Storyfort at Treefort Music Fest White cloud border

Dig into Storyfort

Storyfort 2023 at Treefort Music Fest will host discussions, readings, panels & will bring the best of emerging literary artists.

Storyfort events happen all five days of the festival: Wednesday through Sunday (March 22-26, 2023) of Treefort Music Fest with most events which are free and open to the public. 

For 2023, Storyfort is bringing in some of the most influential young and emerging writers in the country, including The Forever Girls, Nada Alic, Sean Thor Conroe, Jon Lindsey, Allie Rowbottom, Grant Faulkner, Shy Watson, Bud Smith, and Nabil Ayers.

The Forever Girls to present at Storyfort during Treefort Music Fest


Forever is a literary magazine publishing weekly online and quarterly in print and is edited by Anika Levy and Madeline Cash and designed by Nat Ruiz.


Nada Alic is the author of the story collection, BAD THOUGHTS (Vintage), a New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick and featured in The Cut, New York Magazine, NYLON, Harper’s Bazaar, BOMB, The Creative Independent and elsewhere. Additionally, she’s currently working on a forthcoming novel, out with Knopf.

Nada Alic to perform at Storyfort during Treefort Music Fest
Sean Thor Conroe to perform at Storyfort during Treefort Music Fest


Sean Thor Conroe wrote the novel Fuccboi, published in January of 2022 by Little Brown. Also, Conroe has published writing in n+1, GQ, Forever, and New York Tyrant, which he has guest edited. Fuccboi was initially slated to be published by late Tyrant Books publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano, its initial editor and earliest supporter, from Fall of 2019 until DiTrapano’s death in 2021. Fuccboi was called “Its generation’s coming of age novel” by Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal and “A modern classic” by Barry Pierce in the Irish Times. Moreover, it has been praised by writers such as Sheila Heti, Eileen Myles, Rob Doyle, and Sam Lipsyte. Conroe lives in South Brooklyn.


Jon Lindsey is the author of the novel Body High. His writing has appeared in New York Tyrant Magazine, Muumuu House, and Forever Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

Jon Lindsey Storyfort at Treefort Music Fest


Allie Rowbottom is the author of the New York Times Editor’s Choice memoir Jell-O Girls. Her debut novel, Aesthetica, is forthcoming from Soho Press in November 2022. Allie’s essays and short fiction can be found in Vanity Fair, New York Tyrant, Flaunt, The Drunken Canal, Alta, Lit Hub, No Tokens, Bitch and elsewhere. In addition, she holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and lives in Los Angeles.


Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the co-founder of 100 Word Story, and an Executive Producer of the upcoming TV show, America’s Next Great Author. He’s published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Brave the Page, a teen writing guide; Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and most recently, All the Comfort Sin Can Provide. His book The Art of Brevity is forthcoming in February 2023. Additionally, his essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, LitHub, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. Take a listen to his podcast Write-minded and subscribe to his newsletter Intimations: A Writer’s Discourse.


Shy Watson is an MFA candidate at the University of Montana. Her fiction appears in Fence, Southwest Review, Joyland, and elsewhere. She wrote “Jeff! Bess!” for SAD HAPPENS edited by Brandon Stosuy (Simon & Schuster 2023). She teaches workshops online at Catapult.


Bud Smith is the author of the novel Teenager, among others. He is a union heavy construction worker who lives in Jersey City, NJ.


Nabil Ayers is president of Beggars Group US in NYC, and he’s written a lot about race, music, and the intersection of the two for the New York Times, Pitchfork, Code Switch, GQ, Rolling Stone and more. 

His time at Storyfort may cover various topics – everything from white ’90s alt rock to Black Music Month, growing up with a single mother who deliberately had him and raised him without his father, Roy Ayersdiscovering his enslaved ancestors and befriending their living descendent, and how he got to be president of a record company who represents Adele, The National, Radiohead and many, many others.

His new book My Life in the Sunshine is about my struggle to connect with his father, Roy Ayers, whom he’s never known.