Museum of Pop Culture 2016: 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: “Ordinary” by Edan Gortzak
2nd Place: “The Thirteenth Stella” by Amelia Jones
3rd Place: “Train 362” by Cordelia Rodriguez

6th – 8th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “In Which Phyllis B Takes Over the World” by Elise Hebert
2nd Place: “The Night Was Theirs” by Violet Keteyian
3rd Place: “5/15” by Jinho Kwak

9th – 12th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “The Temple of Lost Gods” by Tully McCombs
2nd Place: “Unlikely Gifts from a Reaper” by Megan Bass
3rd Place: “The Buffer” by Ava Cline

Jack Straw artist team included Jared Leising, writer; Meg McLynn and Alyssa Keene, vocal coaches; Daniel Guenther, 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…