Who Made It?

Brian teaching in the Adult Studio Workshop at The Putney School.

My name is Brian Mooney, and I write and teach. For me, The Storymatic is as much a labor of love as it is a creative and educational necessity. I made the first Storymatic several years ago while leading a fiction workshop at Marlboro College. I then took that first Storymatic to my high school classes at The Putney School Summer Programs. I added to that first Storymatic year by year, class by class. All the while, students told me I should make more than one Storymatic, because they wanted to buy it and use it outside of class with their friends and families. Finally, I took their advice. Really, if it weren't for the excitement and support of my students, there would be no Storymatic.

Since then, The Storymatic has shipped all over the world, and it’s been great fun watching The Storymatic go from the classroom to the living room and beyond.

May your Storymatic bring you countless hours of fun and inspiration!


Brian David Mooney’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in many national publications, including the Bellevue Literary Review, Cincinnati Review, Chicago Review, Columbia, Seattle Review, Crazyhorse, Alaska Review, and lots of others. He's gotten grants and been nominated for things, and even won some stuff. Short stories he wrote for the arts advocacy organization United States Artists were presented by Leonard Nimoy and other super-nice people at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Paramount Studios, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was recently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Marlboro College, and he's been teaching with The Putney School Summer Programs since 1998. His writing and teaching (and The Storymatic) is very much informed by Robert Frost’s statement, "No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."