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Member of the Month: Amanda Bausch’s Memoirs & Meatballs

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

SMITH enthusiasts were sharing Six-Word Memoirs at Saucy Burt’s meatball sandwich cart in downtown Minneapolis on a chilly fall day when December’s Member of the Month Amanda Bausch, her husband Sherman, and her three-year-old son Elijah (pictured above) rolled up on their bikes to join in on the impromptu six-word slam and meatball chow-down.
With [...]

October’s Member of the Month: Jace Daniel Albao, eBook Evangelist

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

“Nope, the name’s not short for Jason, and it’s not Jase with an s. It’s ace with a J,” explains October Member of the Month Jace Daniel Albao, whose father had a thing for cards. “He wanted to give his first born a name that rhymed with ace. I’ve done my best to substantiate his [...]

September’s Member of the Month: Dan Campbell

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Dan Campbell (Banjodan), Member of the Month for September, has emerged as one of SMITH’s funniest and most prolific Six-Word Memoirists —accruing a fan base among the other sixers along the way. Campbell has written more than one thousand Six-Word Memoirs, many about his marriage to his wife Zoila who shares Campbell’s zany view of [...]

Welcome to SMITH—Here’s What’s Happening

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Welcome to SMITH. Our tagline is “Everyone has a story—what’s yours?” and we hope you’ll tell one or more of yours here. The “Six Words About Work” contest featured on “Talk of the Nation” is over, but we welcome anyone who has arrived here via NPR or elsewhere, and hope you’ll stay awhile.
Here are [...]

August’s Member of the Month: Kirk Citron on Stories that Matter

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

August’s Member of the Month, Kirk Citron, insists that “some stories are more important than others.” Not long ago, SMITH Magazine caught Citron’s TED 2010 talk about his work on The Long News, a blog featuring news stories that will still matter 50, 100, or even 10,000 years from now. “As you can imagine,” says [...]

July’s Member of the Month: Ashley Allen Writes, Rocks, Raises

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Ashley Allen, Member of the Month for July, is known as three-monkeys on SMITH, and has written more than 500 stories, in nearly every section of SMITH. One of her longer, most personal stories is found in The Moment project. “A Conversation with My Dad” is a tribute to the stalwart yet awkward support of [...]

Slam Nation Stars SMITH Mag Alum, is Awesome.

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Online storytelling is great, but sometimes we all get the urge to take it live. If you can’t wait til our May 18th Six-Word Story Slam, at least you can scratch the itch for now. Head to Philadelphia for Tuesday night’s Slam Nation at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. You’ll see all kinds [...]

SMITH Turns 5! Here’s Our Story.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Five years ago, on January 6, 2006, I launched SMITH Magazine with Tim Barkow, a guy I met on the first day of college. We got along well because we both liked New Wave rock and making media. We had tons of ideas; he was better at the behind-the-scenes, backend building of stuff. I was [...]

(Bird) Call for Submissions: Ornithoblogical

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Forget your ill will against city pigeons and squawky parrots for a second and check out the incredible, endearing, and often amusing birds at Ornithoblogical. Every day in 2010, Anna Raff, award-winning illustrator and Six-Word Memoirist, has been featuring a new bird-themed watercolor illustration along with a witty title (such as “Ornitholopis,” above, and “Nightingale,” [...]

Call for Submissions: 10Q

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

We’re sharing our six fix with 10Q, a user-generated project we love—one inspired by the traditional 10 days of reflection between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It works like this: Login to the 10Q site and answer one question a day in your own secret 10Q space. One year later, your [...]

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