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Talk Shop: My Washington City Paper cover feature on Story District's 20th* anniversary

Chris Klimek

 Amy Saidman (center), seen in this 2005 postcard, wanted to be clear this was not for kids.

Amy Saidman (center), seen in this 2005 postcard, wanted to be clear this was not for kids.

The oral yarn-spinning concern now known by the moniker Story District is the subject of this week's Washington City Paper cover feature—my fourth, I think. I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out. I only regret that I didn't find the right space to mention John Kevin Boggs, who was a huge contributor to that organization, and to DC's performing arts community in general, as a storyteller and instructor. He passed away in March of 2015, much, much too soon.

*Kinda. The Speakeasy open mics, which were started by Washington Storytellers Theatre (est. 1991), began in 1997. WST became SpeakeasyDC in 2005 and then Story District in 2015.