Sudden Owl

Sudden Owl Sudden Owl is a gathering of true and personal one-minute stories presented by the founder of The Moth. Every day we’ll bring you a new one. @sudden_owl

We've filmed stories in New York's Five Boroughs, Savannah, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Appalachian country. True, personal stories told by a mix of ordinary folks from all walks of life, along with some of our favorite writers and celebrities. Their tales are tender, ribald, heartbreaking, ethereal, sidesplitting, nasty, compassionate. Sudden Owl is run by George Dawes Green, Kimberly Faith Waid, Cindy Chwe, and some very brilliant interns and consultants. Follow us on twitter: @sudden_owl

Mission: A new one minute story every day.

This hilarious #1minstory by Elna Baker kinda makes us want a cookie.
01/21/2015
ELNA BAKER - Dirty Cookie

This hilarious #1minstory by Elna Baker kinda makes us want a cookie.

What do cookies have to do with sex education?

Rhasaan Manning attempts to fight the good fight while surrounded by fighting in this #1minstory.
01/20/2015
RHASAAN MANNING - Crossroads, Horizons, Passages

Rhasaan Manning attempts to fight the good fight while surrounded by fighting in this #1minstory.

How does a teacher survive in a school where the guards are more violent than the students? A one-minute story.

The hilarious Tara Clancy had a moment of menace change to comedy gold in this #1minstory.
01/19/2015
TARA CLANCY - Even Worse

The hilarious Tara Clancy had a moment of menace change to comedy gold in this #1minstory.

Worst decision of your life. A one-minute story.

This remarkably funny #1minstory depicts the trials of a six-year-old Steve Zimmer learning to work around a condition t...
01/18/2015
STEVE ZIMMER - Stars, Rockets, Moons

This remarkably funny #1minstory depicts the trials of a six-year-old Steve Zimmer learning to work around a condition that doesn't exist yet.

Before there was ADHD, there was Steve: underachiever. A hilarious one minute story.

It's normal and healthy to have boundaries, but as this #1minstory featuring Dawn J. Fraser shows, not everybody knows w...
01/16/2015
DAWN FRASER - Census

It's normal and healthy to have boundaries, but as this #1minstory featuring Dawn J. Fraser shows, not everybody knows where they are.

A new acquaintance makes a slightly inappropriate request.

New Yorkers love their dogs.  Maybe a little too much...
01/14/2015
ANDY CHRISTIE - Walking the Dog

New Yorkers love their dogs. Maybe a little too much...

Such a good deed. Such an unpleasant result. A one-minute story.

In this #1minstory a sacred ritual is upended by an act of God, and a 7-year-old Amelia Martin's reaction.  And really, ...
01/13/2015
AMELIA MARTIN - First Communion

In this #1minstory a sacred ritual is upended by an act of God, and a 7-year-old Amelia Martin's reaction. And really, what else could she have done?

What do you do if you lose a tooth in the communion wine? A riotous one minute story.

A poet pays tribute to an important woman in this #1minstory.  By Bob Holman.
01/11/2015
BOB HOLMAN - Learning to Read

A poet pays tribute to an important woman in this #1minstory. By Bob Holman.

The coal miner's daughter marries the only Jew in Harlan county... and poetry is born. A one minute story.

This #1minstory by Vaughnette Goode-Walker shows the power of a sharp tuxedo.
01/10/2015
VAUGHNETTE GOODE-WALKER - Black Minuet

This #1minstory by Vaughnette Goode-Walker shows the power of a sharp tuxedo.

Which boy to choose at the black debutante ball? The dangerous, dashing radical... or the one her Mama likes? A one minute story.

Today we have Tom Kohler, with an archive #1minstory about action despite its ultimate futility.
01/09/2015
TOM KOHLER - Heart Attack

Today we have Tom Kohler, with an archive #1minstory about action despite its ultimate futility.

His boss lay dying, and a desperate boy raced against time to save his life. An unforgettable one minute story.

This archive #1minstory by Jane Fishman is just lovely.  And then it breaks your heart.
01/08/2015
JANE FISHMAN - If Only

This archive #1minstory by Jane Fishman is just lovely. And then it breaks your heart.

If you've ever cared for an aging parent, you'll laugh and weep at Jane Fishman's one-minute story ...

Here's a favorite #1minstory from the archive which demonstrates the importance of forethought, and features Andy Christ...
01/07/2015
ANDY CHRISTIE - Rope-a-Dope

Here's a favorite #1minstory from the archive which demonstrates the importance of forethought, and features Andy Christie.

A boy takes giddy revenge on the neighborhood snitch. But the innocent suffer. A one minute story.

Today we bring you the great Edgar Oliver, in an archive #1minstory that will haunt you until the end of time, or at lea...
01/06/2015
EDGAR OLIVER - Haunted House

Today we bring you the great Edgar Oliver, in an archive #1minstory that will haunt you until the end of time, or at least, the end of the video.

Who was the ghost in the big Victorian house in Savannah? When he found out, his blood ran cold.

In today's archive #1minstory by Andy Christie, a group of neighborhood kids lose a bit of their innocence.
01/05/2015
ANDY CHRISTIE - Country House

In today's archive #1minstory by Andy Christie, a group of neighborhood kids lose a bit of their innocence.

A fun time thwarted by inadequate rope.

Why do we hold onto certain objects from the past?  In this archive #1minstory, Adam Wade reveals the significance of a ...
01/04/2015
ADAM WADE - Tie Clip

Why do we hold onto certain objects from the past? In this archive #1minstory, Adam Wade reveals the significance of a small keepsake.

It's the little things.

Despite their reputation, New Yorkers are actually quite friendly and helpful. In today's archive #1minstory Andy Christ...
01/03/2015
ANDY CHRISTIE - Walking the Dog

Despite their reputation, New Yorkers are actually quite friendly and helpful. In today's archive #1minstory Andy Christie illustrates why this is bad.

Such a good deed--helping the little old lady cross the street. How harsh the punishment! A one-minute story.

How far would you go for a new friend? Here's Dawn J. Fraser in this archive #1minstory: http://bit.ly/1HkQNqF
01/02/2015
DAWN FRASER - Census

How far would you go for a new friend? Here's Dawn J. Fraser in this archive #1minstory: http://bit.ly/1HkQNqF

What's the one thing you must never ask from a new friend? A one minute story with a twist.

Was this past year everything you had hoped?  Were you a winner?  If not (or even if so) say goodbye to 2014 with today'...
12/31/2014
ERIN BARKER - Invention Day

Was this past year everything you had hoped? Were you a winner? If not (or even if so) say goodbye to 2014 with today's archive #1minstory by Erin Barker. It will make you feel better.

Who says a sandwich can't win the Nobel Prize?

Christmas Eve is a night of anticipation, compassion, and traditions. Here's an archive #1minstory with heart by Vaughne...
12/24/2014
VAUGHNETTE GOODE-WALKER - Black Minuet

Christmas Eve is a night of anticipation, compassion, and traditions. Here's an archive #1minstory with heart by Vaughnette Goode-Walker: http://bit.ly/1wlEkLa

Which boy to choose at the black debutante ball? The dangerous, dashing radical -- or the one her Mama likes? A one minute story.

Moving and being Moved. The one minute, Story of the Day with Jenny Allen: http://bit.ly/1C3ZpSASubscribe at Suddenowlst...
12/18/2014
Jenny Allen

Moving and being Moved. The one minute, Story of the Day with Jenny Allen: http://bit.ly/1C3ZpSA

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Jenny Allen Jenny Allen is a writer and monologist. Her essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, More, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in “Disquiet, Please!”a new...

A PENIS ANSWERS SOME BIG LIFE QUESTIONSOh, Naomi! So stunningly original. Her gorgeous deadpan, her unnerving rhythm as ...
12/15/2014
NAOMI GOLD - Keeping Faith

A PENIS ANSWERS SOME BIG LIFE QUESTIONS

Oh, Naomi! So stunningly original. Her gorgeous deadpan, her unnerving rhythm as her story keeps getting stranger and more distressing but she keeps persevering, marching steadily into the darkness. All IN ONE MINUTE.

A new story every day.

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12/12/2014

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If you like Andy Christie's stories on The Moth check out his 1 minute stories on suddenowl.com and be sure to subscribe...
12/12/2014

If you like Andy Christie's stories on The Moth check out his 1 minute stories on suddenowl.com and be sure to subscribe! http://bit.ly/1Gkg7N3

"Walking the Dog," a one minute story by Andy Christie from our archive. The new Story of the Day posts at 3! Stay tuned...
12/12/2014
ANDY CHRISTIE - Walking the Dog

"Walking the Dog," a one minute story by Andy Christie from our archive. The new Story of the Day posts at 3! Stay tuned: http://bit.ly/1uuP09M

Such a good deed--helping the little old lady cross the street. How harsh the punishment! A one-minute story.

We're posting the new Story of the Day @ 3pm! To tide you over, here's "If Only." A #1minstory by Jane Fishman from our ...
12/11/2014
JANE FISHMAN - If Only

We're posting the new Story of the Day @ 3pm! To tide you over, here's "If Only." A #1minstory by Jane Fishman from our archives: http://bit.ly/1unxXXT

If you've ever cared for an aging parent, you'll laugh and weep at Jane Fishman's one-minute story ...

New #1minstory @ 3! Until then, here's an oldie but a goodie:Kids, wine & everyone is watching. What could go wrong? htt...
12/10/2014
AMELIA MARTIN - First Communion

New #1minstory @ 3! Until then, here's an oldie but a goodie:
Kids, wine & everyone is watching. What could go wrong? http://t.co/ls1NbQGGgb

A girl's tooth goes missing in the communion wine, hell breaks loose, and church ladies gasp. A riotous one minute story.

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