The writer's art is solitary and time-consuming, and what we see on the page rarely reveals the often torturous process of the writing itself. Live storytelling, by contrast, lets it all hang out. Taking a page from our newly extroverted printmakers at this Fall's Block Party, The Telling Room, in association with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and SPACE Gallery is presenting Slant, the first in a new series of "off-the-cuff storytelling events." This Friday, November 12, at 7:30 pm at SPACE Gallery, the Telling Room has invited "notable members of the Portland community to come tell their stories about 'leaving.'" The title of the series comes from Emily Dickinson, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” and that's what Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz, award-winning non-fiction writer Liz Peavey, performer and educator Gretchen Berg, and longtime Portland arts and cultural booster and unofficial mayor of Commercial Street Cyrus Hagge, among others, will attempt to do as they tell real ten-minute stories to a live audience without notes or props. Fans of The Moth Radio Hour on MPBN and Pecha Kucha will surely want to attend.