MFA Alum Performs at Moth Mainstage

Graham Shelby at The Moth Mainstage in New York in July 2013.
Photo by Jason Falchook.

Graham Shelby (MFA in creative nonfiction ’10) was invited by producers of The Moth Radio Hour to perform an original story at the Moth Mainstage in New York City in July. The Moth Mainstage series has featured writers and performers including Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Cho and Neil Gaiman.

The story Graham told was one he’d developed as part of his creative thesis in the Spalding MFA program. The Moth’s executive director Sarah Haberman called Graham’s story “moving and memorable,” and the show was recorded for possible future use on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast.

Graham wrote about the surprising lessons he learned from the Moth, including new insights into storytelling and his own family history, in the essay “Telling Stories” published in the Louisville Courier-Journal.