North Carolina Storyteller Profile

 

Name:Adkins, Frankie
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Address:PO Box 295
City:Honea Path
State:SC
Zip:29654
Telephone:(864) 992-0965
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Email:fadkins@charter.net

Bio:Frankie Adkins, a native West Virginian, is also a transplanted Tarheel, having grown up on the NC coast, and moved to South Carolina only after graduating from East Carolina University, where she began her storytelling career as a library science major. Frankie is a National board Certified Teacher, and teaches beginning storytelling to all ages. She enjoys telling Appalachian folklore, REAL ghost stories, Native American folklore, myths, and personal stories, from Girl Scout camping to worldwide travel. Frankie also teaches gourmet cooking classes, and tries to slip in a story somewhere between soup and dessert. She is also Mrs. Santa Claus, and does holiday cookie decorating with children and seniors, as well as holiday songs and stories.

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Name:Bartlett, Lona
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Address:4501 Easthaven Dr.
City:Charlotte
State:NC
Zip:28212
Telephone:518-732-5662
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Email:lona@lonabartlett.com
Website:www.lonabartlett.com

Bio:Lona learned, growing up on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, life is all about the story. She combines traditional storytelling, puppetry, music and her degrees in education to weave stories that entertain and teach. Her puppet creations and scripts now span four continents. Lona's varied background and talent give way to a long list of presentations. She brings excitement to American History as well as traditional stories and family stories. Her Scottish and Irish heritage brings out Celtic tales and her life on the farm with parents being born in the early 1900's gives her special insight on years past.

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Name:Best, Priscilla
Company Name:Heart to Heart Storytelling
Address:1823 Tommy's Rd.
City:Goldsboro
State:NC
Zip:27534
Telephone:(919) 778-2058
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Email:priscillabest@bellsouth.net
Website:www.priscillabest.com

Bio:Priscilla Best is the Heart to Heart Storyteller who delights audiences of all ages whole presenting contemporary stories, folktales and chants from her African American heritage and other cultures.

Priscilla grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. As a retired teacher and media coordinator, she uses her classroom training, educational experiences and lessons from the farm to create storytelling assemblies that entertain, educate, and inspire. Priscilla has been sited as the storyteller "who is easy to listen to" and she easily entices her audiences.

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Name:Boggs, Pete
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State:NC
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Telephone:252-241-6615
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Email:peteboggs59@gmail.com

Bio:I am Pete Boggs, a retired contractor (home builder) who lives with my wife of 51 years. Beverly is still my best friend. We have two daughters, and three granddaughters. Two fine sons-in-law complete our family.
When I was in elementary school, I fell in love with tall tales, such as "The Jack Tales", and "Paul Bunyan". Whenever the chance came up, to recite in class, I was the first to volunteer.
At the age of nine or ten, I began to make up stories of my own.
I have performed for church and school groups, as well as for family and friends.
Because of working to try to help provide for my family, I have not pursued story telling as much as I would have liked. Since I am now retired, l have more time.
I tell popular tall tales as well as stories and poetry of my own. I also portray a very fine Santa Claus.
All of my work is good clean fun, and suitable for all age groups.

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Name:Bolton, J.A.
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Address:143 Bolton Blvd.
City:Rockingham
State:NC
Zip:28379
Telephone:(910) 997-4658
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Email:ja@jabolton.com
Website:www.jabolton.com

Bio:I was raised in Richmond County North Carolina along the banks of the Pee Dee River. I love to hear the old characters tell their tall tales. Won't long I was telling 'em with the best of them. I love telling stories to any age group. I find that telling stories is a good stress reliever for me and my listeners. Around these parts I am known as "Richmond County's own professional story teller." So if you need a speaker or just someone to tell humorous stories, I'm your man. "Live, love, laugh" is my motto.

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Name:Brigham, Willa
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City:Cary
State:NC
Zip:27513
Telephone:(919) 460-6573
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Email:willastory@aol.com
Website:www.willabrigham.com

Bio:Welcome to the wonderful wacky world of story teller, inspirational speaker, performing artist, writer and Two Time Emmy Award Winner; Willa Brigham. This busy artist has five award winning cd's of stories songs and poems. Her performances have been enjoyed by festival attendees, audiences on board cruise lines in the caribbean, preschools and senior living facilities. She has a passion for bringing laughter and entertainment to audiences of all ages. A day with Willa will make you feel good about yourself and this world we live in.

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Name:Brock, Erika
Company Name:Transylvania Public Library
Address:212 S. Gaston St.
City:Brevard
State:NC
Zip:28712
Telephone:828) 884-3151
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Email:Erika.brock@transylvaniacounty.org
Website:www.library.transylvaniacounty.org/

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Name:Brown, Cynthia Moore
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Address:2913 Pleasant Ridge Rd.
City:Summerfield
State:NC
Zip:27358
Telephone:(336) 643-7523
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Email:folkteller@earthlink.net
Website:www.folkteller.com

Bio:Cynthia Moore Brown has been an acclaimed performer and educator for over three decades in North Carolina, the South, and Europe. She has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, Art, and Child Development. She has been writing since childhood. Her consulting, performing, and teaching keep her on the go. She is the star of stage, television, &radio. She has shared stories on NPR WFDD, and other radio shows. She was interviewed and featured in a Discovery Channel series: Monsters and Mysteries.

She has special training in teaching youth storytelling and has taught storytelling at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, many arts councils, and Guilford Technical College, and many other venues.

She retired after 30 years of being a librarian, then a K-5 Art Specialist and now performs, does her art, and travels.

Cynthia uses her many talents to bring texture to her down home Southern style. She brings folktales to life with her music including several instruments in some of her performances. Her costumes and props add rich dimensions to each special tale.

She is co-founder of the NC Storytelling Guild, Triad Storytelling Exchange, and a festival organizer. She is also a seminar leader and motivational speaker for business, community, and education.

She is the co-author of Folktales&Ghost Stories of NC’s Piedmont, and Folklore and Food. Her new book is Ghosts and Pirates of the Carolinas' Coast . Cynthia's CD: GHOST STORIES FROM THE GRAVEYARD is popular especially with her young fans.

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Name:Buck, Gale
Company Name:The Silver WreathIncorporated/Woodsman Stories
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City:Raleigh
State:NC
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Telephone:(919) 539-1914
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Email:gale@woodsmanstories.com
Website:www.woodsmanstories.com

Bio:E. Gale Buck began writing short stories in December, 1983 when he had a problem with Christmas. "A Birthday Story" blossomed into a tradition of writing that has spanned over 27 years and produced over 200 works. Most stories have been written for Gale's wife and children for special events such as Christmas, Birthdays, Mother's Day, Anniversaries, Valentine's Day and the like.

In addition to writing Gale has shown a great talent for storytelling, a skill recognized and revealed by Santa. Upon accepting the revelation Gale realized that he has indeed been a storyteller for years through cultural arts programs with the Great Highland Bagpipes and now shares stories of The True Magic of Christmas, What the Ranger Told Me and Stories for the Young and the Young at Heart.

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Name:Byrd, Vicki
Company Name:ImageThat! Storytellers
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City:Thurmond
State:NC
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Telephone:336-874-7379
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Email:vcbyrd@hotmail.com

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Name:Carter, Beth
Company Name:Sudie Mae Carter - Storyteller
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City:Statesville
State:NC
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Telephone:(704) 881-7418
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Email:bethcarter1958@yahoo.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/sudiemaecarterstoryteller

Bio:Beth Carter was born and raised in Statesville, NC. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology at UNC-Greensboro and her Master’s degree at Appalachian State University. Beth comes from a long line of storytellers and has been “spinnin’ her yarns” her entire adult life. About 10 years ago she and her family purchased a small place outside of Lansing in Ashe County, NC. After meeting many of the area's unique people, Beth began telling stories as a fictional character named Sudie Mae Carter. Sudie Mae, Beth’s “identical twin cousin”, grew up a very poor girl in rural Appalachia. Now, as an adult, she enjoys sharing stories of her childhood. Her stories have been known to frighten some young children, evoke joy and laughter to most, and above all demonstrate the power to transform the listeners’ perception of her “little bitty part of heaven.” Through her storytell ing, she preserves her culture and moral values of western NC. Sudie Mae loves talking to just about anyone with ears to listen.
By day, Beth loves her job as a public school Speech Language Pathologist. She provides services to students from 3-22 years of age and frequently shares her passion for oral storytelling with them.
Beth has authored two children’s books entitled, The Lonely Little Sea Shell and The Promise of the Buckeye, which focus on the two places in NC that she loves most, the beach and the mountains.
Beth lives with her husband, two dogs, and one cat in Statesville, NC. Her family of two sons and daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, one grandson and one grandson “on the way” support her and are often fodder for her stories.

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Name:Chaplin, Millie
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City:Harleyville
State:SC
Zip:29448
Telephone:843-462-2137
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Email:princessofpossumcorner@yahoo.com
Website:www.milliechaplin.com

Bio:Millie, aka "The Princess of Possum Corner", loves to tell stories from all venues. She uses not only the spoken word but incorporates her audience, puppets, props and music in her performances. "A Child's Life in Colonial America", a historical perspective program, introduces students to the life of colonial children using games, stories, music and crafts. She is an accomplished cornshuck doll maker which is used to help students understand the magic of "playing without batteries" in her program. Her CD "Momma Learns to Drive and other life stories" has been well received. Millie is a past board member of SCSN. She has been on the Children's Week staff of John C. Campbell Folk School since 2000 as well as performing in many festivals around South Carolina.

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Name:Christian, Raymond
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City:Boone
State:NC
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Telephone:(828) 729-2374
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Email:raychristian@charter.net

Bio:Ray’s storytelling began with his family role of mail-reader for his illiterate parents. He escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by running away at age 17 to join the circus in 1978. Not actually in the circus but the United States Army, Ray served in a number of capacities and assignments at home and abroad, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper. He retired after 20 years of service and the combat-decorated veteran earned a BS in History, MA in Public History, and EdS in Education Leadership. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education and teaches part time at Appalachians State University, his course- “The Souls of Black Folks”. He is the father of six, loves fishing, food, scuba, and pigeons. He is currently residing (hiding out) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Watauga County, North Carolina and has recently launched his podcast, What’s Ray Saying.

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Name:Clarke, Sharon
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Address:PO Box 5544
City:Connelly Springs
State:NC
Zip:28612
Telephone:(828) 308-2185
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Email:sclarkestorylady@gmail.com
Website:www.SClarkeStorylady.com

Bio:For more than 25 years Sharon Clarke has warmed the hearts of her audiences with storytelling and folk music. She weaves together song with story, imagery with imagination to delight and captivate the listener. Her dramatic and unique style keeps her audience entranced...laughing and crying...as they quickly and unknowingly become part of the yarn-spinner's web. Sharon brings a variety of instruments with her to encourage the participants to actively participate in the Tales and Tunes!

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Name:Clarkson, Wright
Company Name:StoryGuy
Address:4833 Addison Dr.
City:Charlotte
State:NC
Zip:28211
Telephone:(704) 770-0530
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Email:Storytlr99@aol.com
Website:www.storyteller.net/tellers/wstoryguy

Bio:Wright Clarkson is a nationally renowned storyteller, musician, and teaching artist. He delights in sharing tales with people of all ages. His interactive style utilizes folk and world instruments, and costumes to engage audiences in folk tales, fractured fairy tales, ghost and history stories, Jack and Grandfather tales, trickster and wisdom tales, and original and song stories. He performs assemblies in schools, teaches artist residencies for pre-schools through high schools , and conducts workshops for business, community and non-profit groups.

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Name:Cole, Marvin
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Address:165 Ridge Road
City:Candler
State:NC
Zip:28715
Telephone:(828) 665-7674
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Email:marvin.cole@att.net

Bio:The main purpose of portraying Mark Twain is to satirize human cruelty to other humans in the hope of realizing the need to respect all people. A second purpose is to bring the physical, mental, and healing benefits of humor to audiences. On the side we can throw in a glimpse of history, poking fun at pretensions, and expose sham. Mark Twain is still frequently quoted and still telling the truth 100 years after his death. With over 30 years and over 1,000 performances and lectures to civic clubs, university and high school classes, Elderhostel/Exploritas groups, church groups, and all the paddlewheelers on the Mississippi River, I am still awed by this literary giant.

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Name:Corsbie, Ken
Company Name:Caribbean Voices
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City:Chapel Hill
State:NC
Zip:27516
Telephone:919-240-7413
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Email:kencorsbie@gmail.com
Website:www.kencorsbie.wix.com/caribbeanvoices

Bio:Originally from Guyana, Ken has worked or performed as storyteller, radio announcer, dramatist, comedian, poetry performer, television presenter, arts journalist throughout the entire English speaking Caribbean. He has received awards for his work/performances from Guyana, Trinidad, Long Island NY, Barbados and the Cayman Islands where he helped create the annual Gimistory Festival at which he has told for all of its sixteen years.

“I’m a full-blooded West Indian Stereotype - half Chinese, half Amerindian, half Scottish, half African, half Welsh”

Since coming to live in America in 1996, Ken has performed in cafes, theaters universities, libraries, private events, schools, variety concerts, and storytelling festivals throughout North America including Boston, New London CT, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Wisconsin, Toronto, Ottawa, Orlando, Queens NY, Clearwater on the Hudson River.
In 2012, Ken and his wife Elizabeth Barnum moved from Long Island NY to Chapel Hill, NC

“Ken’s stories carry a deeply felt understanding of Caribbean cultural traditions, which he gives us with wit and infectious laughter.” The Storycrafters - Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns. Philmont, NY

“Ken’s supportive participation helped to sustain the fourteen years of the monthly Cornelia St. Café (Manhattan) storytelling evenings.”
Barbara Aliprantis - Storyteller / NSN Awardee. Flushing NY

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Name:Crow, ReVonda
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City:Wilkesboro
State:NC
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Telephone:336-977-8275
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Email:revondacrow48@gmail.com
Website:www.revondacrow.com

Bio:ReVonda Crow was born and raised in the Piedmont of NC, and has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1989. ReVonda's love of story goes back to when her mother read to her as a small child, and her father told stories of moonshiners and WWII. She believes everything, and everyone has a story. ReVonda enjoys telling fairy tails, legends, ghost stories, and any tale with a twist. She also likes telling personal stories from time-to-time. She has told in many venues, which includes telling in Ireland.

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Name:Cunningham, Jane
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City:Rome
State:GA
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Telephone:(706) 346-4091
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Email:missjane1@mac.com
Website:http://missjanestories.com

Bio:Storyteller and Educator

Jane Owen Cunningham is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a memory to your heart! Her enduring sense of humor and irresistible Southern charm make her "Miss Jane Stories" an enchanting experience for all audiences.

"Miss Jane," born and raised in Mississippi, graduated cum laude from Mississippi University for Women and received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College in Georgia. She has experienced the world as a Delta Stewardess, a teacher, a H&R Block receptionist, a business owner, an actress, a wife, a mother, a co-creator of Children's Playhouse (story-art workshops for children), a Baptist and an Episcopalian.

A love of stories led Jane to her work as a storyteller, workshop leader, and media specialist at Berry College Elementary School. At Berry she works with kindergarten through eighth grade and college students in the school of education. "Miss Jane" has presented workshops and story programs throughout the southeast from Washington D.C. to Puerto Rico.

Jane Cunningham has delighted audiences in Jonesborough, TN at the National Storytelling Festival as an Exchange Place Teller and as the Storyteller in Residence for the International Storytelling Center "Northerners and Southerners" were captivated by her stories at the Washington Storyteller's Theatre in Washington, D.C. "Miss Jane" has performed at the Alliance Theatre, Winter Storytelling Festival, the Carter Center and the National Storytelling Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

When telling stories, Cunningham leads her listeners with fun, warmth, and awe into a magical world where the written word cannot go!

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Name:Davin, Janice
Company Name:Magic Words
Address:5225 Cane Creek Rd.
City:Waxhaw
State:NC
Zip:28173
Telephone:704-843-4559
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Email:janice@janicedavin.com
Website:www.janicedavin.com

Bio:Storytelling saved Janice Davin’s career as a teacher and maybe her life. During 35 years in the classroom, Janice told stories to calm savage beasts, subdue mutinies, and make learning memorable. Currently Janice captures the attention of audiences at schools, organizations, churches, and festivals by telling lively stories of lasting value. Through her workshops for students and teachers, she fosters the transformative power of the spoken word in its traditional forms and through digital storytelling, an integral component of 21st century literacy.

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Name:Dixon, Mima
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City:Washington
State:NC
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Telephone:(252) 975-3785
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Email:mddixon@suddenlink.net

Bio:A retired librarian, Mima loves to delight the young and young at heart with stories to stretch the imagination. Mima's stories strive to take you on a storytelling adventure as well as to entertain and open your imagination. Participants are exposed to a variety of stories, activities and props as they participate in the process. Audience includes family child care homes, child care centers, schools, churches, VBS, family reunions and community activities.

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Name:Eaglin, Sylvia
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Address:1105 Shalimar Ct.
City:High Point
State:NC
Zip:27262
Telephone:(336) 883-0892
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Email:sylviaeaglin@gmail.com

Bio:You may want to hear about the seven Eaglin children’s hilarious adventures growing up in Tennessee and Arkansas, as told for thirty-eight years in the classroom and now for audiences of all ages at after-dinner programs, club meetings, school assemblies, retirement homes, and special occasions. Now a retired Latin teacher ready to travel, Ms. Eaglin also performs Classical legends, Bible stories, and ghost stories. She carefully constructs her sentences and delivers them with high energy, so that the result is both entertaining and educational.

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Name:Eister, Lisa
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Address:PO Box 55
City:Clemson
State:SC
Zip:29633
Telephone:(864) 653-4932
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Email:lisaeister@bellsouth.net

Bio:Lisa Eister is a native of South Carolina with roots in the Appalachian Mountains. A certified educator, Lisa performs before school, festival and community audiences of all ages. Her concerts feature folktales, traditional Appalachian tales, historical stories, personal stories woven from family and mountain lore, as well as narratives based on the real life experiences of WWII veterans. In July 2011, Lisa performed at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. She is founder of the Clemson Area StoryTellers Guild.

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Name:Ellis, Kim
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Address:719 Summerlake Dr. SW
City:Concord
State:NC
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Telephone:(704) 619-7455
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Email:celticcross54@att.net

Bio:I tell stories from at least four character's perspective. I have performed all of them for either improvisational theater, at schools where I have told stories or at local festivals and performed them at guild meetings in Charlotte. These four characters are: Chin Tang Tang who is much like Aesop telling stories which have a moral and are obtained through a listener drawing a fortune from the bowl of fortunes. Chin Tang Tang also uses the progressive story method to teach children how to recognize the elements of a good story (beginning, middle and end or conclusion). Fiona the Wise: who tells Irish myth, fairy tales, Irish legend and Aesop's fables. Some of these stories are perfect for Halloween festivals and they also teach children and adults alike about Irish culture. Beatrice the Unicorn shares stories with Fiona the Wise and also "Tales from the Unicorn Chronicles" which her own stories passing down for centuries f rom the land of "Fairie" and her own experiences as a princess Unicorn. The last is Kiliope Kilpatrick or now "Captain Kiliope" who tells her own girl pirate adventures of which are some historical stories or references to historical piratical figures that have meshed with her own experiences being raised by her father Captain "Hoarfrost Jack" Kilpatrick. More photos are coming besides these. This happens to be a perfomer's headshot. I have been a member of the Charlotte Storyteller's Guild for quite a few years now and also know Robin Berkman and Ramona Moore Big Eagle.

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Name:Evans, Shiela
Company Name:Hoke County Public Library
Address:334 N. Main Street
City:Raeford
State:NC
Zip:28376
Telephone:(910) 875-2502
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Email:sheila.evans@srls.info

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Name:Fowler, John
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Address:279 Berry Rd.
City:Boiling Springs
State:SC
Zip:29316
Telephone:(864) 216-5578
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Email:htp50@yahoo.com
Website:hairytoeproductions.com

Bio:Storyteller Johnny Thomas Fowler is an award winning harmonica and banjo champion, author, and co-host of This Old Porch on North Carolina Public Radio WNCW 88.7. His grandparents were from the hills and hollers of the southern Appalachian Mountains. His outstanding programs are reflections of these ties.

On the stage his presentations are a blast of creative energy weaving family lore, tall tells, legends, and ghost stories with outrageous humor, quick wit and colorful exaggerations. His captivating storytelling is warm and crafty with a personal touch of struggle, heart strings, simple awkwardness, and hilarious adventures. At times he mixes an array of mountain folk tunes, ballads and songs for a special blend of authenticity.

Recent Performances: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch, MearleFest, North Charleston Arts Festival, Folk Fabulous, Black Box Theatre, Capri Theatre, Horry County Muzem, Hagood Mill Storytelling Festval, International Storytelling Festival (Exchange Place Stage)

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Name:Fulton, Faye
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City:Charlotte
State:NC
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Telephone:704-421-3220
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Email:ffulton50@gmail.com
Website:www.fayefulton.com

Bio:Faye Fulton has been a professional speaker, communications trainer, and storyteller for almost two decades. She is a long-standing member of the National Speakers Association and she has conducted workshops in all 50 states. She grew up in Sicily and Trinidad and has traveled all over the world. Her travels and experiences with different cultures are reflected in her stories and she is fascinated by the way stories connect all people - no matter where they are from. She tells stories in educational, corporate, and non-profit settings about her adventures and the diverse group of people she has met over the years -- from Sicilian Countesses to Trinidadian Chauffeurs. Her multicultural, diversity, and educational stories impart meaning and value. Faye is also the co-founder of Speak Up Union County in Waxhaw, NC.

Faye makes history come alive when she portrays the historic character of Abigail Adams. Abigail was the wife of the second President of the United States, John Adams and she was the mother of the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. She was deeply interested in politics and highly influenced her husband's career. Abigail was the first woman to live in the White House.

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Name:Fuson, Jadie
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City:Lakeview
State:NC
Zip:28350
Telephone:(615) 708-7291
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Email:fusonjadie@gmail.com
Website:http://www.facebook.com/ChiefJadieTells

Bio:Teller of incredible stories, Jadie takes you on fantastic journeys through regions of your imagination that will delight, inspire, and reveal deep truths.

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Name:Golden, John
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Address:5122 Clear Run Dr.
City:Wilmington
State:NC
Zip:28403
Telephone:(910) 395-2014
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Email:johncgolden@ec.rr.com

Bio:John shares coastal Carolina folklore with songs and stories in living history programs performed in costume. The legends, heroes and characters that make up our coastal heritage come alive from the Lost Colony to pirates to lifesavers to blockade runners. Sing along and clap along to favorite folk songs with guitar and old-time banjo. He features the Lifesaving and Lighthouse Services in his Shipwrecks and Sea Songs programs. Performances are for audiences of all ages. John's programs emphasize the history studies in the NC school curriculum. He performs concerts for schools, libraries, museums, historic sites and festivals.

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Name:Goodman, Linda
Company Name:Author/Storyteller/Playwright
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City:Waxhaw
State:NC
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Telephone:(804) 687-6341
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Email:happytales@aol.com
Website:www.lindagoodmanstoryteller.com

Bio:Linda Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. She began writing her own stories while she was in elementary school and continues to be a prolific writer to this day. In November 1988, while she was living in Enfield, Connecticut, she rediscovered the "oral tradition" while attending the first annual Tellabration! ™. She has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the country with her original stories, traditional tales, and monologues ever since.

LInda's works are known for their "Southern Appalachian" flavor, and her CDs, Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, have received glowing reviews and have been aired on several NPR and Sirius radio programs. Her one-woman show, Daughters of the Appalachians, was published in book form in 1999 and has since been performed as a play by casts from theaters in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

Linda lived in New England from August, 1985 to August, 1998. While there, she was approved by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for inclusion on their PASS, Event and Residency, and Touring Rosters. From August 1998 through December 2012, she lived in Chesterfield, Virginia where she was listed on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Writers in Virginia Directory. She has lived in Waxhaw, North Carolina since January 2013 and is on the roster of the Charlotte/Mecklinburg Arts and Science Council (ASC) Education Provider Directory. She is the 1995 recipient of the Excellence in Storytelling Award presented by the Storytelling Institute at Southern Connecticut State University, a 1998 recipient of a Storytelling World Honor Award, a 2013 recipient of 3 Storytelling World Winner Awards, and a 2014 recipient of 2 Storytelling World Winner Awards. She is a charter member of the Barter Storytellers of Abingdon, Virginia, the country's first professional storytelling troupe a ssociated with a professional theater.

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Name:Gordon, Kathy
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City:Asheville
State:NC
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Telephone:828-484-8371
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Email:kathygordonstoryteller@gmail.com

Bio:I was raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina by parents who told stories of growing up in the mountains. I delight in retelling these stories and ones of my own childhood. I was blessed with a vivid imagination and have always put it to good use!
I graduated from Mars Hill College and Western Carolina University. I taught in Asheville City Schools for 30 years where I honed my storytelling skills everyday!
Since retiring, I have told at The Toe River Storytelling Festival, Fletcher Feed and Seed, The Altamont Theater, Stories From Asheville's Front Porch and many others. A favorite is telling to elementary students. Highlights of my performances are Asheville's 2013 Tellabration and a visit to the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild where I told on stage at the International Storytelling Center. I have even played the cantankerous wife of the legendary "Jack" in a play with Asheville/Buncombe College!

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Name:Gorham, Linda
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City:Raleigh
State:NC
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Telephone:(630) 542-7025
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Email:linda@lindagorham.com
Website:www.lindagorham.com

Bio:Linda Gorham’s performances are filled with surprising twists and unconventional humor. For the past 25 years, Linda has engaged audiences with interactive folktales, distinctive myths, notably twisted fairy tales, riveting well-researched historical stories, and humorously heartfelt stories about family life. Each performance is infused with Linda’s unique, signature ‘sophisticated attitude’.

Linda has two award-winning CDs. Jumping on Grandma’s Plastic Covered Couch is a revealing look at the inspiring and often unpredictable world of family, love and self-identity. Common Sense and Uncommon Fun breathes new life into timeless multicultural folktales.

In 2016 Linda was awarded the Distinguished National Service Award by the National Storytelling Network. She also received the Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Service from the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Linda was a 2016 ‘Featured Teller’ at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah and at the Haunting in the Hills Festival in Tennessee. She was also a ‘New Voice Teller’ at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and a ‘Teller in Residence’ at the International Storytelling Center in 2015.

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Name:Gudger, Sandra
Company Name:
Address:61 Floyd Dr
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28803
Telephone:828-274-1123
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Email:gudgers@charter.net

Bio:Appalachian stories, poems, and personal stories. Sandra brings seven generations of Scottish and Appalachian heritage to storytelling. She says her Daddy told stories at family gatherings and she didn't know that storytelling was an art or entertainment medium for everyone to enjoy until much later on. Dedicated to storytelling, Sandra is the founder and a permanent board member of Asheville Storytelling Circle, and has also served NCSG on the board and as president. Her favorite stories are those which make people laugh, and she loves to tell about the people and places in western North Carolina. Youth, Adults, Seniors.

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Name:Hamlin, Charlotte
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Address:925 New Garden Road #513
City:Greensboro
State:NC
Zip:27410
Telephone:(336) 855-1266
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Email:chamlin1939@gmail.com
Website:www.charlottewebspinner.com

Bio:After a career as an elementary teacher, college instructor, human relations trainer, and senior higher education administrator, I became a storyteller in 2001 and provide programs for audiences of all ages. Drawing on my academic background as an educator and leader, with a Ph.D. in human development and counseling, I give performances for workshops for organizations of all kinds, specializing in multicultural stories, personal stories about living in nine states and three foreign countries and traveling abroad. I offer storytelling development workshops for youth and adults and training in storytelling as a leadership skill. Using songs, colorful hats and puppets, my storytelling engages audience members in creating stories with me that touch the heart, explore cultural similarities and differences and build community.

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Name:Harllee, Janet
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Address:P.O. Box 4111
City:Asheboro
State:NC
Zip:27204
Telephone:(336) 672-5178
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Email:janet@janetharllee.net
Website:www.janetharllee.net

Bio:Storyteller | Public Speaker | Author
With a strong background in theatre, Janet moved into storytelling in the early '90's. She is a former NC Storytelling Guild president. Janet tells to adults, senior groups, churches, and businesses.

On certain occasions, Janet uses her theatre background performing a one woman show entertaining audiences with her character, Mitsy Lou Puppernickel, a Southern hairdresser in "Stories of Faith From The South". And she is author of “Just A Closer Stumble With Thee” funny, touching, and sometimes true Southern stories of our not-so-steady walk with the Lord. The book is written in Mitsy Lou’s voice. A portion of the proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Care Center At Cross Road Retirement Community for their wonderful care of her mother, Ruby Whisnant (Whis nut). Janet has also produced a CD of original life lesson stories for ages 5 up to adults called, “Tales To Crow About.”

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Name:Harrell, Michael Reno
Company Name:Dancing Bear Productions
Address:
City:Morganton
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(828) 438-1927
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Email:mike@michaelreno.com
Website:www.michaelreno.com

Bio:Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, storyteller, published author and all around great entertainer. His songs have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit”, but his self pinned material resonates far beyond his Southern roots. Because of his exceptional knack for description, fans have described his songs as “little movies”.
His combination of music and storytelling are based in experience, sometimes downright funny, sometimes just plain scary, maybe even with a message worth taking away, but always mesmerizing and entertaining.
One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.

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Name:Hill, David
Company Name:Triad Storytelling Exchange
Address:
City:Greensboro
State:NC
Zip:27401
Telephone:(336) 210-4659
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Email:dfhill@aol.com

Bio:Retired US Army. Was a founder of NC Storyfest in 2005. I left the organization and recently decided to get back into storytelling.

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Name:Hoal, Alan
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Address:225 Heidinger Dr.
City:Cary
State:NC
Zip:27511
Telephone:919-607-0993
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Email:alan.hoal@gmail.com
Website:www.thehoalstory.com

Bio:Alan is a highly energetic and animated storyteller who has taken home numerous storytelling awards. He travels throughout the United States telling stories at festivals and retreats as well as at colleges, secondary schools and libraries. Alan has also shared his talents at church, corporate and civic events. He has a diverse repertoire from the hilarious, to the frightening, to the heartwarming and inspirational. These stories are tailored for audiences of all ages. Alan's animated style and familiar themes draw his audiences into his tales as they experience the stories’ events alongside his colorful characters.

Alan’s school programs are specifically designed to focus on core curriculum and state essential standards in the areas of Language Arts, History and Social Studies. A well-told story is an interaction between the teller and the listener and when experiencing one of Alan’s performances students will, almost unconsciously, find that they are using their listening and thinking skills to as they become absorbed in the events of the story. Teachers are always surprised at how quiet their students become as they listen to a good story with rapt attention.

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Name:Ingalls, Terri
Company Name:Imagine That! Storytellers
Address:655 Epperson Church Road
City:Mount Airy
State:NC
Zip:27030
Telephone:(336) 351-3806
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Email:potluck@surry.net

Bio:Having worked as a flight attendant, travel agent, media buyer, theatre manager, actor, director, secretary and writer, Terri Ingalls has a wide range of experiences and people from which to draw stories and characters.
She began telling stories – officially – six years ago when she helped found the Imagine That! Storytellers and has since told stories at libraries, retirement communities, high schools, theatres and festivals. The summer of 2010, as part of the NC Arts Council’s 2nd Saturday Celebration, she told stories at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville and created an original work for the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle, NC. She also performed an original work, “Pearl, Your Mother” at the Cherry Orchard Theatre in Orchard Gap, VA.

Terri is a 2011 grateful recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem, which will allow her to further her studies and hone her skills.

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Name:Jay, Rusty
Company Name:
Address:PO Box 11303
City:Southport
State:NC
Zip:28461
Telephone:(423) 314-5115
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Email:r.jays@yahoo.com

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Name:Johnston, Lynda
Company Name:Ever After Stories
Address:
City:Whiteville
State:NC
Zip:28472
Telephone:(910) 317-3956
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Email:onceuponeverafter@yahoo.com

Bio:Lynda used stories in the educational world for thirty-eight years. In retirement she hopes to continue sharing stories with people of all ages. She uses folklore, wisdom tales and family stories to motivate and entertain audiences. Lynda has also traveled to Israel and Poland for an extensive study of the Holocaust. She can provide stories or workshops about the Holocaust, poetry writing, and storytelling for students and/or teachers. She will work with schools and other community organizations to keep stories in our lives for Ever After.

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Name:Jones, Ron
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Address:2305 Englewood Ave.
City:Durham
State:NC
Zip:27705
Telephone:(919) 286-7995
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Email:ronjones@rijones.com
Website:www.rijones.com

Bio:For over 30 years Ron has been sharing stories and songs with audiences of all ages telling traditional and original stories. Ron performs in schools, libraries, museums and at festivals throughout the country, in Canada and in Mexico. He has two CD’s: I’D RATHER BE A DOG AND OTHER STORIES and DO TELL! CABIN TALES FROM THE MOUNTAINSIDE. His series of original stories- Stories from Down Home- for older children and adults tickle the funny bone while pulling at the hear strings.

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Name:Kirhoff, Bruce
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Address:
City:Greensboro
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:336-639-0049
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Email:kirchoffbruce@gmail.com

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Name:Kirk, Dorothy
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Address:
City:Tryon
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(828) 859-9528
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Email:dorokirk@yahoo.com

Bio:Two years ago, I retired after a forty-five year career as a systems analyst, information technology consultant, project/program manager, and teacher. My teaching experience taught me that I had a gift for storytelling and performance. Teaching is, at its best, a performance art. I taught both English at a college level and project management to business professionals. I made the concepts come alive and kept the students engaged through my storytelling. I used stories to illustrate project management concepts, like risk management. Through my students’ feedback and the comments of my peers, I realized I had a gift and I developed a strong desire to pursue that gift.

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Name:Kitson, Robin
Company Name:Stories That Polish Your Heart
Address:
City:Raleigh
State:NC
Zip:27604
Telephone:(919) 342-5991
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Email:nanirobin@gmail.com
Website:www.robinkitson.com

Bio:Robin’s trips of the mind are like those she heard as a child in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans where stories roll down the river clothed in fog. Robin’s dynamic, funny mind weaves a tale you won’t forget. Her stories shift your paradigm, crack you up, and leave you with that Aha moment. Her motivational workshops teach how logic tells but emotion sells your idea through storytelling. Robin tells Cajun, Civil Rights Era, Business and Wedding Tales that cause each rusty heart to shine.

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Name:Lawrence, LeeAnna
Company Name:UNC-School of the Arts
Address:
City:Winston Salem
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(336) 924-2035
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Email:Lawrela@earthlink.net

Bio:I teach Humanities in the College division at UNC - School of the Arts, where I try to incorporate myths and storytelling into my teaching process. I’d like to develop as a storyteller. Many of my stories involve my childhood in Fuquay-Varina, NC, as well as myths and ghost stories. I also teach mixed media visual arts to middle schoolers at the Sawtooth School of Visual Arts, and I’d love to explore ways of mixing storytelling and visual art.

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Name:LedBetter, Gwenda
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Address:
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28804
Telephone:(828) 254-3133
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Email:bahpu80@gmail.com

Bio:Gwenda LedBetter began her fifty years of storytelling in Asheville, North Carolina, becoming the Storylady at the libraries, and on Tales from the Red Rocker on WlOS-TV. Her first telling at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee was in 1979. She returned to tell and teach people from all over in workshops there. Then traveled, telling, across the country, being awarded the Oracle Award from N.S.N in 2006. She's a member of Asheville's Storytelling Circle and sat in the first circle forming the North Carolina Storytelling Circle, receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. She's written and performed two one woman shows: Friday's Father, 2006 and Old Woman in the Basement, 2009. Madeleine L'Engle wrote: Your stories touch the core of my strongest feelings and from an unknown member of an audience: Your stories make me proud to be human.

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Name:Leotta, Joan
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Address:1002 Montgomery CT NW
City:Calabash
State:NC
Zip:28467
Telephone:(910) 575-0618
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Email:joanleotta@gmail.com
Website:www.joanleotta.com

Bio:Award winning story performer and author, Joan Leotta, gives shows based on folklore or personal stories and performs women from history for audiences of all ages. Her current one -woman shows include, "Hurricane of Independence" about an indentured servant in the Lower Cape Fear, "Spy! abut Belle Boyd a confederate spy, "A Time to Heal" featuring a nurse during the Civil War, "Cook it Up", healthy food and eating supported through folklore of the region, and "On the Home Front" , stories of World War II in the Lower Cape Fear. She is working on a new show "No More Bullies" with Communities in Schools of Brunswick County.
She also speaks on writing and trains business groups in speaking skills and business writing.

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Name:Lovett, Sherry
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Address:PO Box 280
City:Little Switzerland
State:NC
Zip:28749
Telephone:(828) 467-9955
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Email:sherrylovettstoryteller@gmail.com

Bio:Sherry Lovett has been a middle school teacher, elementary media specialist, homeschooler, educational cooperative leader, teaching artist for Penland School of Crafts, workshop facilitator, and, through it all, a storyteller. Through mystical Celtic stories, haunting ballads, historical narratives, and wise and wonderful folktales, Sherry swirls together a magical stew to delight audiences from school assemblies to a variety of adult performances. She connects with her audiences through universal themes and delivers stories with beautiful language and graceful movements. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, entertain, and connect with people through the art of storytelling.

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Name:Lowry, Tim
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Address:236 Smythe Dr.
City:Summerville
State:SC
Zip:29485
Telephone:(843) 324-1366
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Email:timlowry@bellsouth.net
Website:www.storytellertimlowry.com

Bio:Tim Lowry often mixes stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet! He performs in hundreds of venues each year—schools, corporate meetings, libraries, and folk festivals. His workshops for educators are always high energy, inspirational events with plenty of creative ideas for students of all ages. Tim's seminars for corporations/organizations are catalysts for creative problem solving and dynamic communication.

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Name:MacKenzie, Catherine
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Address:125 Miss Ellie Lane
City:Gastonia
State:NC
Zip:28056
Telephone:(704) 263-2531
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Email:cmmackenzie50@gmail.com

Bio:An avid collector of tales, Catherine MacKenzie fell in love with storytelling in the bayous of Louisiana, and is always thrilled to find a new story to share. With a MLIS and extensive experience as a children's librarian, she enjoys telling to audiences of all ages. She was featured on a storytelling segment for ACCESS TV and has told several stories on CBC radio. She is particularly drawn to hauntingly beautiful stories with strong female characters and short vignettes that paint vivid pictures in listeners' minds.

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Name:Martin, Dr. Jimmie H.
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Address:1524 Old Stage Rd.
City:Yadkinville
State:NC
Zip:27055
Telephone:336-473-0001
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Email:revjmartinh@gmail.com

Bio:I am a retired Metho-Baptist (my nomenclature) minister. I retired in 2004. I continue to be active as part-time pastor, Associate, Bible Director. My most memorable experience since retirement: I joined Dr. “patch” Adams, his brother “Wildman" and 30 other wanna-be clowns for 15 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia in the cold month of November. I’m still cold. Our purpose was to “bring a bit of joy" to the hurting children who resided in orphanages, children’s hospitals and other facilities which cared for such children. There were so many moving experiences it is difficult to name one, but I will try. We 30 clowns visited to “bring a bit of joy” to a five story hospital whose patients had cancer. It was a heart wrenching experience for all of us. As we boarded “da bus” as the children called it and headed out the drive, tears came as we watched the children run from window to window waving to we clowns who had brought a bit of joy to their hearts. They were so joyous. Made us cry because we were told that most of them would never leave the hospital.
I’ll never forget “Patch” and “Wildman.” It was my first trip to Russia as a clown. For Patch and Wildman it was the 24th.

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Name:Maynard, Edward & Tina
Company Name:
Address:1305 Greylyn Drive
City:Matthews
State:NC
Zip:28104
Telephone:(704) 321-5183
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Email:emayn37868@aol.com

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Name:McPhail, Jeannie
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Address:
City:Hickory
State:NC
Zip:28602
Telephone:828-322-2218
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Email:jamcphail@charter.net
Website:www.jamcphail.com

Bio:Jeannie McPhail is a former library director from Kansas, who loves the NC mountains. She is the author of three books, Dawn of Day, a middle-grade historical fiction novel; Trinity Tales of Tresia: A Most Remarkable Hat, (Book I) a middle-grade inspirational fantasy novel; and I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life, a memoir. She is available to read excerpts about the Underground Railroad and Kansas, the subject of Dawn of Day. She will also read excerpts from her fantasy series and talk to students about her writing process and creating stories from their own imaginations.

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Name:Mendenhall, Ann C.
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Address:101 Locust Grove Lane
City:Versailles
State:Kentucky
Zip:40383
Telephone:859-533-5064
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Email:annc.mend@gmail.com

Bio:Ann Causey Mendenhall has heard and shared stories all her life, just ask her older brother. By the time Ann was in third grade she knew that teaching was her calling. Youth Services Specialist for the Pender County Public Library is her salaried position, sharing stories with young and old is her vocation. She is equally pleased to share a preschool story time, lead an adult Bible study, plan church youth events, or introduce stories and story tellers to all.

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Name:Mendenhall, Ray
Company Name:
Address:101 Locust Grove Lane
City:Versailles
State:Kentucky
Zip:40383
Telephone:859-940-1735
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Email:rwmend@gmail.com
Website:jollymanstories.com

Bio:“Here comes the Jolly man ... he’ll tell you a story or two.” Jolly man stories is the experience of Amazing Songs and Whimsical Stories shared through the art and antics of Ray Mendenhall. Ray has performed in North and South Carolina. He has performed at festivals, schools, churches, civic organizations, as an after dinner speaker and as singer/storyteller in a variety of settings. He has performed at the NC State Fair, won medals for his musical performances at the NC state-wide Senior Arts competition and is a champion liar (no lie). He spins folk tales, tall tales, stories from many lands, original stories and home-grown humor with joy and vigor. He brings energy, exuberance, passion and excitement to his songs and stories. The Jolly man is just waiting to tell you a story or two. Give me a call or email me. I would love to fill your bill.

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Name:Miller, David Joe
Company Name:David Joe Miller Presents!
Address:PO Box 16982
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28816
Telephone:828-808-1150
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Email:davidjoetells@yahoo.com
Website:www.davidjoemiller.com

Bio:David Joe is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, TN. In 1994 he created the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild. He tours the United States and internationally. Previous audiences include Disney, Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Philips Medical, World Bank, Shell Oil and former Vice President Al Gore and family. He has worked in dozens of school districts all across the country and has tour extensively in the North Carolina schools, helping young writers become better narrative writers using the power of storytelling. He is dynamic on stage for audiences of all ages. Schools/Libraries/Festivals and Corporate venues.

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Name:miller, elena
Company Name:Storytelling Folk Singer
Address:
City:Fletcher
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(828) 684-0481
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Email:elenamiller@bellsouth.net

Bio:Storytelling Folksinger : :Eastern US Festivals; Academy Theatre Atlanta actress; Cameo appearance Peter Sellar's movie "Being There"; Folk Programs Karl Zeiss Schools, Berlin; The Nashville Network; National Park Service Interpreter St. Louis Arch stories/music 100th Anniversary Celebration of National Park Service; Carl Sandburg, Grand Canyon, many others; First Place National Award "Best Performing Arts Program in Parks", Three Regional Awards, Interpretive Excellence, Featured in Southern Living Magazine twice for performances; Founded Carl Sandburg folk music/storytelling Festival; Theatre/English M.A.UNC, Graduate Teaching credentials; NC Arts Council Artist In Schools; Guitar, autoharp, dulcimer . Chataqua/Fables/Tales/Folklore/Personal. Children. Adults

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Name:Moss, Marva
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Address:
City:Leland
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(910) 253-5804
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Email:owlcottage@atmc.net

Bio:I began storytelling, by telling stories to my own children. Today my storytelling appeals to adults and children alike. I have used storytelling in the classroom to enhance the literary experience of my students. My storytelling sessions are presented in public and private schools, at churches, health and cultural festivals, as well as community events and programs. Presentations are enriched with displays, and hands-on activities. Often, I wear my 'storytelling hat'. As a storyweaver, educator, and creative writer, I spin a 'story web' to stimulate imaginations, and hopefully create a love for listening, reading and writing.

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Name:Nelson, Sarah Beth
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Address:
City:Chapel Hill
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(770) 871-8533
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Email:voxfabularum@gmail.com
Website:voxfabularum.com

Bio:Sarah Beth once stood in the Roman Forum, surrounded by dusty ruins. Instead of a gaping hole, she saw a statue of Jupiter. Instead of the wind, she heard Nero’s fiddle. The ruins were alive with story.

As a Latin scholar and librarian, Sarah Beth draws much of her inspiration from classical history and mythology. But, Rome isn’t the only place with a few good tales, so Sarah Beth dips into other folk traditions as well.

The University of Georgia Classics Department has twice invited Sarah Beth to perform as part of their annual festival, Athenaze, and she has presented at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature organized by the University of Georgia’s Department of Language and Literacy Education. Sarah Beth has also been a presenter at Georgia’s State Latin Convention.

During her first year of marriage, Sarah Beth accompanied her husband to Norwich, UK, which happens to be near the home of her favorite “barbarian,” Boudica. While abroad, Sarah Beth performed at Ancient House Museum, located in Thetford, and at schools and libraries in Norfolk County. She developed a collection of American picture books for the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich, where she also gave programs on American culture.

Sarah Beth has been both a featured teller and a workshop presenter in the Peach State Storytelling Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. She has portrayed Boudica during a performance of the Women’s Imaginative Guild of Storytellers. Sarah Beth has acted as mistress of ceremonies for Kim Weitkamp and she has performed at the National Storytelling Conference.

In Rome, in Norwich, in Atlanta and beyond, Sarah Beth unearths the hidden stories and brings them to life.

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Name:Newcomb, Cora
Company Name:Lowcountry Storytellers
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City:
State:SC
Zip:
Telephone:(843) 597-2434
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Email:coranewcomb1@gmail.com

Bio:Celebrate the magic of storytelling with this gifted storyteller who has told stories to audiences of all ages throughout the United States engaging the senses and enchanting audiences everywhere. With powerful vocal quality and stage presence, stories are delivered in a highly polished and yet down-home manner. Specialties include: Storytelling, curriculum development, and teacher training.
She sparks the heart and soul of everyone as they feel the wonder and excitement of her stories told with an energetic and charming style, keeping everyone spell bound from young to old. Her vibrant style fills the stage with historic, inspirational, anti-bullying stories, ghost tales and stories that reflect her life from the delightful village of Beaufort SC.

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Name:Pace, Doyle
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Address:165 Pace-Clark Rd.
City:Boone
State:NC
Zip:28607
Telephone:(828) 264-9058
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Email:bmonkus.pace@gmail.com

Bio:For most of my life I have been interested in collecting, preserving and telling stories. The main focus of my interest are the stories of the life, love, lore and legends of the people of the Southern Mountains. I have told stories at a variety of venues including schools, libraries, museums, nursing homes, festivals and country stores. I can adapt my presentation to fit almost any occasion or and age group. I am also interesting in producing and presenting storytelling events.

Address half of the year:
750 Weaver Dairy Road, #132
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
ph # 919-918-3352; cell# 828-406-2193

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Name:Payne, Sylvia
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Address:1621 Nathanial St.
City:Newton
State:NC
Zip:28658
Telephone:828-465-1564
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Email:sylpayne@bellsouth.net
Website:www.storytraditions.com

Bio:Sylvia Payne grew up listening to her mother tell family stories. Through her animated style Sylvia’s stories captivate young and old alike, sometimes stretching deep into the soul. A former children's librarian, she has been a storyteller and workshop presenter for 30 years. She stretches the imagination with stories of history, original family stories, intriguing folktales, haunting tales and NC legends. Sylvia travels throughout the southeast entertaining audiences. Two of her programs are available through the NC Humanities to non-profit NC organizations.

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Name:Pearsall, Sam
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Address:1307 Chaney Rd
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State:Raleigh
Zip:NC
Telephone:919-859-6297
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Email:samlindapearsall@gmail.com

Bio:I am a recently retired ecologist and a life-long storyteller, but only recently to non-captive audiences. I've entered two Monti StorySlams and won them both, and then I placed third in the 2014 Monti GrandSLAM. I also presented at a curated Monti story event and at a fund-raiser for The Children's Place. My stories are humorous, based on my personal experiences.

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Name:Rainey, Lee
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Address:8520 Della Reese Rd., #102
City:Charlotte
State:NC
Zip:28277
Telephone:(704) 364-3063
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Email:gleerainey@aol.com

Bio:I am a 5th generation North Carolina native whose stories reflect my rich Southern Heritage. I will entertain you with tales for all ages that encourage, motivate, and make you laugh!

"Lee's enthusiasm will take you along with him into his story!"
- Karen-Eve Bayne, Director of DO TELL Storyfestival NC

"The first time I heard Lee Rainey, he was telling 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon', and I was mesmerized by his storytelling"
- Ramona Moore-Big Eagle, founder Charlotte Guild

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Name:Ramsey, Claire
Company Name:Stories With Claire
Address:PO Box 833
City:Oxford
State:NC
Zip:27565
Telephone:(919) 610-1483
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Email:claire@storieswithclaire.com
Website:www.storieswithclaire.com

Bio:Claire Vera Ramsey has always loved telling stories. In childhood, Claire would draw her stories on recycled paper. Through storytelling as a children's librarian, Claire began her new career: Stories With Claire. The president ex officio of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild, Claire believes storytelling help people value one another.

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Name:Raxter, Cynthia
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Address:PO Box 182
City:Bynum
State:NC
Zip:27228
Telephone:919-444-9535
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Email:cynthiaraxter@gmail.com
Website:www.facebook.com/cynthiaraxter

Bio:"We are born with a love of stories inside us. We literally spend our lives waiting and listening for the next story." Cynthia lives in the former mill village of Bynum, NC with 4 cats, 2 kittens and a "Jack Russell Terrorist." She grew up on a farm in the North Carolina mountains with 6 brothers and sisters and a big extended family!

Usually the audience picks the stories she tells - random titles out of a hat or an audience favorite - no one knows! She does birthday parties, curated shows for 200, "Storytelling for Grownups," festivals, libraries, toy stores, retirement dinners and farmers markets. "Don't ever miss a chance to go hear her." Julian from Raleigh says. 'Children gravitate to her." says Amanda from Hillsborough. "She is almost magical." says Samantha in Pittsboro. Cynthia takes classes in improv and standup to make sure her performances stay vibrant and engaging.

Cynthia tells true, original, real-life stories for all age groups. She specializes in farm stories from her childhood, her father's and mother's stories of growing up during the Depression, and stories that promote good values and self-worth. Modern-day David and Goliath's - The Odyssey Winnebago-style - Aesops Fables a la Frozen Creek. For small children she tells stories about "Rascal and the willie kitties at my house."

"Storytelling gives meaning to everyday events." she says. "That's one of the reasons that l like doing the stories I do. It reinforces to children that their day-to-day life is special."

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Name:Reeder, Nancy
Company Name:
Address:
City:Franklin
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(828) 369-1927
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Email:nancyjreeder@gmail.com
Website:http://www.nancyreeder.com

Bio:Nancy is an educator, storyteller, and writer. She taught elementary school for 23 years where her passion for storytelling developed. Her stories range from myths and legends to folk tales and fairy tales, with her own personal stories as well. She has developed and performed numerous pieces including “Tales from the Trail,” based on stories from her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. With her master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University, she is available for workshops in storytelling.

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Name:Regan-Blake, Connie
Company Name:StoryWindow Productions
Address:51 Vance Gap Rd.
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28805
Telephone:(828) 258-1113
Tollfree:
Email:connie@storywindow.com
Website:www.storywindow.com

Bio:With playful elegance, Connie Regan-Blake transforms an audience into an intimate circle of friends. From old-timey mountain tales to surprising, heroic adventures of everyday living, her school assemblies, family, and adult performances are flavored with the humor and wisdom of Connie’s Irish heritage and Southern roots.

Connie, a respected storytelling workshop leader in Asheville & beyond, welcomes those who want to enrich their professional and personal lives.

Praised by national media, Connie has been honored with prestigious “Circle of Excellence” and “Lifetime Achievement” Awards.

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Name:Rollins, Terry
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Address:3621 Slatestone Road
City:Washington
State:NC
Zip:27889
Telephone:(252) 402-8595
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Email:bardelf@gmail.com
Website:bardelf.blogspot.com

Bio:I have been telling professionally for 20 years, and am one of the original co-founders and a past president of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild. I am the Children's Librarian at Brown Library in Washington, and the guide for the Historic Washington Ghost Walk. I specialize in North Carolina and regional folktales, including pirate legends, ghost stories, historical and personal stories. I also share folktales from around the world, and offer a Native American program for elementary school children. Additionally, I have a one-man show, entitled, "Nevermore: the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe", which is suitable for high school students and adults.

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Name:Rose, Emma
Company Name:Rowan Public Library
Address:201 W. Fisher St/
City:Salisbury
State:NC
Zip:28144
Telephone:704-216-7841
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Email:emma.rose@rowancountync.gov
Website:www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Bio:I am an amateur storyteller. I am a 25 year-old ginger librarian. I love to act, sing and make people of all ages laugh and learn. I am currently branch supervisor of Rowan Public Library’s East Branch (Rockwell, NC) and have worked within this library system for almost a decade. I organize Rowan Public Library’s annual Stories by the Millstream Festival which employees 25 tellers and all 2nd graders in Rowan County attend it at Sloan Park (over 2,000 students). I have always loved stories and tellers and worked as a children’s librarian as well.

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Name:Roumillat, Judy
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Address:
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29405
Telephone:843-737-4432
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Email:judy.roumillat@comcast.net

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Name:South Carolina Storytelling Network
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Telephone:803-635-3027
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Email:elling@comporium.net
Website:www.scstorytellingnetwork.org

Bio:The South Carolina Storytelling Network began in the fall of 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on serving the needs of storytellers and listeners throughout SC. SCSN works to support events, produce publications, maintain a website, provide professional development and marketing opportunities for members and the public, and raise statewide awareness of the value of storytelling in families, schools, churches, and other cultural centers.

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Name:St. Clair, Charlie
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Address:
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28804
Telephone:(828) 253-8377
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Email:charliestclair@charter.net

Bio:I have been telling stories to family and friends all my life. All my stories are true...some of them actually happened. Some of my stories are humorous, some will make you think. All of them are entertaining.
Currently Treasurer of the Asheville Storytelling Circle; member for 4 years. Performed in the "Tales of Union County" in Union, SC, at the Laurinburg NC Bold Faced Liars Showdown and Tellabration! Asheville. Performed with Living Story Theater improvisational theater group for 8 years.

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Name:Stone, Becky
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Address:
City:Fairview
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(828) 628-1902
Tollfree:800-569-0602
Email:becky@greenprints.com
Website:www.greenprints.com

Bio:Becky Stone, a native Philadelphian, has lived in Fairview, NC for the last 38 years where she and her husband raised their four children and publish a garden quarterly called “GreenPrints”. She has a BA in Drama from Vassar College and has developed many performing skills through private study. Becky has performed with the Highland Repertory Theater, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Lime Kiln Theatre in Virginia, the Asheville Community Theatre, and the Mars Hill College Theatre Department. She has worked with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater as a storyteller, singer, and dancer. Becky taught theater and directed high school theater productions for 10 years at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher NC. Becky sings and accompanies herself on guitar. Her primary music outlet is at church where she serves as the worship team leader. And yes - Becky is a storyteller and has told stories and taught workshops throughout Western North Carolina at schools, libraries, universities, festivals, and the Biltmore House. She applies her acting and storytelling skills as a Chautauquan, doing interactive presentations of Pauli Murray, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. She is working on Maya Angelou for 2017. Becky has done her Chautauqua presentations in South and North Carolina, Colorado and Ohio.

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Name:Sturm, Brian
Company Name:School of Information
Address:64 Cedar Hills Circle
City:Chapel Hill
State:NC
Zip:27514
Telephone:919-968-6115
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Email:sturm@ils.unc.edu
Website:ils.unc.edu/~sturm

Bio:Dr. Brian Sturm has been a professional folktale storyteller and storytelling scholar for over 15 years. His research focuses on immersion, the state of being completely engrossed in whatever you are doing, whether that’s reading, story listening, or playing video games. Dr. Sturm has dedicated his career to exploring the experience of immersion and the various influences that help us get immersed. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sturm was a natural history museum docent, gave planetarium shows, worked as a wildlife rehabilitator, and taught outdoor education to 5th graders in California.

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Name:Sundell, Jon
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City:Winston-Salem
State:NC
Zip:27106
Telephone:(336) 724-5907
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Email:perstormedu@gmail.com
Website:jonsundell.com

Bio:Through five decades as a professional storyteller and folksinger Jon Sundell has proven himself to be an outstanding interpreter of folk tradition. In nearly half of the United States, as well as several countries of Europe and Latin America, he has performed for people of all ages and backgrounds, in Spanish as well as English. His bilingual, multicultural repertoire runs the gamut from tall tales, legends and myths to animal tales, wonder tales, cante fables and wisdom tales. The stories are interwoven with songs accompanied on guitar, banjo, autoharp, and mountain dulcimer, creating a varied program that easily maintains the interest of any group. His warm, personal style and engaging use of singalongs quickly puts an audience at ease and draws them in to participate in a sense of shared adventure.

Jon communicates a deep respect for the cultures he represents, many of which he knows from first hand experience or in depth study. He has lived in France and traveled through Europe. He minored in Asian Studies and lived in Japan. He has traveled throughout Latin America and worked intensively with local Hispanic populations for twenty years. He has collected traditional tales and songs first hand from Appalachian tradition bearers. He cherishes his heritage as grandchild of Russian Jewish immigrants, and often illustrates the close relationship of their tales with ones told by their Muslim neighbors. All this background experience enriches Jon's performances and workshops and comes together to form a theme of multicultural understanding that Jon emphasizes with passion.

One more dimension to Jon Sundell's storytelling is his background in public and school libraries, where he spent 32 years. Drawing on those experiences he is able to gear programs to match the school curriculum and bring it to life. Where it is desired and appropriate, he can bring in books, history, native crafts and slides. All of these different factors come together in Jon's programs to create a "perfect storm" of edutainment for audiences of all ages and background.

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Name:Tate, Steve
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City:Climax
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(336) 540-4401
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Email:steve@goatladydairy.com
Website:www.goatladydairy.com

Bio:Born in 1950. Raised on Illinois corn farm. 20 year career as clergy person & Executive Director of ecumenical counseling center. Just retired after 21 years as farmer/cheesemaker and owner of GOAT LADY DAIRY near Greensboro, NC. I love listening to and telling stories!

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Name:Thompson, Lynn
Company Name:Southern Pines Public Library
Address:170 W. Connecticut Ave.
City:Southern Pines
State:NC
Zip:28387
Telephone:(910) 692-8235
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Email:thompson@suppl.net
Website:www.sppl.net/Library

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Name:Town, Vicky
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Address:340 Quarry Rd
City:Fancy Gap
State:VA
Zip:24328
Telephone:276-398-3466
Tollfree:
Email:vatown@aol.com
Website:www.vickytown.com

Bio:Vicky Town is an interactive storyteller, writer, and teaching artist who has been delighting audiences with her unique blend of physical comedy and love of language since 1988.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Kansas prairie to the city of Philadelphia, Vicky has shared stories that warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

Vicky’s programs are tailored to meet your needs. Her workshops for educators and students are hands-on, high energy, and literacy based. Educators learn to use storytelling as a cross curricular tool and catalyst for writing.

In addition to sharing stories for folks aged 2-105, Vicky also works with at-risk students and families and special needs populations.

Vicky’s recording (with Bill Wood) Spooky Tales Vol. 1 received a
Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award, 2013.

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Name:Triad Story Exchange
Company Name:contact: Neil Middlemiss
Address:
City:Kernersville
State:NC
Zip:27284
Telephone:(336) 499-4391
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Email:Beth.Sheffield@greensboro-nc.gov
Website:www.triadstoryexchange.org

Bio:Our mission is to promote live storytelling in order to increase sharing of personal and cultural stories in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. Since becoming a co-sponsored program of CityArts/Greensboro Parks and Recreation in 2010, we are expanding our activities from an annual festival to a wider range of local storytelling programs throughout the year.

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Name:Trueblood, Patricia
Company Name:Grandma Honey's Storytelling Hour
Address:
City:Salisbury
State:NC
Zip:28144
Telephone:(704) 267-9400
Tollfree:
Email:grandmahoney@carolina.rr.com
Website:www.grandmahoneystoryhour.org

Bio:As a professional storyteller at Grandma Honey Storytelling Hour, LLC , we take pride in offering the best stories in different styles, genres, and culturals. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day especially children.

I am a mother, wife, and former second grade school teacher. I have been telling stories for over twenty years. I just decided to go abroad to share my tales with others. I am a published author. My book is called "Grandma Honey Story Hour"

Education:
I graduated from: Rowan Cabarrus Community College, A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education,Shaw University, BA in Sociology, M.Ed. Education/Instructional design, American InterContinental University, and a ED.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

Profession:
I am the president of the Women and Men of Power Fellowship, president of the V.A. Community Watch in our neighborhood, a member of the Rowan Literacy Council, American Association of University Women (AAUW), National Association of Black Storytellers, National Network of Storytellers,CEO of Big Ma Ma's Community Outreach, motivational speaker and professional storyteller.

It all started at my daughter's kindergarten class, and took off from there. I have told stories in many schools, daycare centers and adult living centers throughout Salisbury and afar; the Jackie Torrence storytelling festival and for the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Telling stories is my way of giving back to my ancestors what they provided for me. I love helping children learn through storytelling. Children learn at different stages and so to me storytelling is the best way to get children to learn in a fun yet logical way.
"Have you had your story today?"

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Name:Valerie, Judith
Company Name:~JV~ Stories for Life
Address:
City:Raleigh
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:919-233-9777
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Email:jv@judithvalerieyoga.com
Website:www.JudithValerieYoga.com

Bio:Judith tells stories from the travels and challenges of her rich life. Growing up in England, visiting ashrams in India, or exploring the Sinai Desert, her tales are full of vivid details, mesmerizing movement, and told in her charming British-American accent.

Judith’s performances transport the listener to a world of mystery, tenderness, and surprises. A yoga teacher for thirty years, she shares her journey with great humour. You will laugh and cry, maybe at the same time!

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Name:Vogel, Henry
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City:Raleigh
State:NC
Zip:27614
Telephone:(919) 606-3694
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Email:henry.vogel@gmail.com
Website:www.henryvogelstoryteller.com

Bio:Former comic book writer Henry Vogel is a regionally renowned storyteller with a lively and energetic delivery. Henry tells original stories as well as traditional folk tales. He has a fondness for "noodlehead" stories, funny stories and stories with a twist. But when the sun goes down, Henry can just as easily call forth ghosts and ghouls from the flickering light of a campfire. Henry is available for any event where good stories are welcome.

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Name:Washington, Donna
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City:Durham
State:NC
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Telephone:(919) 471-3036
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Email:qbot5@aol.com

Bio:Donna Washington has been a professional storyteller for over twenty years. She uses an expressive face and vocal pyrotechnics to bring stories to life. She has been featured at national festivals around the country. Donna is also a published author. Her books include A Big spooky House, A Pride of African Tales, The Story of Kwanzaa, and her new one Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa. Donna’s seven CD’s have garnered over fifteen awards from Gold Parent’s Choice Awards to Children’s Music Web Awards.

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Name:Whitener, Frances
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City:Indianapolis
State:IN
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Telephone:(317) 251-5129
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Email:frances.whitener@att.net

Bio:I have told stories to adults and children for fifteen years. I was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and grew up in Martinsville,Va. I tell stories about my family, including my maternal grandparents who lived in Martinsville.

My father grew up in Pilot Mountain, NC, and my paternal grandparents lived there for their entire lives. I tell stories about Pilot Mountain, which was and still is similar to Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show, and some of the oddities of life there. For children I tell mostly folk and fairy tales.

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Name:Willis, Jessica
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Address:
City:Florence
State:SC
Zip:
Telephone:(864) 260-5431
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Email:jessthestoryteller@gmail.com
Website:suchastoryteller.wordpress.com/

Bio:Jessica grew up in the small town of Saluda surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Carolina Piedmont. Born into a family of natural orators her earliest memories are the voices of family telling tales. Encouraged by example she debuted her storytelling career in preschool with the Classic favorite The Little Red Hen, a smashing success. Jess has refined her craft over the years through study and practice and has been honored to tell at Stone Soup, Haygood Mill, and The Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas as a New Voice. She has also had the exciting opportunity to Emcee for both Stone Soup and The Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas. From Folk and Fractured Fairy Tales to True Life and Family Stories Jess can and will tell it all!
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Name:Wilson, Mary Lou
Company Name:
Address:PO Box 1056
City:Etowah
State:NC
Zip:28729
Telephone:(828) 243-7704
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Email:mlgwilson24@gmail.com

Bio:My professional teaching background is in preschool, where telling stories, acting out stories, and singing were a big part of the curriculum. Later I told stories to youth groups at my church. More recently I have told stories to my two grandchildren. I enjoy getting women groups together for drumming, singing, and telling stories. I tell for the joy of it.

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Name:Winkler, Deborah
Company Name:Head to Heart
Address:
City:Waxhaw
State:NC
Zip:
Telephone:(509) 460-9279
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Email:winklerdeborah@yahoo.com
Website:http://winklerdeborah.wix.com/storytelling

Bio:Storytelling flings wide the doors and windows to worlds within and without. It is a one to one experience for every person within earshot. Truth be told, Deborah relishes every opportunity to share stories as food for thought. Hear it is, stories of the real world such as biographies, histories and legends. Living in the northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest, Deborah has been sharing stories with listeners of all ages and in nearly every type of venue for 25 years. She believes there is a world of wonder in every tale!

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Name:Youmans, Kenny
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City:Highlands
State:NC
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Telephone:(828) 526-0770
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Email:youmansk3@earthlink.net
Website:http://kennyyoumans.com

Bio:I'm on YOU TUBE
I have 2 websites: kennyyoumans.com and amazinggracestory.com

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