The WordPlay Cafe open mic series culminates in an exciting stage show featuring storytellers, spoken word artists and musicians. Judged by professional storytellers and members of the audience, the Story Slam is a platform for celebrating one of humanity's oldest arts forms while also using competition as a way to challenge story-tellers to take new risk.


Ten storytellers who have been participating in this season's open mic will go head to head in a two-round slam to be crowned the Champ. Even though there will be only one winner, the point of this exciting event is the stories and how they connect us, not the score.


  1. Vicent Lefland
  2. Jason Griffith
  3. Cathy Shappell
  4. Cynthia Wheeler
  5. Monique Espinoza
  6. Alexis Patton
  7. Jessica Lee Randon
  8. Alexis McKenzey
  9. Brittany Meador
  10. Dan Meyers


Partnering with Creative Catalysts, the WordPlay Cafe open mic creates a platform for community members to become the storytellers, poets, and musicians. It is here where artist have the opportunity to craft, mold, and present their work by simply showing up and putting their name on the list.




Presented by Mesa Arts Center | Facilitated by Creative Catalysts, an initiative of Mesa Arts Center