tenx9podcastWe made ourselves a podcast! You’ve been asking for a while, and we’ve heard you. The Tenx9 Nashville podcast was launched Summer 2017 and updates once a month with live stories from the previous month’s Tenx9 event in Nashville. You can find links to the episodes below, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

A note to explain how this page is organized. Below you will find an interview with Michael McRay on his experience starting Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, and an introduction to the monthly event. Podcast episodes are organized by month, with the latest episodes on top. The stories in these episodes are from storytellers who have given us permission to have their stories on the podcast.

Thanks to the initiative, hard work, and expertise of Gayathri Narasimham and John Sloop for bringing this into being!

Podcast episodes

October 2018: All in a day
Part 1 (Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Becca Risley, Kristen Cherry, Tamara S)

Part 2 (Jeremy Raley, Jacquelyn Miller, Steve Ettinger, Annette McRay)
 


September 2018: Nashville
Part 1 (Ty Powers, Emily McMackin, Mercedi Surface)

Part 2 (Rose Prince, Iisha Lemming, Rob McRay)

Part 3 (Christy James, Sally Amkoa, Annette McRay)


August 2018: Almost

Part 1 (Pratik Patel, Raj Gummi, Drew Dunlop)

Part 2 (Kat Marsh, Joshua Yancey, Caroline DuBois)

Part 3 (Kerrie Cooper, Simon Tan)


July 2018: Regrets

Part 1 (Elly Haddad, Mary Margaret Randall, Alexandra Bacchus)

Part 2 (Cynthia Bennett, Melissa Ford Thornton)

Part 3 (Ty Powers, Rebecca Haddad, Jacquelyn Miller)


June 2018: Parents

Part 1 (Hamish MacFarlane, Melissa Jean, Ty Powers)

Part 2 (Anna M., Pratik Patel, Adam Hill)

Part 3 (John Sloop, Trey Ward, Kerrie Cooper)


May 2018: Snapshot

Part 1 (Bassam Zahid, Barbara Moss, Jessica Kelley)

Part 2 (Laura McLeod, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza)

Part 3 (Kelby Wenger, Christina Kennon, Marissa C)


April 2018: Lost

Part 1 (Matt Kelley, Anna Powell, Steve Alexander)

Part 2 (Cindy McCain, Jack Woods)

Part 3 (Sharon Bowen, Chloe Dolandis, Erin Truman)

Understory


March 2018: OUCH

Introduction

Part 1 (Robert Lucas, Ty Powers, Tracey Lindsey)

Part 2 (Pam Reese, Holly Thompson)

Part 3 (BD Zell, Bekah Stogner, Becca Risley)

Understory


February 2018: Things I never told my parents

Introduction

Part 1 (Gayathri Narasimham, Sally Amkoa, Amanda Bloomer)

Part 2 (Melissa Ford Thornton, Eliza Hertzan)

Part 3 (Jeannie Alexander, Anna Powell)

Understory


January 2018: OMG

Introduction and Part 1 (Marilyn Austin, Melissa Jean, Bill Drescher)

Part 2 (Madison Ayers, Anna Teeples, David McRay)

Part 3 (JW Heacock, Simon Tam, CJ Casciotta)

Understory


December 2017: That was awkward

Introduction

Part 1 (John Sloop, Ty Powers, Deepa Sundaram, Darlene Valencia)

Part 2 (Rob McRay, Brittany Sky McRay, Bekah Stogner, Christy Lynch)

Understory

November 2017: When I was young

Introduction

Part 1 (Jeff Shearer, Kathleen Pritchartt, Richard Hughes)

Part 2 (Q’uana Underwood, Jan Hughes, Kathy Palomino)

Part 3 (Annette Jackson McRay, Gabby Depalo, Michael Williams)

Understory

October 2017: It seemed like a good idea at the time

Introduction

Part 1 (Lily Wilson, Sally Amkoa, Leah Aknay)

Part 2 (Deepa Sundaram, Lizzy Roddy, Alex Pollack)

Part 3 (Kate Webster, Wendell McGuirk, Shana Teasdale)

Understory

September 2017: Nashville

Introduction

Part 1 (Rachel Gladstone, Matthew Kelley, Sarah Fye)

Part 2 (Dana Malone, Jeff Shearer)

Part 3 (Amberley Dziesinski, Brittany Sky McRay, Elisa Hertzan)

Understory

August 2017: Words

Introduction

Part 1 (Melissa Jean, River Jordan, Jim McKairnes)

Part 2 (Elly Haddad, Leslie LaChance, Kristen Chapman Gibbons)

Part 3 (Christy Lynch, Michael Van Kerckhove, Jeff Shearer)

Understory

July 2017: Different

Introduction

Part 1 (Irene Williams, Lynn Marie Rink, Barbara Moss)

Part 2 (Kathleen Cosgrove, Heather Lawrence, Pam Smith)

Part 3 (Kristen Gibbons, Laurie Stevens, Rebecca Haddad)

Understory

June 2017: People Move

Introduction

Part 1 (Hamish Macfarlane, Karla Vazquez)

Part 2 (Rebecca Haddad, Bhim Subedi, Gail Bonneau)

Part 3 (Pratik Dash, David McRay, Jose Quezada)

Understory

May 2017: Show and Tell

Introduction

Part 1 (Wendell McGuirk, Amber Thompson, Caren Austen)

Part 2 (John W. Heacock (JW), Irene Williams, Evert Wilbrink)

Part 3 (Christy Lynch)

April 2017: Trouble

Introduction

River Jordan

Gayathri Narasimham

Taylor Irwin

Jenny Rice


INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL McRAY, CURATOR/COHOST OF TENX9 NASHVILLE


INTRODUCTION TO TENX9 NASHVILLE


OCTOBER 2018 – ALL IN A DAY

Michael McRay introduces this month’s theme, All In a Day, which is a repeat from several years ago, and comprise stories of events that happened within a 24 hour period. Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Becca Risley, Kristen Cherry, and Tamara S are the storytellers in this first part of All in a Day.


Jeremy Raley, Jacquelyn Miller, Steve Ettinger, and Annette McRay are the storytellers in this second part of All In a Day. Rob McRay provides the understory and the next month’s theme is announced.


SEPTEMBER 2018 – NASHVILLE

Michael McRay’s intro to Tenx9 storytelling and the podcast – this month is the beginning of the sixth year of Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling and Michael highlights some important statistics from over the years. Ty Powers, Emily McMackin, and Mercedi Surface are the storytellers in this first part of Nashville.


Rose Prince, Iisha Lemming, and Rob McRay are the storytellers in this second part of Nashville.


Christy James, Sally Amkoa, and Annette McRay are the storytellers in this third part of Nashville. Rob McRay provides the understory and the next month’s theme is announced.


AUGUST 2018 – ALMOST

Michael McRay’s intro to Tenx9 storytelling and the podcast. This month’s event is in collaboration with The Porch Writer’s Collective, and Susannah Felts, Co-director and Co-founder provides the intro for some storytellers. Pratik Patel, Raj Gummi, and Drew Dunlop are the storytellers in this first part of Almost.


Kat (Katherine) Marsh, Joshua Yancey, and Caroline DuBois are the storytellers in this second part of Almost.

Kerrie Cooper, and Simon Tan are the storytellers in this third part of Almost.
Rob McRay provides the understory; and the next month’s theme is announced.


JULY 2018 – REGRETS

Michael McRay’s intro to Tenx9 storytelling and the podcast. Elly Haddad, Mary Margaret Randall, and Alexandra Bacchus are the storytellers in this first part of Regrets.


Cynthia Bennett, and Melissa Ford Thornton are the storytellers in this second part of Regrets.


Ty Powers, Rebecca Haddad, and Jacquelyn Miller are the storytellers in this third part of Regrets.
Rob McRay provides the understory; and the next month’s theme is announced.


JUNE 2018 – PARENTS

Michael McRay’s intro to Tenx9 storytelling and the podcast. Hamish MacFarlane, Melissa Jean, and Ty Powers are the storytellers in this first part of Parents.


Anna M., Pratik Patel, and Adam Hill are the storytellers in this second part of Parents.


John Sloop, Trey Ward, and Kerrie Cooper are the storytellers in this third part of Parents.
Rob McRay provides the understory; and the next month’s theme is announced.


MAY 2018 – SNAPSHOT

Michael McRay’s intro to Tenx9 storytelling and the podcast. Bassam Zahid, Barbara Moss, Jessica Kelley are the storytellers in this first part of Snapshot.


Laura McLeod, and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza are the storytellers in this second part of Snapshot.


Kelby Wenger, Christina Kennon, Marissa C are the storytellers in this third part of Snapshot. Rob McRay follows with the understory.


APRIL 2018 – LOST

Michael McRay provides the introduction to this month’s event and the storytellers. Matt Kelley, Anna Powell, and Steve Alexander are our storytellers in this first part of Lost.


Cindy McCain, and Jack Woods are our storytellers in this second part of Lost.


Sharon Bowen, Chloe Dolandis, and Erin Truman are our storytellers in this third part of Lost.


Finally, here’s Rob McRay’s understory for Lost!


MARCH 2018 – OUCH

Rob McRay provides the introduction in Michael McRay’s absence; Rob hands over to John Sloop to introduce the storytellers.


Robert Lucas, Ty Powers, and Tracey Lindsey are our storytellers in this first part of OUCH. John Sloop introducing the first storytellers of the night: “I’m really excited about tonight…out of the nine storytellers, we’re going to have six debut storytellers…this has got to be incredible, something close to the first year.”


Pam Reese and Holly Thompson are our storytellers in this second part of OUCH.


BD Zell, Bekah Stogner, and Becca Risley are our storytellers in this third part of OUCH.


Finally, here’s Rob McRay’s understory on OUCH!


FEBRUARY 2018 – THINGS I NEVER TOLD MY PARENTS

The introduction by Michael McRay!


Gayathri Narasimham, Sally Amkoa, and Amanda Bloomer are our storytellers in this first part of Things I never told my parents.


Melissa Ford Thornton, and Eliza Hertzan are our storytellers in this second part of Things I never told my parents.


Jeannie Alexander, and Anna Powell are our storytellers in this third part of Things I never told my parents.


Finally, here’s Rob McRay’s brilliant understory on Things I never told my parents!


JANUARY 2018 – OMG

From the introduction by Michael McRay, “Tonight’s theme is OMG!” Marilyn Austin, Melissa Jean, and Bill Drescher are our storytellers in this first part that follows Michael’s introduction.


Madison Ayers, Anna Teeples, and David McRay are our storytellers in this second part of OMG.


JW Heacock, Simon Tam, and C J Casciotta are our storytellers in this third part of OMG.


And, finally, here’s the understory for OMG, from Rob McRay.


DECEMBER 2017 – THAT WAS AWKWARD

From the introduction, by Michael McRay, “Tonight’s theme of course is ‘That was awkward,’ in time for the holidays…I think we are going to have a bit of an abbreviated night tonight…since our very first theme four years ago we don’t have a full line-up; we had three storytellers drop out…I’m hoping we will have eight stories for you…”


John Sloop, Ty Powers, Deepa Sundaram, and Darlene Valencia are our storytellers in That was awkward: Part 1.


Rob McRay, Brittany Sky McRay, Bekah Stogner, and Christy Lynch are our storytellers in That was awkward: Part 2.


And, finally, here’s the understory for That was awkward, from Rob McRay.


NOVEMBER 2017 – WHEN I WAS YOUNG

From the introduction, by Michael McRay, “Tonight…we are partnering with One Voice Nashville; …because One Voice Nashville works with youth…four of the nine storytellers are under the age of 20 and five are over the age of 65.” Founder and Director of One Voice Nashville Mary Margaret Randall, “…the name literally comes from two people that could sit down and share stories, who are very different on paper, but sit down and find that one voice, that human connection through stories…”


Jeff Shearer, Kathleen Pritchartt, and Richard Hughes are our storytellers in When I was young: Part 1.


Q’uana Underwood, Jan Hughes, and Kathy Palomino are our storytellers in When I was young: Part 2.


Annette Jackson McRay, Gabby Depalo, and Michael Williams are our storytellers in When I was young: Part 3.


And finally, here’s the understory for When I was young, from Rob McRay.


OCTOBER 2017 – IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME

From the introduction by Michael McRay, “You are in for all kinds of great stories, things that seemed like a good idea at the time.”


Lily Wilson, Sally Amkoa, and Leah Aknay are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 1


Deepa Sundaram, Lizzy Roddy, and Alex Pollack are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 2


Kate Webster, Wendell McGuirk, Shana Teasdale are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 3


And finally, here’s the understory for Seemed like a Good Idea, from Rob McRay.


SEPTEMBER 2017 – NASHVILLE


From the introduction by Michael McRay, “Tonight is our four year anniversary theme…every September on the anniversary of starting Tenx9 we do stories about or that took place in our good Music City.”


Rachel Gladstone, Matthew Kelley, and Sarah Fye are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 1.


Dana Malone, and Jeff Shearer are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 2.


Amberley Dziesinski, Brittany Sky McRay, and Elisa Hertzan are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 3.


And finally, here’s the understory for Nashville, from Rob McRay.


AUGUST 2017 – WORDS


From the introduction by Michael McRay for this “first-ever event at Parnassus,” “Last August and this August we are very grateful to partner with the excellent folks at The Porch Writer’s Collective,” and Susannah Felts, Co-director and Co-founder of The Porch Writer’s Collective, “We are a Nashville literary center, which means we do lots of things to empower, educate, and inspire creative writers in the Nashville community…”


Melissa Jean, River Jordan, and Jim McKairnes are our storytellers in Words: Part 1.


Elly Haddad, Leslie LaChance, and Kristen Chapman Gibbons are our storytellers in Words: Part 2.


Christy Lynch, Michael Van Kerckhove, and Jeff Shearer are our storytellers in Words: Part 3.


And finally, here’s the understory for Words, from Rob McRay.


JULY 2017 – DIFFERENT


From Michael’s introduction to Different, “Consider tenx9 practice for real life…more practice for listening…where we listen and empathize without having to agree with each other, listen and empathize with people who see the world differently.”


Irene Williams, Lynn Marie Rink, and Barbara Moss are our storytellers in Different: Part 1.


Kathleen Cosgrove, Heather Lawrence, and Pam Smith are our storytellers in Different: Part 2.


Kristen Gibbons, Laurie Stevens, and Rebecca Haddad are our storytellers in Different: Part 3.


And, finally, here’s the understory for Different, from Rob McRay.


JUNE 2017 – PEOPLE MOVE (w/ TENNESSEE IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE RIGHTS COALITION)


This month’s event was co-hosted by John Sloop and Stephanie Teatro (Co-executive Director, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition or TIRRC). From John Sloop’s introduction for this month’s podcast, “…(Stephanie) talked about how important it was for people who are on the move to share their stories…”



Hamish Macfarlane and Karla Vazquez are our storytellers in People Move: Part 1.



Rebecca Haddad, Bhim Subedi, and Gail Bonneau are our storytellers in People Move: Part 2.



Pratik Dash, David McRay, and José Quezada are our storytellers in People Move: Part 3.



And finally, here’s the understory and more, from People Move.



MAY 2017 – SHOW & TELL

From Michael’s introduction to Show and Tell, “…the idea here is for folks to bring an object of significance to them, much like you do in school, and tell the true story from their lives, where their lives intersected with their object…”


Wendell McGuirk, Amber Thompson, and Caren Austen are our storytellers in Show and Tell: Part 1.


John W. Heacock (JW), Irene Williams, and Evert Wilbrink are our storytellers in Show and Tell: Part 2.


Christy Lynch is the sole storyteller in Show and Tell: Part 3.



APRIL 2017 – TROUBLE

The first stories in our podcast are from River Jordan, Gayathri Narasimham, Taylor Irwin, and Jenny Rice. As Michael McRay states in the theme introduction, the episodes below are “stories about getting into trouble, maybe as a kid or as an adult, relationships that got you in trouble…, when you began or quit feeling troubled by a place, idea, or a person …”





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