I met Vara via interest in an open mic storytelling event here in Asheville at the Odditorium. That event is the Synergy Story Slam. She's been one of a handful of hosts for that event, but has chops of her own as a storyteller. Vara has competed in the Moth (if unfamiliar, take a sec to googlate) as well as having performed at the National Storytelling Festival held in Jonesborough, TN. We explore her background, dirty youthful bits, how she ended up in Appalachia, and such things that arise as conversation unfolds. Oh, for a vegetarian, she makes damn good pan fried chicken, just sayin'. Hope you enjoy Pi-rates!