature

Feb 7, 2019

Sandi Marx has been touring the country telling stories for the past four years. Most recently, she was featured on PBS’s Stories From the Stage, and also at last year’s Women’s Comedy Festival in Boston. A seven-time MothSlam champ, Sandi is the mother of three grown children (who continue to pray that she won’t tell stories about them).

Hotel or Meth Lab?

Feb 7, 2019

Samuel James is an award-winning songwriter, one of the world’s most innovative guitar players, and a Moth-featured storyteller. He brings all of this to his live performances, which can be part theater concert, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party, and part stand-up comedy. He was born the last in a long line of performers, including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s.

A Quest to Find God and Win a Girl

Feb 7, 2019

Max García Conover is a Maine-based songwriter currently signed to the Spanish record label Son Canciones. He’s spent the last five years touring the U.S. and Europe, playing lyric-driven, politically charged folk songs. This is his first time telling a story on stage without a guitar in his hands.  

Hiking Mount Katahdin

Feb 7, 2019

Bree Candland is a teacher, traveler, music lover, and animal enthusiast. A proud alumna of Bowdoin College, she has taught social studies at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham since 2001. She studied abroad in Namibia in 1999, attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, and earned an MA in Theology in 2011. Bree started writing nearly seven years ago to document her extensive concert-going experiences. Bree adores her orange tabby cats, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher, loves the beach, and stops to pet every dog in her path (after asking for permission, of course). She has never told a story on stage before, because captive classrooms of 15-year-olds don’t fully count.

Walking Through Suicidal Thoughts

Feb 7, 2019

Sultana Khan is a writer and activist who lives in South Portland, Maine. She writes for the Portland Phoenix about women's issues and allydom in the Trump era. She also works with Maine youth to support their leadership development. Sultana is currently finishing her first book of essays about mental health.

The Big Green Slide

Feb 7, 2019

Matthew Dicks is an internationally bestselling author. When he isn’t writing, Matthew fills his time as an elementary school teacher, a professional storyteller, a wedding DJ, a minister, a blogger, and a life coach. Matthew is a 36-time Moth StorySLAM champion and six-time GrandSLAM champion who has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and This American Life. He’s the co-founder and artistic director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 

Matthew lives in Newington, Connecticut. He’s married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of 18 and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself. 

Living the Life She Wants

Feb 7, 2019

Marsha Greenberg is currently living the life she wants as an entrepreneur, leadership consultant, and educator. She lives on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine with her husband, Steve Schuit. They have two adult sons and three wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy traveling around the world, laughing, cooking, eating wonderful food, and drinking great wine. Marsha has completed two marathons and several triathlons. She and her husband recently walked 500 hundred miles across Spain completing the Camino de Santiago. She recently spent four years living and working in South Korea, and she recently went to Budapest for a 10-month teaching assignment. 

Compassion Is the Solution

Feb 7, 2019

Katie Rutherford mostly tells stories in the form of grant writing or to a small group of friends around her sister’s fire pit. However, she has performed live during a pretend Moth StorySlam game with her niece and nephew. When she is not spending her time working as a professional fundraiser (for a cause that is very important to her), you’ll find Katie getting extremely fired up about politics, enjoying a nice glass of wine, running, paddle boarding, or fulfilling a pact she made with her niece to always agree to a surprise dance in the streets in the style of La La Land. 

A Great White Shark, Probably Named Tim

Feb 7, 2019

Drew Prochaska is a two-time Moth StorySlam winner, who has been featured on the RISK!, StoryCollider, and Yum's the Word podcasts. In December 2016, he debuted his solo show, The Artichoke Queen, at Standard ToyKraft in Brooklyn. He lives in Beacon, New York with his dog, Lula.

Earning "Jew Cred"

Feb 7, 2019

Nina Lichtenstein is a writer and teacher, born and raised in Oslo, Norway. She lived in CT for many years, where she raised her three Jewish Viking sons Thor, Balder and Odin. When they flew the nest she migrated North to Brunswick, Maine, to pursue a quiet writing life, which is constantly interrupted. Nina also loves welcoming guests at her unique Airbnb barn in town, and sort of regularly practices yoga in a never quite successful attempt to find her zen. 

"My Name Is Myles Green"

Feb 7, 2019

Myles Green is a union leader of graduate employees at UMass Boston and co-director of the Social Justice Mediation Program of the Boston Medical Center. He's also a beekeeper, a writer, and a keen advocate of recording oral histories in everyone's family because, if we don't record our own stories, they just might not stand the test of time. We are our children's ancestors!

Old Foreign Men and Flying

Feb 7, 2019


Mark Pagán is an award-winning film and podcast producer, storyteller, writer, and former b-boy. A Moth Storyslam winner, Mark's work and performances have been shown at festivals and shows worldwide, including Slamdance Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Charleston Comedy Festival, RISK!, The Moth, Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, Story Collider, Peoples Improv Theater, and Magnet Theater. He currently produces and hosts the series and live show, "Other Men Need Help." 

A Transylvanian Grill

Feb 7, 2019

Kimberly Curry loves to come back to her native state of Maine as much as she loves traveling the world! After the Peace Corps, she fulfilled that reverse wanderlust by returning home to Maine to work in the nonprofit world. Currently, she is the Director of Community Relations at Goodwill Northern New England where she is proud to promote the good will of Goodwill. When Kimberly is not in her art studio painting with watercolors or beeswax, she is making popovers in her kitchen. She has not won any prizes for storytelling (yet) but when she was in kindergarten her drawing of a giant sheep made her the winner of a school wide contest. She has hungered for more ever since.