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Meet the storytellers for Converging Stories: Distance + Exploration

Converging Stories is a local live storytelling series from Raleigh Convergence. Through true, first-person stories, we foster empathy and understanding, connecting neighbors.

Each night of storytelling has a theme. Monday’s stories will be about Distance and Exploration. 

🎟️ TICKETS: Purchase tickets through Eventbrite, $12.

🗓️ EVENT DETAILS: Converging Stories: Distance + Exploration will be 7 p.m. this Monday (July 12) at Transfer Co. Ballroom, 500 E. Davie Street in Downtown Raleigh. 

Meet the storytellers:

🎙️STORYTELLER Ana Maria Muñoz: 

Ana Maria lives in Raleigh with her husband and two daughters (ages 2 and 6). When not cleaning up floor food or writing,  Ana Maria helps entrepreneurs, brands and organizations elevate their product and service-based experiences. 

Find Ana Maria: anamariamunoz.com or on Instagram @_ana_maria_munoz_.

🎙️STORYTELLER Maggie Mae Whittemore:

Maggie is a self-described Northern girl navigating a Southern world.

After moving from Maine to North Carolina after graduating from college in 2017 with a degree in Media Studies, Digital Arts and Journalism, she made her new home right here in Raleigh. 

In her free time, Maggie enjoys rock climbing, running, pilates, whitewater rafting and hiking. Find her social media initiative at @AuthenticInstas, which is all about being your real and true self.

🎙️STORYTELLER Heather Burns:

Heather is a self-described quiet rebel, which led her through her marketing career to becoming a serial entrepreneur and speaker. 

She now runs a digital marketing agency and media production studio in Raleigh, @Oak_City_Productions. 

She lives in Raleigh with her partner, Michael, her 4 children, and her dog and favorite sidekick, Coco. 

Heather enjoys storytelling, reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, live music and spending time with her family.

🎙️STORYTELLER Imari Colón:

Imari is an Eastern North Carolina native. She graduated from NCSU with a degree in Zoology and shortly after found a passion in the Chinese Martial Arts. 

She chased her dream to China and spent three years teaching science at an internal high school in Suzhou, where she met her husband. Then, she spent another year training in the Chinese Martial Arts in Yunnan Province. 

She returned to the U.S. in 2018 after inheriting her Kungfu Master’s school and thus founded East Cloud Kungfu (@eastcloudkf), where she continues her journey in teaching and entrepreneurship. 

🎙️GUEST EMCEE Alex Warren:

Alex is the owner of Runologie and Race Director for the Dix Park Race Series. He is a native North Carolinian and has lived in the Triangle all of his life. 

Alex has been running since the age of 12 and developed a deep passion for it, which led to owning a running store and producing events for the Raleigh running community. 

You can find Alex at the shop most days, but when he gets out and about he is often on a bike or exploring a national park.

Alex will emcee the event and share a short story.

MORE ABOUT CONVERGING STORIES: Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme.

Future 2021 themes

SEPTEMBER 20: The Fall 

Whether the fall is literal or figurative (or even the season), we want your fall stories!

Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1

NOVEMBER 8: Tradition

We’re seeking stories of breaking tradition, making new traditions or insights on family traditions.

Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. Oct. 3

Anyone connected with the Raleigh and Wake County community can submit their story idea for one of the themes! Send a short, 100-word idea to [email protected]. Storytellers will be selected for coaching to tell their story live at a Converging Stories event.

READ MORE: Highlights of our 2020 season

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Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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