Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015 (November 3, 2015)

Moth Storytelling Founder to Hold Mackey Chair

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October 26, 2015

NEWS_Moth Podcast Logo (2)_BCMF15.jpgPoet and novelist George Dawes Green, who founded the storytelling project “the Moth,” will hold Beloit’s Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing this spring.

A host of popular literary programs are related to the Moth, a term Dawes Green and his storytelling friends coined to describe themselves. As they gathered to spin yarns on a friend’s porch in summertime, moths came through a hole in the screen toward the light, a metaphor for the magnetic draw of stories.

One popular Moth program is the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour, which airs on public radio. Another is the Moth Mainstage, the project’s flagship program, which brings five noted writers to stages across the country to tell true stories, live. The Wall Street Journal called the Moth Mainstage “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket.” Beloit will host a Moth Mainstage event on Sunday, April 17.

Dawes Green, author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens, will be the 27th writer to hold the Mackey Chair at Beloit. The Mackey roster includes Billy Collins, Ursula LeGuin, and Denise Levertov among other distinguished writers.

Check for details on the time and location of Beloit’s Moth Mainstage.


  • November 10 2015 at 11:17 am
    Thomas McGonigle
    What a depressing choice which has nothing to do with literature.... I think of Beloit as hosting CHARLES OLSON for his famous lecture... of losing to forgetfulness LORINE NIEDECKER who had to drop out of Beloit since she ran out money and yet became a poet equal to poets such as William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky... why hasn't Beloit championed this poet from Fort Atkinson... but then the English department became just another dreary PC establishment ever trying to be contemporary in the embracing of every fad except the actual reading of novels and poems... it is no accident that there is now a writing center at Beloit... and everyone knows that the Beloit Poetry Journal --- which for a long time was the only thing that the world at large knew about Beloit--- had no connection to the college beyond the editors taught at the college...

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