Ex Fabula

True & Personal Stories

Ex Fabula is a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling. Ex Fabula produces StorySlams, workshops, community collaborations, a podcast, and radio pieces, all in order to provide platforms for people to come together and share true, personal stories.

Website: ExFabula.com

Twitter: @ExFabula

Art Montes

Here we are, trip around the sun and back to celebrate Dad. He’s taught you how to ride a bike, cast a fishing pole, do long division, and appreciate Motown. He encouraged your dreams, told you when you were out of line and showed you how to apologize with integrity. He tells corny jokes, brags about your accomplishments and advises you on this adulating thing. He’s your Dad.

Ex Fabula: Immigration

Jun 2, 2018
Ex Fabula

Immigration is a topic that has been central to the American experience – this country is often referred to as “a nation of immigrants”, despite the fact that the moniker was controversially removed from the mission statement of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services in January. Anti-immigrant sentiment has been common throughout our history, however. And recently, we have seen a resurgence of political and social controversy surrounding it.

Nicole Acosta

On May 31st The March on Milwaukee 50th Coordinating Committee is partnering with Still Waters Collective and the Zeidler Center on a series of public dialogues, featuring stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, to explore how the city remembers its history, with MKE Monumental.

Ex Fabula: Extra Lessons

May 19, 2018
Carolina Mulvey-Videla

Throughout Milwaukee, college students are putting on their caps and gowns this weekend as graduation ceremonies descend upon the city. It’s a time of revelry and reflection. What have you learned? What surprised you? How have you changed? Sometimes the most valuable lessons had nothing to do with the classroom.

With that in mind, this week we’re sharing stories of the extra lessons our storytellers learned while working towards their degrees.

All Stars Preview: Part 4

May 12, 2018
Art Montes

The Ex Fabula All Stars preview continues, with a look back at the audience favorites from earlier this year. The big season finale event will be on May 18, and feature some of our favorite story-tellers from the past year. 

Art Montes

Our Ex Fabula Season 9 ALL STARS previews continue with a look back at the audience favorites from two March events; exploring the wondrous mysteries of karma and the cringe-worthy power of too much information (TMI).

Art Montes

Last week, we heard about unfortunate run-ins with rock stars and Buick Rivieras. This week, we continue our celebration of Season 9 audience favorites in anticipation of the upcoming season finale: ALL STARS “Connection” StorySlam, learning that innocent discussions and distractions can have unintended consequences.

Art Montes

To celebrate the end of Ex Fabula’s groundbreaking Season 9 and preview the upcoming ALL STARS event on May 18th, we’ll spend the next few shows revisiting some of our most-loved stories from recent months.

Ex Fabula: Last Straw

Apr 7, 2018
Michele Kiewig

It seems like just yesterday that we were making party plans and New Year goals for 2018. Now here were are approaching our final regular StorySlam of Season 9. Will you help us make April our third sold out StorySlam of 2018? Join us this Tuesday, April 10, at Times Cinema for our last regular StorySlam,
"Last Straw."

Art Montes

We’ve all been a part of difficult conversations. There’s no shortage of them these days. They might have been with teachers, neighbors, partners, family members, work colleagues or even complete strangers. Despite the discomfort, they can be constructive opportunities to listen, learn and transform perceptions and behaviors.

Ex Fabula: Money

Mar 24, 2018
Art Montes

Money: the root of all evil or what makes the world go ‘round? In light of the upcoming April 3rd election and the proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate the office of the State Treasurer, we’re taking a look back at how money has influenced some of our favorite stories. We also encourage you to remember Michelle Obama’s words, “Elections aren’t just about who vote but who doesn’t vote,” and vote on April 3rd.

Art Montes

Daylight Saving time is here. Hallelujah! On Sunday we move the clocks forward, giving us another desperately needed hour of daylight while moving us closer to the second & last regular Ex Fabula StorySlam of Season 9. Join us on March 22nd for our "TMI" StorySlam - It’s sure to be one for the archives.

Ex Fabula: Karma

Mar 3, 2018
Art Montes

This month we’re “lucky” enough to bring you not one, but two regular StorySlams - the first at Bay View’s Sugar Maple on Wednesday, March 7th. The theme is ever-intriguing topic, Karma.

February has been quite the month. The headlines and heartbreak can be overwhelming. Sometimes the best thing to do is to listen. When we listen to other people’s stories we learn, mourn and heal. On March 7th we’ll have a whole new set of stories at our March StorySlam, “Karma.” However “Karma” has shown up in your life (or if you’re still waiting for it) we’re looking forward to a night of entertaining stories and a few life lessons.

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Given the national discussion surrounding food, nutrition and poverty, we’re taking you way back to our first seasons and stories from our outdoor StorySlam, Comfort Food, at the Fondy Farmers Market. These stories showcase the importance of food when it comes to community, family, and heritage and, we hope, makes us think a little deeper about how these bonds are affected when food and resources are scarce.