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The Moth

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The Moth–popular public radio series and live show–is making its Las Vegas valley premiere. Join the Black Mountain Institute, The Believer, and Nevada Public Radio, as we welcome Teller, Vikram Krishnasamy, Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, Erica Vital-Lazare and Ruby Cooper–five powerful storytellers sharing their true and authentic experiences before a live audience.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Stories start at 7:30 PM

Tickets are general admission, seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast, a longtime host and performer at Moth live events, and has spent much of the last fifteen years traveling the world performing and writing. His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, on the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, in McSweeney's, and in numerous print anthologies. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown 2003), Rock On (Algonquin 2008, a Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO) and American Spirit (Houghton Mifflin/Little 2013, a Publishers Weekly starred review). He has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney's Humor. He lives in downtown New York, where he is currently working on another screenplay.


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

Vikram Krishnasamy is a physician who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Vikram began his career with CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, also known as CDC’s “disease detectives,” and is now working for the agency on opioid initiatives. He came to CDC after completing medical training in internal medicine and public health because it gave him a chance to address important health issues we face as a nation. Though always an Ohioan at heart, he now lives in Decatur, GA where he loves riding his bike, traveling, learning how to rock climb, and enjoying pizza spots with his wife.

Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika is a scholar, journalist, organizer and artist who researches and teaches in Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He is the co-host and co-executive producer of Gimlet Media's Peabody winning podcast,Uncivilanda contributor to Scene On Radio's Seeing White series. Chenjerai serves as a board member for several youth mentoring programs, and is a member of the Moth's artistic council. His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for was featured on NPR, The Washington Postand Buzzfeed, trending nationally on Twitter, and spawning a nationwide discussion of diversity in public media.

Teller is an American magician, illusionist, writer, actor, painter, and film director. He is best known as half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette.

Erica Vital-Lazare teaches creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada where she is the editor-in-chief of the Red Rock Review literary journal. She is a past recipient of grants and awards from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Hilliard Endowment, the Virginia Council of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council. Her work has been featured in Catalyst, Sojourner and the Richmond Afro-American.