Bring Your Own Presents: 'In The East'

Sep 24, 2015

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on

This story was told on June 18, 2015 at Wonderland Studios and later produced by Natalie Yahr. The event was in partnership with Live Law, a national storytelling podcast that’s part of the Infinite Guest Network from American Public Media. The theme of the evening was "Eyewitness," and here, Matt Sledge gives us a look into his first month as The Advocate’s crime reporter, and his time spent in New Orleans East. 

Bring Your Own is a production of Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The next BYO will take place on Thursday, October 1 at the Saratoga Street Fruit Tree Orchard. For more information, go to