The Moth

The Moth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth features simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes by wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

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Wall Street Journal Feature on The Moth

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 25, 2013

PKPR worked closely with Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner on a wonderful feature on The Moth’s new storytelling program for high school students.

For the in depth story in today’s Wall Street Journal, we provided Gardner and photographer Keith Bradford with exclusive access to the The Moth’s High School StorySLAM at Manhattan’s Beacon School last month. The result is a moving look at what happens when eight high school students get up on stage with no notes and share deeply personal stories with an audience of their peers. 

As Gardner writes: “There’s a lovely intimate, transgressive element about it all, enabled by a feeling of safety. Indeed, it may be the definition of friendship.”

Permalink | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Maysles Feted at The Moth Ball 2013

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 17, 2013

Our favorite moment at The Moth Ball earlier this week? Seeing filmmaking legend Albert Maysles, the recipients of this year Moth Award, being snapped by legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.

For the scoop on the night’s festivities, check out reports in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth Debuts in San Francisco

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 05, 2013

Continuing to spread its wings across the country, storytelling juggernaut The Moth launched a monthly StorySLAM series in San Francisco in March. PKPR created a partnership with Huffington Post San Francisco for a monthly video series that will highlight a local storyteller each month. We also secured previews and reviews in key local tastemaking outlets like Flavorpill San Francisco, MissionMission, PureWow San Francisco, and SFStation. Tickets go on sale on the first day of each month. But be ready: the first two shows sold out in just a few hours.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 05, 2013 at 10:17 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Scorsese Honored at 2012 Moth Ball

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 10, 2012

On May 8th, The Moth presented Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese with the 2012 Moth Award at its annual Moth Ball at Capitale in New York City. The honor was the centerpiece of a star-studded evening celebrating fifteen years of The Moth. Scorsese wowed the crowd with the story of a school field trip he took in 1951to the Old Bowery Saving Bank, now The Capitale, where the kids were allowed to touch $1,000 bills.

Coverage of the event included half-page stories in the Wall Street Journal and Metro, as well as New York Observer, Huffington Post, IndieWire, Time Out New York, CBS New York, Gothamist, and Flavorwire

Permalink | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth Receives MacArthur Grant

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 25, 2012

Congratulations to The Moth, which has received has received a $750,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation, which will be used to expand its Moth Radio Hour to a weekly program and to preserve its vast video and audio archive of live performances. Check out the amazing video above from The MacArthur Foundation and these fantastic stories on the grant in Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe , The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth in the Wall Street Journal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 06, 2012

Check out this fun and fantastic profile of The Moth in today’s Culture Count column by The Wall Street Journal’s Lizzie Simon

Permalink | Posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth Gets Hungry

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 16, 2011

The Moth kicked off its fall season with a stellar night of celebrated foodies sharing tales of gastronomic adventures. Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi hosted the evening which featured a star-studded line-up of storytellers including Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and acclaimed chef David Chang of Momofuku.

Coverage included an interview with Laskshmi in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Gothamist, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Grub StreetEater, The Dish, and Joonbug.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 2:33 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Calvin Trillin Honored at Moth Ball

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 24, 2010

The Moth presented acclaimed journalist, novelist, and humorist Calvin Trillin with the Moth Storytelling Award at its annual Moth Ball on Tuesday, November 16th at Capitale in New York City.

Trillin’s honor was the centerpiece of a star-studded evening celebrating The Moth, the 14-year old non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. A strong literary voice chronicling the American scene for more than four decades, Trillin has taken storytelling to new heights in every conceivable genre and medium from childhood memoir to food essay to political satire. His diverse and prolific career includes contributing to the New Yorker since 1963 and writing his weekly “Deadline Poet” column for the Nation since 1990.

To build buzz leading up to the gala fundraiser, PKPR placed in depth previews in the Wall Street Journal, Metro, Time Out New York, and Gothamist.

Post-coverage of the event included The New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, WNYC, NBC New York, Time Out New York, Flavorpill, Mediabistro, and Guest of a Guest.


Permalink | Posted on Nov 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth Ball in Vanity Fair

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 18, 2009

For the fourth year in a row PKPR handled publicity for The Moth Ball, the annual benefit for the nation’s leading storytelling non-profit, The Moth. This year’s Moth Storyteller of the Year was Anna Deavere Smith, star of the acclaimed Off-Broadway show, Let Me Down Easy. Coverage included: Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Huffington Post, New York Observer, Gothamist, Flavorpill, New York Press, Playbill, Guest of a Guest, New York Social Diary

Permalink | Posted on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:46 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Storytelling Takes Center Stage at Moth Ball

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 21, 2008

Have we got a story for you…

For the third year in a row, PKPR handled publicity for the The Moth Ball, the annual benefit for The Moth, the acclaimed non-profit dedicated to the art of storytelling.

Yarnspinners like Salman Rushdie, Garrison Keillor, and Ira Glass turned out in force to celebrate the ancient art form. For the inside scoop, check out behind-the-scenes coverage from The Moth Ball, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, New York Observer, and WETA’s Author, Author.

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Permalink | Posted on Nov 21, 2008 at 1:57 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Moth Turns 10 at Moth Ball

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 13, 2007

Fresh off the heels of promoting The Moth’s first-ever National Story Tour, PKPR managed publicity for The Moth’s 10th Anniversary Moth Ball Gala. A highlight of the coverage was a full-page story in Time Out New York featuring an oral history by past storytellers including authors Malcolm Gladwell and Gay Talese. For more coverage of The Moth Ball, see InStyle, Gawker, and Jossip.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 5:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PKPR Helps The Moth Spread its Wings

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 20, 2007

Hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal, The Moth presented its first-ever national tour in 2006/2007.

PKPR managed publicity for the 13-city, generating major features in media outlets across the country—from Washington Post and Washington Examiner to NPR’s Here and Now to Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Christian Science Monitor.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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