After “blowing up his life”, leaving his marriage and his career, Tad Monroe decided to try a recommended three-week solitary retreat. He tried everything imaginable to deal with the loneliness – even climbing and then chopping down trees – before he discovered the truth about being alone.
Justin Wadland wrote his first book while working full-time, finishing his MFA, and becoming a father for the first time. He followed a brutal schedule to get it written, and then a full-body case of psoriasis showed him the price of joining the author’s club.
Nora Leider found the love of her life, and a passion for volunteer service, at Tacoma’s Guadalupe House. What she didn’t find was a way to tell her straight-laced, mainstream parents that she chose the urban missionary lifestyle of a Catholic Worker.
Rebelling against puberty and spending too long with Ken Burns’ documentaries, Christy Fisher thought she would finally find her tribe at an eight-week summer camp. It wasn’t until she got learned the camp’s religious beliefs that she decided becoming a lady was better than be-bopping across the Universe.
All of the Slam members faced the terrifying initiation of stepping in front of roomful of strangers and sharing their lives, right off the top of their heads. We welcome them to the “Member Only” Story Club.