I grew up in a small city on the Erie Canal. For most of my life I worked in libraries, except for two summers when I cooked at a children’s camp. My personal life mission is to connect people with sources of information and wisdom, and to have fun doing it. I practice and celebrate oral storytelling as an effective, ancient, and inspiring way to foster those connections.
While employed as a library administrator, I took a course in Storytelling at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and that’s when I fell in love with the art of storytelling. Bells ringing, angels singing, lights flashing Love! Everything about storytelling delights me–from reading widely in folklore and other sources to discover new (to me) tales, to crafting an original story or re-shaping a traditional one in my own words, to performing for audiences of all ages.
I began my storytelling career in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where I performed several times at the GSLIS Storytelling Festival, as well as numerous showcases and benefit shows put on by the Champaign-Urbana Storytelling Guild. I organized and emceed story concerts for the local celebration of World Storytelling Day in 2014 and 2015. I appeared in many venues, including the Celtic Knot Public House in Evanston, IL, and the open mic at Dominican College, Forest Park, IL, hosted by Illinois Storytelling, Inc. I was invited to tell at the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, as well as the public library-sponsored Read Across America event. I also shared many stories during Sunday services and inter-generational coffeehouses at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana.
After moving to Minneapolis in late 2015, I expanded my repertoire to include personal and family stories as well as traditional tales from around the world. I’ve competed at Story Slam MN! at Kieran’s Irish Pub and won first prize in November 2016. I’ve also performed at PJ Stories, a monthly evening story hour for children at the Underground Music Café in Falcon Heights, and Story Club Minneapolis, a monthly open mic at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. I was recently chosen as a showcase teller at the Northlands Storytelling Network’s Confabulation in April 2017.