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THE MOTH AND THE MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER PRESENT: THE MOTH MAINSTAGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 89.3 WFPL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 SIXTH FLOOR, VIEW POINTE HALL6:30PM DOORS OPEN :: 7:30PM STORIES BEGIN The theme will be Holding On And Letting Go: The Moth in Louisville. Our Host: Jon Goode is an author, poet and playwright who hails from Richmond,Virginia and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry, TVOne’s Verses & Flow and BET’s Lyric Café. His stage play Khalas was showcased in the 2013 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. In 2006 Jon’s work with Nick @ Nite earned him an Emmy nomination alongside the Promax Gold for best copyright North America. Jon has toured the college performance circuit extensively and has performed at over 500 colleges and universities. Jon’s debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit,was published in 2015; has received to date 43 five star reviews; spent 12 weeks as the #1 title in its category on Amazon.com and is the best-reviewed book of poetry on Amazon.com for 2015/16. Our Storytellers: RayChristian is are tired Army Paratrooper, Combat veteran, Doctor of Education and Adjunct Professor teaching African American History and Storytelling at AppalachianState University. His stories have appeared in Reader’s Digest’s 2016 Best Stories in America and 2017 American Hero’s editions. As a competitive storyteller, Ray is a ten-time Moth Story Slam Champion and winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. He resides in the remote, mountains of Watauga County, NC where he raises an assortment of pigs, chickens, ducks,turkeys and dogs. RubyCooper grew up in an Irish bar in Foxberg, PA, is a mother, grandmother, activist, teacher, writer,comic, (was) a go-go dancer, and has traveled to much of the world alone,first-class on a buddy pass. Over the decades, she has survived war,pestilence, austerity, deceit … No wait, those were her marriages. Her book,Irish Mongrel Child, is available on Amazon. She is currently writing a solo show—Old White Bitch, the Early Years—stories about being a liberal Yankee in the south during the civil rights movement in the early 60s. You can find her at rubycooper.com and storytellingmadefunandeasy.com Hannah Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, and the author of 10 books. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race and her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2019 during Super Bowl Sunday,Hannah’s poem, “All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy,” which addresses the protest by Colin Kaepernick, was shared by film writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay, and then shared by Kaepernick. The poem has been viewed more than two million times. Hannah’s commentary on life and challenging others to dream bigger have been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama. In February 2019,Hannah was selected by the Muhammad Ali Center to be a Daughter of Greatness which features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. Hannah’s message is thought-provoking and at times challenging, but Hannah believes that it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change can take place. “My sole purpose in writing and speaking is …