Every month. 
All ages. 
All experience levels. 
All backgrounds.

Share your story, your poetry, or your prose, based on the monthly theme.

Story & Verse provides a warm and welcoming spotlight for both emerging and established artists in our Solley Theater, an intimate space in the heart of Downtown Princeton.


  • Prepare a story, poem, or spoken word piece up to 5 minutes in length and (at least loosely) related to the theme.
  • Arrive by 6:45pm to add your name to the hat. No previous experience or pre-registration necessary.
  • Optional: we will record your piece and upload to the Arts Council’s YouTube channel and social media platforms


  • Take the elevator or stairs to the Solley Theater, located on the top floor of our Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.
  • Optional: participate from your seat with a Micro Story. Read the printed prompt based on the evening’s theme and respond with a super concise story (just a line or two!) that answers the question. Brass Rabbit will read your story at the mic, as time allows.
  • Find a seat and enjoy the performances. We kick off shortly after 7pm. 

upcoming events + themes


  • November 16 – Open Theme
  • December 21 – Being Naughty, Being Nice


  • January 18 – The Best of Intentions
  • February 15 – It’s Not That Kind of Party
  • March 21 – Open Theme

join our S&V community

Stay in the know, suggest themes, watch past performances, and share your upcoming events by subscribing to our Story & Verse Newsletter! We send just one a month and source content from our passionate performers, audience members, and our host, Brass Rabbit.

about your host

Brass Rabbit is a US based, data artist and documentary photographer living and working in Trenton, New Jersey. She got her start as a creator in documentary photography capturing the home lives of gang members and other individuals from illicit economies along the United States east coast. Her work focuses on societal expectations and economic inequality by combining photography and data collection. She uses a creative pseudonym to safely connect with the populations that drive much of her work and practice. Learn more.