Everyone Has a Story: Workshop with Storyteller Nestor Gomez

(Photo by Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)

Nester Gomez

Mar 24, 2024


The Bike Place
701 N Main St
Princeton, IL 61356


Free. In-Person and Livestream.
Registration is required.

Everyone has a story to tell. Learn to share yours through writing or performance with award-winning storyteller Nestor Gomez. Participants will learn about the power of storytelling and leave with a draft of their own personal story.  

You don’t have to be an experienced writer or performer to join this immersive workshop – all are welcome! Space is limited, so RSVP is required. 

About Nestor Gomez

Nestor "the boss" Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago in the mid 80's. He told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam as a way to get over stuttering. Surprisingly, he won the slam that night and has not stopped sharing stories ever since. 

Nestor has won thirty-five Chicago Moth Slams, fourteen Milwaukee Moth Slams, seven Madison Moth Slam, and one Louisville Kentucky Moth Slam. He has also won virtual slams in Twin Cities (twice), Atlanta, Washington D.C (twice), Vermont, Seattle, Texas (twice), England (twice), Detroit, Miami, Denver, Portland and Alabama, one Eastern, one Central zone Virtual story slam plus three Chicago Moth Grand Slam and one Milwaukee Grand Slam; for a grand total of 79 Moth Slams wins. 

Nestor is also the winner of the 2022 National Storytelling Network Grand Slam. Nestor is also the creator/producer/curator and host of 80 Minutes Around the World an Immigration Storytelling show which features the stories of immigrants, refugees, their descendants, and allies. 

Nestor Gomez Teaching

About The NEA Big Read

This event is part of our NEA Big Read book groups and events series.

This year, The NEA Big Read: Reconsidering the American Dream invites Illinoisans to explore themes of class, migration, and belonging. Free book groups and events will be centered around two books: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh, and Infinite Country by Patricia Engel. Find a book group near you and join us for screenings, discussions, and writing workshops around the state.

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