By Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register

Our experiences growing up have made us who we are today.

And they permeate through just about every aspect of our lives. I mean, who doesn’t love a coming-of-age story like “Stand By Me,” or our grandparents’ stories of much simpler days?

The Des Moines Storytellers Project is seeking stories about growing up for its next night of live storytelling to be held April 26 at Hoyt Sherman Place. Stories can be literal or metaphoric around the theme “Growing Up: Celebrating family and culture.”


We believe everyone has a story and everyone can tell their story. None of the storytellers who take our stage are professionals. They are our neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are coached to tell by Des Moines Register journalists.

If you feel like you have a love story to tell, please email a brief description to [email protected] or fill out the form at

Our only requirements are that you are an Iowan who will tell a true story that’s (mostly) about you.


All submissions must be received by Feb. 27 to be considered. We have limited spots available but will save submissions for consideration in future shows.

Andrea Sahouri covers social justice for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at [email protected], on Twitter @andreamsahouri, or by phone 515-284-8247.

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