March 19, 2018 –
Legally Speaking, the Stories We Tell
Our guest: Gerry Grubbs, attorney, story coach, and poet
Please join us Monday, March 19th at:
4 p.m. Eastern
3 p.m. Central
2 p.m. Mountain
1 p.m. Pacific
12 noon Alaska
Call: (513) 386-0000
Access code: 518931#.
In this story lab phone call, we will explore some of the important stories we tell to defend and explain ourselves. Gerry will describe his role as a lawyer and the intersection it has with storytelling and poetry. In Gerry's words, "My most important function as a lawyer is to educate my clients as to what the law offers them, the remedy in their lawsuit. The most effective way to educate is through stories."
Another aspect using storytelling beyond educating his clients is to coach them in the stories they use in their testimony. He says, "Their words, their story, become the most important evidence in the courtroom. It has to be a story that is more believable than the story told by the other lawyer."
All this gets to the truth of the matter, and it is in that truth that poetry is found. Gerry says, "I will also talk about my poetry and the relationship between the law and the poem. They are both part of the stories we all tell ourselves every day."
Gerry Grubbs practices law in Cincinnati. He is a defense lawyer and also takes personal injury cases. As a poet he has had poems appear in numerous literary magazines and reviews. He has published six collections of his poems. "The Hive is a Book We Read for its Honey" was a finalist for the 2015 Ohioana Library poetry book of the year. His latest collections are "The Palace of Flowers" (2016) and "Chrysanthemum Moon" (2017), both from Dos Madres Press. He has been conducting workshops under the names of "Wordshop" and "Bringing more creativity to your practice through the practice of creativity."
Check out Gerry's poetry here.
This from a review of "Palace of Flowers":
"Gerry Grubbs' poems are of making and unmaking, of loss and recovery, of absence and presence, of all that abides and all that does not. They are open, honest, and direct, with a metaphoric power that takes us into the mysterious heart of things. Grubbs writes about family, about nature, about love. But his deepest subject is the ineffable, which casts its shadow upon his words, Leaving us wondering / What has been lost / And how its absence / Effects everything that follows." --Norman Finkelstein
An interview with Gerry Grubbs, the poet, about his latest release, The Palace of Flowers, can be found here
A note regarding our Story Lab recordings
Thank you to our February Story Lab presenter, Julie Fitzpatrick Rafferty of Rafferty Communications Strategies. Her topic was how disruptive storytelling can be used in organizations including nonprofits. Thanks, Julie!
For more information about Julie, please visit her website here and her LinkedIn profile here..
We are still working out the details of our new website and we are several Story Labs postings behind. You can catch the recorded sessions recorded before July 2017 at: http://storytellinginorganizations.com/story-labs/
If you are interested in Story Labs recorded since July 2017, please contact Pete Griffin, SIO Secretary Treasurer, and he will provide a link to individual Story Lab recordings in "the cloud."