Museum of Pop Culture 2018: 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 Harpy’s Familiar” by Vivian R. Tynes
2nd Place: “Letting Go” by Sylvia Petrescu-Prahova
3rd Place: “38 Minutes” by Ava Gharib

6th – 8th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “A Dragon’s Seasons” by Varenna Ronald
2nd Place: “Ember and the Temple” by Cecilia Ayres
3rd Place: “The Unfortunate Disappearance of Ms. Ellison” by Edan Gortzak

9th – 12th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” by Daphne Land
2nd Place: “Galatea” by Ken Cummings
3rd Place: “The Burning Line” by Kenny Goliff

Jack Straw artist team included Jared Leising, writer; Meg McLynn and Alyssa Keene, vocal coaches; Daniel Guenther, engineer; Joan Rabinowitz, executive director.


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…