Welcome to the Truth Be Told website, where you can find information about our bi-monthly (that means every other month) story slam in Boulder, Colorado — as well as storytelling tips, photos, videosworkshops and coaching.

Truth Be Told began in February of 2013. We started it because we wanted to create an ongoing performance series in Boulder that features great stories well-told. We also wanted to build a community of fellow storytellers and story lovers to help bring more stories into the world and onto the stage.

So, welcome to the community! We’re excited to meet you. If you’re not already on the mailing list, sign up here to get updates on upcoming slams and other projects we’re brewing. Then click around the website to see photos, watch videos, and get some tips for the story YOU might share on the Truth Be Told stage.

Hope to see you at the next slam!
Johanna and Nina


April 19: at Shine, theme: DIRT
June 21: at eTown, theme: WHO’S YOUR DADDY?
August 9: TBA
September 12: at B​oulder Public Library​
September 13: at D​enver Public Library​
(9/12 & 13 as part of the Jaipur Literary Festival)
November 1: at e​T​own
December 13: at e​T​own


Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to TBT’s outreach projects for 2015? Click here.

Featured Storytellers for April


Cooper Braun

Cooper Braun was born in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up without a television and so found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor, has a BA in Theater from Union College and has been working as a professional theater technician the last nine years. Returning to the world of live storytelling two years ago he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Storytelling advisory board. He performs regularly in Longmont and Boulder. He makes up one half of the storytelling duo Stories with Spirit.



John ForrestJohn Forrest

John Forrest is the alter ego of some other dude, who’s married to the talented and extraordinary Shana Cordon. Forrest is a writer of stories wondrous, with fictions in Crossed Genre’s Fierce Family, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Envisage, Apex, and elsewhere. His most recent collection of short tales, Delicate Ministrations, is out now, along with a novel, A Requiem Dawn, published in January. You can learn more about him at jlforrest.com.





April 2015

Sunday, April 19

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th St, Boulder, CO
$12 general early bird (by April 6, $15 thereafter) / $20 front rows

Purchase tickets here.


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Featured storytellers will be announced soon!

April’s Theme:


After February’s sold-out Grand Slam at eTown Hall, TRUTH BE TOLD story slam returns to their “home stage” at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place 2027 13th St, in Boulder on Sunday, April 19 to dig into their third season, with DIRT as the storytelling theme. Doors open at 7pm; show starts 7:30pm. Admission is $15; $20 for guaranteed front row seats. Early-bird tickets are $12 if purchased before April 6.

Musical guests this month are Sharon Glassman, frequent Truth Be Told story contributor, and author of the comic novel-with-songs, Blame it on Hoboken, and singer Tom Weiser.

Grand Slam Photos

Featured Storytellers for Grand Slam

We are beyond excited about our Featured Storytellers for the upcoming Grand Slam. We’re delighted to welcome them back to the Truth Be Told stage, February 22nd! Read about them here.
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Grand Slam–February 2015

Sunday, February 22

Doors open 6pm
show starts at 6:30

eTown Hall
1535 Spruce St, Boulder, CO

Tickets available here


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Traci Brown, Lindsay Bourgoine, Eryc Eyl,
Morley McBride, Glenna Murdock, Ellen Nordberg,
Jim Walker, and Ted Weaver.

This month’s house band (band name forth coming) is comprised of: Nina Rolle, Dave Willey, Tom Weiser, Jessica Cerullo, and Sharon Glassman.

February’s Theme:

Photos from December 2014–SMALL WORLD

Check out the photos from our December slam…video coming soon!

Keep Reading

Jim Walker’s Borderline Story

Jim Walker’s international adventure turns into a life and death situation at the August, 2014 Truth Be Told story slam. The theme for the night was Borderline.

Our Slam Hosts: Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker

April, 2014 Truth Be Told story slam. The theme for the night was Lost & Found.

Ted Weaver’s Bordline Story “Arlo”

A folk hero saves the day in Ted Weaver’s story “Arlo”, which won the Funniest Damn Story category at the August, 2014. The theme for the night was Borderline.

Eryc Eyl’s Teacher! Teacher! Story

Eryc Eyl gives his account of an exceptional high school student, to whom he gave some exceptional advice at the October, 2014 Truth Be Told story slam. The theme for the night was Teacher! Teacher!

Dee Covington’s Teacher! Teacher! Story

Dee Covington tells her captivating tale of powerful life teachers from Warsaw, Missouri to Boulder at the October, 2014 Truth Be Told story slam. The theme for the night was Teacher! Teacher!

Lindsey Bourgoigne’s Teacher! Teacher! story

First Place Winner from our October slam with her hilarious story of an unfortunate mistranslation while studying Spanish in Panama.