Museum of Pop Culture 2015: Write Out of This World

This year, MoPop and Jack Straw Cultural Center collaborated to provide winners of their annual Write Out of This World Writing Contest with a unique experience: Winners participated in a writing workshop, voice workshop, and recording session at Jack Straw, resulting in a professional recording of each writer reading their work. Every audio piece includes an excerpt of their story, plus a summary introduction which Jack Straw writer Jared Leising helped them write.

Listen to the story excerpts below, and click on the titles to read the stories.

3rd – 5th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “The Wall” by Joanna Vahey
2nd Place:Wood of Hoods” by Megumi Whisman
3rd Place: “Floor A, -2” by Adrienne Stern

6th – 8th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “Beyond the Window” by Tucker Cornell
2nd Place: “Rematerialize” by Mark Polyakov
3rd Place: “Famous” by Jose Luis Gandara

9th – 12th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “60 Seconds” by Lilly Hurt
2nd Place: “Fraigslist” by Amelia Miller
3rd Place: “Empty Space” by Ava Cline

Jack Straw artist team included Jared Leising, writer; Meg McLynn and Alyssa Keene, vocal coaches; CJ Lazenby, engineer; Joan Rabinowitz, executive director. Photos by Joan Rabinowitz.


Jared Leising

Jared Leising

Jared Leising is the author of the chapbook The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio. His poems have appeared in various Washington publications such as Pontoon, Crab Creek Review, Stringtown…

Meg McLynn

Meg McLynn

Meg McLynn is a Seattle-based actor, vocalist, and teaching artist who loves sharing her passion for performance with students of all ages. She is a member of the vocal…