Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live Series


The Moth is dedicated to the art of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than 3,000 stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing room only crowds worldwide. Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop shape for their stories with The Moth’s directors.


The event is directed by Jenifer Hixson, produced by Patricia Ureña hosted by Jon Goode and will feature storytellers Alistair Bane, Ruby Cooper, Tania Katan, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, and Michael VonAllman.

Host of the event, Jon Goode, is an author, poet and playwright who hails from Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry, TVOne's Verses & Flow and BET's Lyric Café. His stage play Khalas was showcased in the 2013 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. In 2006, Jon’s work with Nick @ Nite earned him an Emmy nomination alongside the Promax Gold for best copyright North America. Jon has toured the college performance circuit extensively and has performed at over 500 colleges and universities. Jon's debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit, was published in 2015; has received to date 43 five star reviews; spent 12 weeks as the #1 title in its category on and is the best-reviewed book of poetry on for 2015/16.


Alistair Bane is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma and currently resides in Denver Colorado. Besides being a storyteller he is also a visual artist. He makes dance regalia, quilts and paints. In 2016 he was a resident artist for the Denver Art Museum’s Native American Arts Program. In his spare time he enjoys rehabilitating feral rez dogs, which is a much more relaxing hobby than it might sound like, as long as you don’t mind a tiny bit of growling.

Ruby Cooper grew up in an Irish bar, got pregnant with twins the first time she had sex at age 16, is a mother, grandmother, teacher, writer, and has traveled the world. Over the decades, she’s survived war, pestilence, austerity, deceit ... No wait, those were her marriages. Her book, Irish Mongrel Child is available on Amazon. She teaches and coaches storytelling, mostly at senior centers in Los Angeles, (but you don’t have to be old.) You can find her at and storytellingmadefunand

Tania Katan is an inspirational speaker and creative consultant who believes in storytelling at all costs! After years of smuggling creativity into the business world without getting busted, Katan has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative within our work. Her forthcoming book, Creative Trespassing (Penguin Random House, Feb. 2019) shares awkward stories and imaginative strategies for starting a creative revolution at work and in the world.

Angelica Lindsey-Ali is a daughter of Detroit, dancer, writer, shapeshifter, and Afrofuturist. She is a cultural activist who has traveled the world, finding bits of herself strewn across the globe. She recently returned from a 5-year stint in the Middle East where she introduced a whole generation of high schoolers to the wonders of Fela queens, urban homesteading, and African dance. Angelica spends her free time watching Nollywood movies, thrifting, and sharing tidbits of her life on the local storytelling scene at events like Vinyl Voices, The Storyline, Bar Flies, and Nasty Women Reading.

For the last twenty-five years, Michael VonAllmen has happily enjoyed a common life as a husband, father, grandfather, and employee. The eleven years before those he served in a Kentucky prison for a violent sexual assault he didn’t commit. In 2010, the Kentucky Innocence Project investigated his case and after twenty-seven years as a convicted sex-offender, he was exonerated. He now enjoys a second-wind in life by advocating against the death penalty and for justice.


This presentation may contain adult language not necessarily suitable for all ages.


This performance is eligible for Mesa Bucks