[image-1]It had been a busy day at Storyfort, held in the upstairs gallery at the Linen Building, March 27. Prose stylists and poets from the University of Idaho's literary publication, Fugue Magazine, including Editor-in-Chief Jordan Durham, read from their work. Prior to that, Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, had delivered a talk on the importance of empathy in storytelling.
Treefort Music Fest volunteers had begun performing a soundcheck in the concert space below when Story Story Night hit the Storyfort stage with a preview for its upcoming show, "Say Anything." The sound of an electric keyboard on steroids interrupted SSN organizer Jessica Holmes' story about "advanced Christian sex education," purity rings and an elaborate epistolary breakup.
A story about the things students say to their grade-school teachers was punctuated by a thunderous bass note that caused a metal air duct near the stage to hum. Without missing a beat, the storyteller unfolded a piece of printer paper on which one of her students had drawn a unicorn excreting a rainbow.
"That's what I think a unicorn shitting a rainbow would sound like," she said to cheers from the audience.
"Say Anything" happens Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at El Korah Lounge. Tickets are $10.