The Wildling Story Booth

Welcome to The Wildling Story Booth

Your story matters, and we want to hear it. The Wildling Story Booth is a special project in partnership with filmmaker Maribeth Romslo to capture youth audio stories that shape who we are.

Story Booth Capsules

We use “Capsules” – collections of audio stories around themes – to organize Story Booth submissions and story showcases.

In our first Capsule, "Growing Up in a Pandemic," storytellers shared their personal thoughts and experiences from the heart of the pandemic. The stories range from tear-jerking tales of worry to triumphant social relationships and wacky isolation memories. You can listen to stories from the “Growing Up in a Pandemic” showcase.

Our second Capsule, “Let’s Talk About Race”, is an invitation to tell stories about how race and racism impact you. Sharing our stories about race and racism is important: In understanding how they are working in our lives, we can hopefully connect more deeply with others, and in doing so take away some of their power.

Both Capsules are accepting stories to add to the collections. The first 25 storytellers in each Capsule will receive an honorarium for their participation upon publication.

We would love to hear your perspective.

Capsule: Let’s Talk About Race

Collecting stories from kids and teens about how race and racism work in our lives.

Capsule: Growing Up in a Pandemic

Youth thoughts and experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic.


My mom was holding my hand, squeezing it as tight as she could, and I was holding my sister’s hands and she was shaking. She said, “People don’t like us because of our skin color.” I didn’t want to cry because I wanted to be strong for my sister.

- Kiki

I had to keep moving, keep working. I couldn’t control what was going on in the world, but I could keep control over my life. I never processed what I lost.”

– Abby

“I was doing alright until online school came. I mean, how bad could it be being in your house, being in your room staring at a computer? I was wrong.”

- Julia

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