Big Shorts

Big Shorts was our live storytelling series at Stanford's largest, coziest café, the Coho. Modeled on storytelling series like The Moth in New York and Porchlight in San Francisco, Big Shorts featured faculty, students and accomplished Bay Area authors telling true stories. In the winter and spring of 2012 we had ten shows on Tuesday nights. You can now watch selections from these performances right here just by clicking on the images to the right. A roster of our past performances is below.

Soon we'll reignite live storytelling on campus, through our ongoing "Story Night" series. Like us on facebook or follow us on twitter to stay up-to-date on all of our on-campus goings-on!

Winter 2012

January 17 Tobias Wolff Skip Horack Xandra Clark

January 24 Michelle Carter Colley Windsor Tyler Fitzgerald

January 31 Joe Loya Dan Archer Max Sosna-Spear

February 21 Julie Lythcott-Haims Ericka Lutz Anna Garbier

February 28 Safiya Martinez Kevin DiPirro Rachel Hamburg

Spring 2012

April 10 Joe Klocek Dan Klein Zuzanna Drozdz

April 24 Marvin K. White Lisa Marie Rollins Tom Freeland

May 8 Andrew Todhunter Kevin DiPirro Matt Harnack

May 22 Adam Johnson Dhaya Lakshminarayanan Timothy Huang

Select Recordings

Click on the images below for a sample of what our lives shows are like.

Anna Garbier

Anna Garbier February 21, 2012 Stanford Senior, majoring in Linguistics

Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff January 17, 2012 Author of This Boy's Life, The Barrack's Thief, Old School, and The Night in Question

Joe Loya

Joe Loya January 31, 2012 Author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell

Joe Klocek

Joe Klocek Joe Klocek's storytelling show, Previously Secret Information, was voted best new storytelling show in San Francisco by the SF WEEKLY.

Dan Archer

Dan Archer Dan Archer is a journalist and 2011 Knight Fellow at Stanford. He created “A Graphic History of the Honduran Coup.”

Lisa Marie Rollins

Lisa Marie Rollins Lisa Marie Rollins is a writer and performer currently touring her comedic solo play, "Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl's Story of being Adopted into a White Family... that aren't Celebrities."

Dan Klein

Dan Klein Dan Klein teaches improv all over the university and the world. He also performs sketches and writes books with the Kasper Hasuer Comedy Group.

Harry R. Hall

Harry R. Hall Harry R. Hall (aka Heru) is an aspiring playwright, broadcaster on KCSM Jazz 91.1 FM, and Bay Area black historian. He blends music with active storytelling weaving new myths from the old world.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson Adam Johnson is the author of three books of fiction, including The Orphan Master's Son, set in North Korea. He talks about deciding to go to college.

Kevin DiPirro

Kevin DiPirro Kevin DiPirro teaches writing, performance, and playwriting at Stanford University. He tells a story of the millennial year 2000 and a nerve-racking trip to India.

Andrew Todhunter

Andrew Todhunter Andrew Todhunter is a Stanford lecturer and the author of three books, He reads Fall of the Phantom Lord a story about the gamble of life.

Cooley Windsor

Cooley Windsor Cooley Windsor is a poet and fiction writer. He is the author of Visit Me in California.

Matt Harnack

Matt Harnack Matt Harnack is a video producer by trade, but is honing his skills as a raconteur in preparation for the inevitable digital collapse.

Zuzanna Drozdz

Zuzanna Drozdz Zuzanna Drozdz runs the Common Ground Garden in Palo Alto, where she is learning how to grow soil and community within a closed-loop framework.