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Students will share their experiences in diversity in Eastern Kentucky University’s first StorySLAM, to be held Tuesday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at Purdy’s Coffee Co., 212 W. Main St. in downtown Richmond.

StorySLAM is a storytelling event, similar to a poetry slam. The stories are told without scripts in front of a live audience.  The free program is open to the public.

The event is a part of #DiversityFirst First Amendment Week, an annual celebration of citizens’ constitutional rights that also serves to raise awareness about those rights.

“StorySLAM lets students tell their own experiences,” said Ginny Whitehouse, a professor in the Department of Communication. “It’s a way to share their stories and celebrate free expression.”

Students for this year’s StorySLAM are drawn from Professor Jennifer Fairchild’s advanced public speaking class in the department. Storytellers include: Lauran Berger, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Chance Edwards, Bushnell, Florida.; Hannah Howell, Owingsville, Kentucky; Raley Martin, Lebanon, Kentucky; Kerek Plummer, Lexington, Kentucky; Jose Rebolledo, Frankfort, Kentucky; and Katie Grant, Karoline Hix, Morgan Romans and Cody Stork, all of Richmond, Kentucky.

The event will be livestreamed at the Department of Communication’s Facebook page: