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LIVE from the NYPL: The Moth with Jonathan Ames Between the Covers


April 27, 2005

In the beginning, there was the Word...
For all those who worship at the altar of language; for those whose daily divinities are measured in chapters, not chants; we invite you to the High Holy Temple of Text, The New York Public Library, to celebrate the nourishment of the written word. Join us as we welcome The Moth, the urban storytelling organization, which has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal. Five Moth storytellers will explore whether it is we who shape the words, or the words that mystically shape us.





Drinks @ 6:30 PM
7:30 Showtime

Stories told by:
Joe Lockhart
Calvin Miles
David Rakoff
And other special guests!

Hosted by:
Jonathan Ames

Katy Cox

Curated by:
Terri Galvin
Jenifer Hixson
Paul Holdengräber

About the Storytellers:
Jonathan Ames (host), a writer and performer, is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, and Wake Up, Sir! He is the editor of the recently published Sexual Metamorphosis: Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and he is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a recurring guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, and his comedic memoir What's Not to Love? was filmed as a TV pilot for the Showtime network. Mr. Ames wrote the script and played himself, which was a stretch but he pulled it off. His novels The Extra Man and Wake Up Sir! are in development as films with screenplays by Mr. Ames. Visit his website at

Joe Lockhart served as White House Press Secretary and Senior Advisor to President Clinton from 1998-2000, where he conducted daily press conferences for White House journalists, and briefed the President and senior members of his Administration on all press matters. From 1991 to 1995 he was Executive Vice-President at Bozell Sawyer Miller advising clients, including Microsoft and Coca-Cola. Before joining the White House in 1997, he was National Press Secretary for the Clinton/Gore '96 re-election campaign. He was the Deputy Press Secretary for the Dukakis/Bentsen '88 presidential campaign, traveling with the nominee. In 1984, he was Assistant Press Secretary for the Mondale/Ferraro campaign and during the 1980 Carter/Mondale campaign he was a Regional Press Coordinator. Lockhart has also held key positions at SKY Television News of London, Cable News Network (CNN), and ABC Network News. He is currently a Partner with The Glover Park Group who specializes in media relations and political strategy.

Calvin Miles was born in 1942 in Gadsten, North Carolina, where he spent two decades working as a farmer before moving to New York City. He is on the Board of Directors of The Grassroots Literacy Coalition ( where he serves as Co-Chairman and is president of Voice for Literacy United for Education. Miles has two sons and three grandchildren. He is the author of the book Calvin's Christmas Wish (Puffin Books).

David Rakoff is the author of the books Fraud and the forthcoming Don't Get Too Comfortable (Doubleday, September 2005). A regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, he can be seen this fall in the films Strangers With Candy, starring Amy Sedaris and Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Katy Cox (violinist) is accomplished in classical, pop and bluegrass styles, and has performed in venues all over the US, from CBGB's to Carnegie Hall. She is presently the fiddler for three bands: the traditional bluegrass bands BrooklynBrowngrass and the Nieces and Nephews, and the hardcore bluegrass punk band Uncle F******. She is also a documentary filmmaker and is currently directing The Making of the Museum of Sex in New York City.