April is Storytelling Month in Bethany!

The SNU (Southern Nazarene University Library) is hosting professional storytellers, Tim Tingle and Greg Rodgers, Choctaw Storytellers, on Thursday night, April 8, in the north side of the 1st floor. Let me know if you're interesting in helping to promote it. They'll be in chapel on Thursday morning and in SNU classes on Friday.

Tim Tingle's website http://www.choctawstoryteller.com/

Greg Rodgers' website http://gregrodgers.info/



Anyone remember that movie from a while back? "Home for the Holidays"? All about the fun of going home to feuding and fussin' relatives. Too true sometimes. I was on a listserve once where we had a 'feast of the imagination' and every teller added their particular favorites... I am fond of a pecan, cranberry, apple, and link sausage dressing......drool......I think I like the variety and the diversity of that dish. I don't get it often. Sometimes money has been scarce. Sometimes death has come to call over the holiday robbing me of appitite. Sometmes life as a jest selected the holiday as one to bring misfortune, depression, and pain. I remember the dressing though. Every bite a delight and an adventure. Every bite a shield against life by providing a memory of something sweet and good. Looking around this home of the mind, I see the fire crackling, children are playing, and some are setting up extra chairs while the others put finishing touches on this dish or that. Aromas fill the air and outside all is gold and crisp. All are together in peace and harmony allowing the soul a chance to settle. Over in the corner the little ones are gathered around on the floor as a storyteller gets comfortable.... "Once, a long time ago there was this big family in a little, tiny house. In this house they had a can of peas, a bag of beans, and one single loaf of bread. It would be all they had to eat for many days to come. Outside arose a noise and all rushed to the window. A wagon filled with travelers had broken down on the road. Soon they were pounding on the doors. "Can you feed us?" "We are so hungry...?" How do you think the story goes? What dish are you bringing? Remember the good times, forget the bad, enjoy your family and friends and live richly, passionately, and divinely in each and every moment.



Tellabration-A Celebration of Stories
Nov. 17, 2009, 6-7:30 p.m.
Choctaw Library
Light refreshments served. For more information, contact Rosemary Czarski.

Tellabration: Apache
Nov. 21. 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Community Center, Apache
Contact Sam McMichael for more information.

Tellabration: Bartlesville
Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 5th & Seneca
"A Harvest of Stories"--Refreshments served
For more information, contact Nancy Lenhart Matthews.

4th Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival
Mark your 2010 calendar! June 4 & 5, 2010
Enoch Kelly Haney Center, Seminole State College, Seminole
Check the Storytelling Festival link for details as they become available.



Territory Tellers of Oklahoma reminds: "Tellabration, an international storytelling event, is celebrated in many communities across the world. This year, local Tellabration events are coming up soon--this Saturday, the 14th, at Prague (5:30 at Vision Bank)and one at Locust Grove; the 17th in Choctaw; again some on the 21st in Bartlesville and Apache. For more information visit:




"Stories2Go", an Oklahoma touring story-theater group is putting the finishing touches on a tribute to some fine men told in 'Casting Strong Shadows.' The performers are all seasoned storytellers with lots of experience enchanting audiences. The artists include: Susie Beasley, Kathryn Thurman, Marilyn A. Hudson, Molly Lemmons, and Barbara Wright Jones.
All are members of The Territory Tellers of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Preformers and Presenters, and the Oklahoma Association of Storytellers. The debut performance kicks off in Prague, Oklahoma as part of a Tellabration (r) sponsored by The Territory Tellers on Nov. 14.



“Scary Tales and Twilight Tour” at the Overholser Mansion, OKC:

Thursday October 29th
7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Friday October 30th
7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

hear scary stories told by
Oklahoma storyteller Marilyn Hudson (aka The Oklahoma Ghost Teller) followed by a twilight tour of the mansion

as space is limited
Call 525-5325 to RSVP

$10.00 for Adults
$5.00 for children

Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Event may not be suitable for younger children



Spooky Stories: An OKC StorySLAM
Type: Music/Arts - Performance
Network: Global
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Istvan Gallery

The theme is “Spooky Stories." It’s Fall and Halloween is on the way. Do you have noises in the attic? A hook hand caught in your car door? Left your cat at the Pet Cemetery and it came back? Come tell your Spooky Story at the next OKC StorySlam. Storytellers will get extra points for dressing up this month.

A StorySlam is an open mic, competitive storytelling event. There is a theme for each evening’s event, and stories told must somehow relate to the evening’s theme. Participating StorySlammers arrive early to sign up and names are selected at random. StorySlammers will spin tales of 7 minutes or less. The performance should be told rather than read. Creativity is encouraged, truth is optional. Winners are selected by crowd response so bring all of your loud friends!

This event is FREE and anyone is welcome to participate or listen to the stories. However, story content is often geared toward an adult audience. The evening will continue until everyone has had a chance to tell a story and the winners have been selected. For more information, email at okcstoryslam@yahoo.com or visit www.myspace.com/okcstoryslam



The WayWord Tellers will be hosting a story swap at the Choctaw Library on Saturday, October 24 at 10 AM. Bring a short story or two, enjoy listening to other people's stories and have a good time. For more information contact Susie Beasley at the Choctaw OK Library -- phone 390-8418 and email at sbeasley@metrolibrary.org



Saturday, Oct. 2410 a.m.-5 p.m.Helmerich Library • 5131 E. 91st St. • 596-2466

Explore the life of a World War II soldier as created by re-enactors of the 45th Infantry Division and associated re-enactment units. See original military equipment,uniforms, period personal effects, vehicles and other memorabilia from the homefront, plus interact with re-enactors and see demonstrations. The event also features:
• WWII veteran guest speakers
• Photo display from the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Sponsored by the Friends of the Helmerich Library.Free and Open to the Public
• If you are hearing-impaired and need a qualifiedinterpreter, please call the library 48 hours in advance of the program.www.tulsalibrary.org


If you happen to be traveling, here are some events and groups to check out.
SAN ANTONIO STORYTELLERS ASSOCIATION & STORY SWAP1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pmBrookhollow Branch Library530 Heimer Rd, San Antonio, TXCall for information 210-271-0628
www.mgk@storiesandlegends.net STORIES GALORE Open mike storytelling with a monthly"stellar teller"2nd Sunday of most months (call or email first)5:00 pm Commanders House645 South Main, San Antonio, TXCall for information 210-673-4467Bob78227@yahoo.com DALLAS STORYTELLING GUILD 2nd Wednesday of the month 6:30 pmCenter for Community Cooperation2900 Live Oak, Dallas TXCall for information 972-772-0415lesliebuie@aol.com TARRANT AREA GUILD OF STORYTELLERS3RD Monday of the month 7:00 pmBarnes & Noble: Richland Centre8525 Airport Freeway (Hwy 183) North Richland Hills TXwww.tagstory.org NORTH 40 STORYTELLING GUILD3rd Monday of month 7:00 pmThe Young House at the Heritage Farmstead1900 West 15th St., Plano TXCall 972-423-3860 for informationE-mail: gthammel@tx.rr.com HOUSTON STORYTELLERS GUILD3rd Thursday of month 5:30 pmMontrose Library4100 Montrose, Houston TXFor information contact:281-775-9318www.houstonstorytellers.org
GRAND PRAIRIE STORYTELLERS AND LISTENERSLast Thursday of the month 7:00 pmWarnack Public Library760 Bardin Rd. Grand PrairieCall 972-263-3801 for information
WAYWORD TELLERSChoctaw OklahomaNext meeting October 24Contact:Rosemary Czarski or Susie Beasley 405-390-8418email
rczarski@metrolibrary.org or sbeasley@metrolibrary.org
TALL GRASS TELLERSBartlesville OKContact: Fran Stallings www.fran@franstallings.com MAYES COUNTY STORYTELLERSThe Readery 6603 S 438 RdLocust Grove OKContact: Shaun Perkins918-479-8285
TULSY TOWN TELLERSTulsa OKContact: Connie Fisher918-241-9859 NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVALThursday - Sunday October 2 - 4, 2009Jonesborough TN
HERITAGE DAY AT PLANO'S HERITAGE VILLAGEFeatured TellersNorth 40 Storytelling Guild TellersSaturday October 2, 2009Plano Heritage Village1900 W 15th St, Plano TXFor information:gwenteller@tx.rr.com LONE STAR STORYTELLING FESTIVALFeatured TellersDonald Davis, Motoko, David Holt, Bill LeppFriday - Saturday October 9 - 10, 2009Frisco TXwww.lonestarstories.com
BACK YARD GHOST TALES Featured TellersKeith Cooke, Dan Gibson, Bill RaleyAnn Marie Newman, Helen Garrison, Craig Vaughn,Keith Kibby, Kyle KibbyFriday October 30, 20091510 Hardman Mesquite TXContactJerry Young972-948-8791txtalerattler@yahoo.com DALLAS STORYTELLING GUILD'SANNUAL HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONFeatured Tellers DSG Story TellersFriday - Saturday October 30 - 31 2009Dallas Bath House Cultural Center521 East Lawther Dallas TXFor information:www.dallasstorytelling.org SCARE ON THE SQUARESaturday October 24, 2009Denton Courthouse SquareDenton TXFor information: www.tejasstorytelling.com
GEORGE WEST STORY FESTSaturday November 7, 2009Featured TellersBill Lepp, Sheila Kay Phillips,Dee Cee CornishGeorge West, TXFor information: wwwgeorgeweststoryfest.org TELLABRATIONSaturday November 21, 2009
(E-mail me your TELLERBATION events to be included here.)txtalerattler@yahoo.com

STORYTELLING INTERNET SITESwww.tejasstorytelling.com



5 storytellers had their stories taped at Choctaw Public Library Saturday, September 26. This project developed by Rosemary Czarski and Chester Weems was designed to help storytellers improve their skills by making a video so each teller could see what the audience sees. Each participant will receive a DVD of approximately 15 minutes of herself telling 2-3 stories. Pictured is Oklahoma storyteller, Susie Beasley. Future similar events are being planned so watch this space for news.



Long time storyteller, educator, photographer Chester Weems has been recognized for his photos by the Woodward Plains and Indians Museum. Chester has long been the 'unofficial' chronicler of the sights related to almost all the major storytelling figures in Oklahoma over the last decade. His collection of photos runs into the thousands. Congrats to Chester! Chester Weems is currently working 'collecting family stories and photographing storytellers.' Phone: 405-324-4061 Cell 405.831-1176.

Ghost Gals On The Go

Having a wonderful time are the members of the holiday troupe, GhostTales2Go, a sub-group of the storytheater troupe, STORIES2GO. Members are Barbara Jones, Marilyn A. Hudson, and Molly Lemmons. See related story below.

Oklahoma Welcomes New Addition to Its Story-scape

Visit Loralee Cooley at her webpage at




Southwestern Christian University is planning a course on storytelling. There is possibility of it being offered online and/or as a special short term course on campus. Details are still being ironed out. SCU is located in Bethany (Rockwell and NW 39th Expressway) and is a North Central accredited institution offering degrees in Business, English, Fine Arts, Religion, and Behavioral Science. They also offer a one night a week degree completion program for working adults and graduate degrees in ministry with additional master's level degrees in Business and Behavioral Science being planned.


Fall means storyelling with the global event called, Tellabration!(r) In Oklahoma, various events are being planned. Tellabration! occurs each November as a celebration of storytelling, usually to highlight the art form for an adult audience, althougth family events are often planned.
From the Territory Tellers website comes this info:

Nov. 17, 2009
Choctaw Library
For more information, contact Rosemary Czarski.

Tellabration--Mayes County Storytellers
Nov. 14, 2009
Ruby's Readery, Locust Grove
Stories under the stars with smores!

A Mid Autumn's Storyteller's Dream!
Nov. 15-17, 2009
Newcastle-OKC (Home of Peggy Farris) Elizabeth Ellis will provide private coaching for a group of six participants.
Fee is $210 and includes lodging and meals.
For more information, contact Peggy Farris, 405-387-3488.

Tellabration: Night of Storytelling
Nov. 19, 2009, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Old Angus Barn, 11 miles south of Seminole, OK
HWY 99 EW 134 (Go west about 1 1/4 miles)
Refreshments provided!
Contact Phillip Harjo or Jeanette Harjo for more information.
405-398-430 or 405-380-3633


The County Line Resturaunt and Ghouli unite to provide some evenings of special fun. Dinner and unique conversation to select groups.

Storyteller Marilyn A. Hudson will be one of the guests :"Storyteller, educator, and author. I tell a broad variety of tales: childrens, ghosts, folklore, women's, and historical. I do workshops on beginning storytelling and on using storytelling to help preserve local history." She also manages a blog called the "Paranormal Librarian" - it features news, reviews, events, oddities, etc. related to the broad range of things paranormal. Marilyn appeared at the 2009 OK Paranormal Conference and will be sharing some of the best ghost stories she has come across in the OKC area."

To make reservations contact



Oklahoma's own Fran Stallings and Barbara McBride Smith have entries in the online search engine, Wikipedia. See it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_Stallings

The directory of "American Storytellers" is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_storytellers


"Oklahoma Ghost Teller"

Now booking for weekend events at libraries in Central Oklahoma....
Marilyn A. Hudson, author and storyteller, shares 'legends, folklore, literary, and original tales that go bump in the night.' For booking, fees, etc.

[Storytellers, want your ad here - contact marilynahudson@yahoo.com to learn how to get a FREE listing here]



Video Your Storytelling
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: Choctaw Library (MLS)


Storytellers are invited to come to a story swap with a twist. Come and share your funny stories, sad stories, healing stories, short stories, animal stories and people stories, and get your performance videotaped. Chester Weems, retired educator and amateur storyteller from Yukon who enjoys photography, will videotape performers as they share stories with the audience. This video will be transferred to a high quality DVD (Not HD) for each performer and will be mailed to the performer approximately one week after the program.

This tool will help the performer hone his/her skills or use the end product in marketing the performer.

Performers are encouraged to be part of the audience for other storytellers during this event. Copyright issues will be the sole responsibility of the performer.

Performers will be asked to limit their performance to 12-15 minutes to give fellow storytellers the opportunity to participate. Performers should prepare a brief (15-20 second) bio-introduction to lead into the taping. Priority will be given to storytellers who wish to be videotaped.

There will be a $5.00 mailing and materials resource fee.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. Call the Choctaw Library at 390-8418.

Beverages, fruit and pastries will be served. The WayWord Tellers are an Oklahoma City area storytelling group dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the art and tradition of storytelling.

Co-Sponsor: Metropolitian Library System, Choctaw Library, WayWord Tellers and Territory Tellers



Rediscover the fun of family, friends and neighbors gathering over the Halloween season and host a BACKYARD GHOSTTALES event!

Gather around a fire-pit, make 'smores, roast hot dogs, and swap stories (age appropriate for any children attending). Give prizes to the youngster who tells the best story! (Image copyright Cullan Hudson of Fresh Eire Design-Used by permission.)



The good folks in Abilene TX invite you to the first
ever festival in the real west Texas. Sponsored by the
Abilene Tourist Bureau and the Tejas Storytelling
Association, the Festival brings Storytellers Dan
Keating, Eledrena Dumas, James Ford, and Tim Tingle on stage
in Abilene's historic Paramount Theatre. For more
details go to www.tejasstorytelling.com
See you in Abilene!!!

Ticket Pricing
No refunds after Sept. 4

Before Sept.4
After Sept.4

Weekend Pass

One-Day Pass-Fri. or Sat.
Registration Options (price is per ticket)

Individual Workshops

Individual Concerts

Individual Workshop or Concert
(Seniors, Students, Military)

Group Rate for Sat. Matinee for seniors
(Group of 10 or more)

West Texas Liars Contest

Liars Contest entry fee

Merry Tales for Tiny Tots

Jerry Young
A Texas Talerattler


GhostTales2Go Provide "Treat"

"GhostTales2Go", aka Molly Lemmons, Barbara Jones and Marilyn A. Hudson, will be "scaring" up some good stories this October. In delightfully humorous, historically spooky, and tantalizing mysterious the trio will provide the "treat" this Halloween season.

Molly Lemmons, well-known for her delightful costumed storytelling is an author and workshop leader as well. Molly Lemmons has been listening to her family's stories all of her life, and has picked up the family tradition by continuing them. It is only recently that she began to tell them professionally.
Barbara Jones is an educator, author, missionary, and storyteller who has woven all together to introduce children and adults to various Spanish speaking cultures though delightful stories. A popular storyteller she travels the state sharing stories for young and old.
Marilyn A. Hudson, Norman, also known as the "Oklahoma Ghostteller", is well known for her stories combining Oklahoma history and the mysterious. She was a featured teller at the 2009 ParaCon Conference in El Reno, and has told around the state for various events, libraries, and schools.

GhostTales2Go. This is a special holiday troupe who are all members of a larger traveling troupe called STORIES2GO http://stories2gotroupe.blogspot.com/. They are members of The Territory Tellers, the Oklahoma Association of Storytellers, and the Oklahoma Performers and Presenters.


OKC Storytelling Festival

Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, September 11-12, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, formerly known as the WinterTales Storytelling Festival, has a new name and new season, but will continue the 28-year tradition of entertaining adult audiences with imaginative stories and performances.

Now held in the fall, the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will take place Sept.11 and 12 at Stage Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

After much planning, volunteer co-chairs Phil Carlton and Kym Koch Thompson promise a weekend full of entertaining stories from world-famous tellers Kevin Kling, Susan Klein, Motoko and Minton Sparks.

“Everyone should go for the simple fact that a single person on a bare stage can hold an audience spellbound for hours without any visual aids – just their voice painting a vivid, compelling picture in your imagination,” said Koch Thompson, who has been volunteering for the storytelling event for five years.

“Storytelling is an art form that easily creates connections and communities of people by offering life lessons or shared experiences. No matter whether the story covers common or uncommon ground, the listener can always relate to it because the art is in the telling,” she said.

With four renowned tellers of different backgrounds, adult audiences are sure to relate to their colorful, humorous and inspirational stories.

Featured storyteller, Kevin Kling, is a well-known playwright and storyteller from Minneapolis, Minn. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and his storytelling stage shows, like “Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log,” delivers hilarious, often tender stories. His artistry has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others.

Born, raised, and still residing on Martha’s Vineyard Island, Mass., Susan Klein is an award-winning spoken-word artist. She is a much sought-after editor and story coach for the stage and page, and leads workshops in America and Europe through her business, Story Wisdom, and is the owner of Ruby Window Productions. During her touring career she has appeared in more than 120 storytelling festivals. Susan is a winner of numerous awards for her audio work as well as the coveted Circle of Excellence Award.

Motoko Dworkin, a native of Osaka, Japan, first came to the United States as an exchange student to University of Massachusetts. Her partner Eshu Bumpus introduced her to the world of American storytelling. Motoko has performed professionally since 1993, going to hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals. Motoko has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and an educational video by Harcourt. Her debut CD, “The Promise of Chrysanthemums,” won a 2002 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2003 Storytelling World Award.

Spoken-word artist, Minton Sparks, is in a category all her own – fusing poetry and her gift for storytelling into a series of one woman performances punctuated with world class music. Minton Sparks travels extensively, performing at various universities, clubs, conferences, and music and poetry festivals nationwide. Grammy-nominated Sparks was featured nationally on the NPR’s “All Things Considered” and internationally on the BBC’s “Bob Harris Show,” along with the syndicated Woodsongs’ “Old Time Radio Hour.”

Festival Performance Schedule
There are two evening performances that feature all four tellers and cover humorous and inspirational themes. These performances are intended for adults. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.artscouncilokc.com, at the event or by calling 405-270-4848.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 – “Humorous Stories” with Minton Sparks, Motoko, Susan Klein and Kevin Kling

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 – “Inspirational Stories” with Minton Sparks, Motoko, Susan Klein and Kevin Kling

“Art of Storytelling” workshops are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Stage Center. The featured tellers will teach adults to incorporate storytelling into their business, daily life and home, school, church and other situations. Workshop registration can be completed online at www.artscouncilokc.com. A weekend pass that includes two days of workshops is $50 if purchased before Tuesday, Sept. 8 or $65 after Tuesday, Sept. 8. Individual workshops are $20. A one-day pass is $35.

The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, presented by Devon Energy, with additional support from Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For performance or workshop information and complete schedules, visit www.artscouncilokc.com or call 405-270-4848.


Friday, Sept. 11

Art of Storytelling Workshops
9:00 - 10 a.m. – Registration
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. – Workshop: “Healing Through Stories Part 1” by Kevin Kling
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Lunch: Open Mic Storytelling*
12:30 - 2 p.m. – Workshop: “Healing Through Stories Part 2” by Kevin Kling
2:30 - 4 p.m. – Workshop: “From Here to There: Mining Our Personal Stories” by Minton Sparks

Evening Performances
7 - 7:45 p.m. – Opening Reception
8 p.m. – “Humorous Stories” with introductions by Minton Sparks
Session 1: Motoko and Susan Klein
Session 2: Kevin Kling
10:30 p.m. – “Late Night Ghost Stories” in the Cabaret

Saturday, Sept. 12

Art of Storytelling Workshops
9:00 - 10 a.m. – Registration
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. – Workshop: “Finding Your Own Voice” by Kevin Kling, Susan Klein and Motoko
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. – Lunch: “Oklahoma Olio” by Territory Tellers*
12:30 - 2 p.m. – Workshop: “Crafting Myth, Folk and Fairytale” by Susan Klein
12:30 - 2 p.m. – Workshop: “Mime and Movement for Storytellers” by Motoko

Evening Performances
8 p.m. – “Inspirational Stories” with introductions by Minton Sparks
Session 1: Motoko and Kevin Kling
Session 2: Susan Klein
10:30 p.m. – Closing Reception

Unless noted, all performances and workshops are held in Stage Center (400 West Sheridan)

*Free event, lunch not included



Let me tell you about....
Come one come all to the Choctaw Library for the June session of storyswaps on June 27 at 10:00 AM. Bring a story or a good set of ears to share in the fun. The library is located at 2525 Muzzy Street. For more information, Contact Susie Beasley or Rosemary Czarski at 390-8418 or email waywordtellers@yahoo.com.



Wear your support for your creative side (or your support of creative Oklahoma)

http://www.cafepress.com/OKTellers Join the OK TELLERS: Oklahoma Association of Storytellers! oktellers@gmail.com

http://www.cafepress.com/OKPP / Join the Ning site at www.oklapp.ning.com


Finally, cool shirts advertize your creative side!!!! Anyone can buy and wear these! Promote creative Oklahoma!!!!



Join the Ning! www.oklapp.ning.com



This year, the new OKC STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will be held Sept. 11 to 12 and will include multiple tellers and performers, and workshops.

the new festival will start on a great note with world-famous tellers Kevin Kling, Susan Klein, Motoko, and a musical storytelling element with Minton Sparks.


New Storytelling Group Forming in Central OK

As Oklahoma sets sail into a new millennium, a new group is forming to launch storytelling in the state into new and wider waters. OK TELLERS will be a loose association of artists who share tales through a variety of mediums and venues. Classic children's stories, urban tales, paranormal tales, historic tour guides, student storytellers, writer-tellers, puppeteers, and so much more!!
Plans are underway to establish a series of training events to launch people into storytelling! These will be available for scheduling in libraries, youth programs, and other venues for a reasonable program or per participant cost.
If interested, contact oktellers@gmail.com or log on to the Oklahoma Presenters and Performers ning committee http://www.oklapp.ning.com/ and join the OK Tellers group! A website has been set up to help promote the association as well : http://sites.google.com/site/oktellers/
Also, another group is being explored called STORIED TELLERS. If interested in either of these groups please contact the above email.



For more information and to pre-register visit http://www.territorytellers.org/

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 , Seminole State College, Seminole, OK
8:00-9:00Vendor Set-Up
9:00-6:45Vendors Open
8:30Registration begins
9:30-11:30Storytelling WorkshopDan Keding: The Ghost Story: Boo!!Host: Darla L'Allier
11:30-12:30Lunch Break
12:30-2:30Storytelling WorkshopDovie Thomason: Exploring the Landscape of Stories: Your Voice & Your VisionHost: Greg Rodgers
1:00-2:00Story SessionHead 'Em Up: Move 'Em OutHost: Nancy Lenhart MatthewsMolly Lemmons, Jerry Young, Connie Fisher, Sky Shivers
2:45-4:45Storytelling WorkshopElizabeth Ellis: Ta(l)king it PersonallyHost: Jeanette Harjo
2:45-3:45Story SessionFolktales, Fairy Tales, ForeverHost: Barbara JonesKathryn Thurman, Tony Hardman, Liz Parker, Rosemary Czarski
3:50-4:50Story SwapFacilitator/Storyteller: Stella Long
7:00-9:00Evening Story ConcertEmcee: Kathryn ThurmanDan Keding, Dovie Thomason, Sky Shivers
9:30-MidnightGhost Tales (Mekusukey Mission)Emcee: Marilyn A. HudsonDovie Thomason, Dan Keding, Elizabeth Ellis

8:00 Registration
8:00-1:00 & 4:45-6:45Vendors Open
8:30-10:30Storytelling WorkshopSky Shivers: The Brindle CowHost: Kay Plummer
8:45-9:45Story SwapFacilitator/Storyteller: Fran Stallings
10:00-11:00Story SessionStone SoupHost: Tim CouchBonnie Smith, Chester Weems, Rodger Harris, Elizabeth Ellis
11:10-12:10Storytelling WorkshopDarla L'Allier: A is for Aesop, PASS the NarrativeHost: Bonnie Smith
11:15-12:15Story SessionJust for the Sport of ItHost: Luann WatersSteve Kardaleff, Mystery Teller, Sam McMichael, Dan Keding
12:15-1:45Lunch Break
12:45-1:45Territory Tellers General Membership Meeting
1:45-3:15Native American ConcertEmcee: Greg RodgersLorie Robins, Phillip Harjo, Lynn Moroney, Dovie Thomason
1:45-2:45Story SwapFacilitator/Storyteller: Connie Fisher
3:30-4:45Spirit of Oklahoma ConcertEmcee: Elizabeth EllisKyle Dahlem, Greg Rodgers, DWe Williams
7:00-9:00Evening Story ConcertEmcee: Kathryn ThurmanSky Shivers, Dovie Thomason, Dan Keding
9:00Reception: Starry Story Night



Let me tell you about.... The WayWord Telllers and Choctaw Library send a note to say the last story swap for the spring will be at the Choctaw Library, Saturday April 25 (Gee that is tomorrow already) at 10:00 AM. "Come and share a story or two."


Would Your Company Like to be a Sponsor for the Spirit of OK Storytelling Festival?

There is still time to contribute support to this statewide event. Visit the Territory Tellers webpage and contact the President.



The long awaited volume 3 of the "Red Dirt Anthology" from the Red Dirt Book Festival has arrived. This popular - every two year event- features an emphasis on "read-write-talk" as notable authors and emerging voices gather to celebrate the literary landscape of Oklahoma. As the introductory comments of Bill Hagen states: "...the authors represented here are the best testimony to the Oklahoma character, however you define it."
Featured in this third volume are: Dayna Dunbar, Paul Alfred, John T. Biggs, Jim Chastain, Jim Spurr, Julie Murray, Marilyn A. Hudson, Mildred Dennis, Yvonne Carpenter, Jan Hubbard, Hannibal B. Johnson, Davis D. Joyce, Anna Claire Kuchta, Stephen Z. Biller, Ken Hada, Beverly Rorem, Robert Love Taylor, Carolyn Ahern, Yvonne Carpenter, Ken Hada, Sarah Sanders, Rayshell Palmer, Pat Browning, Marion Jablonski, Daniel Charlson, Kathryn Thurman, Dorothy Alexander, Shirley Hoover Biggers, Barbara Wright Jones, Kenneth Shelly Armstrong, Peggie Fielding, Bonnie C. Smith, and Jackie King.
Copies are available from any Pioneer Library System branch. For more information about Red Dirt 4 visit the website www.reddirtbookfestival.org and mark your calendars for Nov. 5-7, 2009 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.


NE Storytellers to meet April 20

Let me tell you about....TgT (the Tallgrass Tellers). They will be meeting Monday, 4/20 at 7pm at Bartlesville library, room B. Everyone is welcome!



OKC StorySlam and the Istvan Gallery Present:"Good Intentions" on Friday, April 17, 2009. Registration: 7:00 p.m.Storytelling begins: 7:30 p.m.
The theme is "Good Intentions." The "Road" is paved with Good Intentions.
Have you ever set out to be the good Samaritan and ended up with a lawsuit? Have you found yourself attempting to solve a problem and actually end up making it bigger? If so, come share your story of Good Intentions at Oklahoma City's premiere storytelling event, the OKC StorySlam.
A StorySlam is an open mike, competitive storytelling event. There is a theme for each evening's event, and stories told must somehow relate to the evening's theme. Participating StorySlammers arrive early to sign up and names are selected at random. StorySlammers will spin tales of 7 minutes or less.
The performance should be told rather than read. Creativity is encouraged, truth is optional.Winners are selected by crowd response so bring all of your loud friends!
This open mike event is FREE and anyone is welcome to participate or listen to the stories. However, story content is often geared toward an adult audience. The evening will continue until everyone has had a chance to tell a story and the winners have been selected.
For more information, contact Stephen Kovash at 405 831-2874, email at okcstoryslam@yahoo.com , www.myspace.com/okcstoryslam or check out OKC StorySlam on Facebook



For more information contact Susie Beasley or Rosemary Czarski at 390-8418. The library is located at 2525 Muzzy Street just 1 block north of NE 23 Street which is OK 62. Sponsored by WayWord Tellers, a Oklahoma City areawide storytelling organization, and the Choctaw Library.


Story Circle Saturday at Choctaw Library -CANCELED

For those who are not going down to Denton Texas for their storytelling festival, you might want to drop by the Choctaw Library in Choctaw, Oklahoma for an hour of sharing tales informally on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (or a little longer).
For more information contact Susie Beasley or Rosemary Czarski at 390-8418. The library is located at 2525 Muzzy Street just 1 block north of NE 23 Street which is OK 62. Sponsored by WayWord Tellers, a Oklahoma City areawide storytelling organization, and the Choctaw Library.


The theme for this event was celebrating the ghost story. Among the noted speakers for the 3rd Annual Paracon Conference were well-known Oklahoma celebrity, "Count Gregore", "Dr. Fear", TV's "Haunting Evidence" star Patrick Burns and noted author-publisher, Troy Taylor. Adding to the event was well-known Oklahoma storyteller, Marilyn A. Hudson aka "The Oklahoma Ghost Teller" sharing some true tales of the spooky variety to a packed house at the historic Elks Lodge.



There are two major storytelling festivals planned this year.
June 5-6, the 3rd Annual Oklahoma Storytelling Festival. "The Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival" will be held on the lovely campus of Seminole State College. Go to the webpage of the Territory Tellers (www.territorytellers.org) and contact the President via email to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Sept. 11-12, the first newly recast, Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, will be held in a location yet to be announced. The OKC Arts Council has a volunteer form on their website at http://www.artscouncilokc.com/volunteer-form
In November, at locations around the state, "Tellabration!" an evening of storytelling will be celebrated as well. These events are usually sponsored by the state storytelling organization or one of their guilds, partners, or story groups.
Support the storytelling arts in Oklahoma!



Wintertales has now entered the history books, but a new festival is set to replace it and add delightful stories in the early fall. The new festival, The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, will be held Sept. 11 to 12 (place to be announced) and will include multiple tellers and performers, workshops and family matinees. Mark your calendars for this event. The OKC Arts Council is in charge.
Interested in volunteering?? Volunteer form is located at http://www.artscouncilokc.com/volunteer-form


Tombstone Tales - September 24-26, 2009
Historic re-enactors portray individuals interred at the Fort Reno Post cemetery between 1874 and 1948. Chuck wagon dinner followed by guided walks through authentic 19th century encampments. Phone: 405-262-3987 Website: www.fortreno.org

Ghosts of Fort Reno Tours - 3rd Saturday, March-October, 2009
By lantern light, hear stories of restless spirits of the old post, along with some of the unsolved mysteries and murders that occurred here. Phone: 405-262-3987 Website:




Storytelling will be featured at two events Sat. March 21, 2009 in El Reno. At Paracon 2009, a state conference, ghost tales will be the theme . Still time to get your reservations for this event.

At the Historic Fort El Reno, Ghost Stories will be the focus of the Saturday night 7:30 tour (by reservation ).

Read the El Reno Tribune story about Paracon.



Courses for formal college credit are now available , or being added, at several institutions in Oklahoma. All institutions are accredited and financial aid may be available for qualified students.

"Storytelling and the Bible" is a class offered at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. Barbara McBride-Smith is a well known teller and promoter of storytelling on this campus. This course looks at the use of the Bible in narrative preaching, teaching, and communiation.

"Christian Storytelling" is a new course being added to the curriculum at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Storyteller and educator Marilyn A. Hudson is spearheading this course. The course will introduce basic skills, introduce ways of using storytelling in a variety of settings, and provide stage performance experience through public performance(s).

"Storytelling in the Land of Enchantment" is being offered by OU as a summer course with Tim Tingle, well-known storyteller, as the instructor. The course will explore storytelling in Native Amerian culture and related topics.


SHE'S A WINNER! Oklahoma Teller Wins Award

The Territory Tellers of Oklahoma and the Texas Storytelling Association announce that TSA will be presenting Fran Stallings, internationally known Oklahoma storyteller, the John Henry Faulk award!

Head south, cross the river, and join the fun. Be there in Denton on Saturday night the 28th of March. Mark your calendars. For additional festival information check their web site at http://www.tejasstorytelling.com/. Time and exact location will be provided. The festival runs March 26- 29 and is held on the campus of Texas Woman's University. If you've never attended, this is the year to do so. Hope to see you there.


OK Paracon Features Stories

Tonya Hacker, Tammy Wilson, or Amanda Wagaman
(580) 402-6732
www.ghouli.org or www.eerieok.com

Oklahoma ParaCon 2009 Hosted by the “Ghost Divas” and the El Reno Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is set for Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Historical & Haunted Elk’s Lodge No. 743.

El Reno, OK – The 4th annual Oklahoma Paranormal Conference will be held at the historic Elks Lodge in El Reno, Oklahoma on March 21, 2009. This year’s event will feature many speakers from across the nation and Oklahoma.

2009 speakers include nationally recognized ghostologists such as Oklahoma favorites Troy Taylor, author, and TruTV’s “Haunting Evidence” star Patrick Burns who will headline the conference. Other speakers are Oklahoma’s very own skeptic, Dr. Bryan Farha, Paranormal Deep Sea Diver Lee Ehrlich of Florida, Georgia Ghost Society founder Bob Hunnicutt, Oklahoma story-teller Marilyn Hudson, Oklahoma’s only TV horror host Brian “Dr. Fear” Young, and Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa and Tulsa’s Spirit Tour coordinators Teri French and Russ White. The event is being emceed by internationally known Brian and Anna Marie of Ghostology! - internet radio powered by CBS.

This year’s theme is “It was a dark and stormy night…Celebrating the ghost story!” Ghost stories have intrigued everyone for centuries, so we invite everyone to explore, share and understand the power of the ghost story. From the psychology behind why we like to be afraid to the ghostly tales of yesterday and today, it will all be discovered in a fun and educational setting.

Ghostlahoma, the only book solely dedicated to Oklahoma ghost stories will be released at the Oklahoma ParaCon. Written by para-historians Tonya Hacker and Tammy Wilson, Ghostlahoma will chill your bones and warm your heart with over 40 true tales of hauntings from the Sooner State. From the first published ghost story in Oklahoma to present day phantom hitchhikers, this book will take you through over 100 years of Oklahoma’s haunted history.

The El Reno Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be hosting historically themed Upper Floor Tours and dinner events later in the evening in downtown El Reno. There will also be trolley tours that are fundraisers for the Preserve El Reno Program. Dinner will be available for purchase at the main event at the Elk’s Lodge.

Oklahoma ParaCon 2009 will be held at the Historically Haunted Elks Lodge in El Reno, OK on March 21, 2009 beginning at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25 each for the event if purchased in advance, and $30 at the door. Tours and dinners will be an additional cost. This event is approved for teenagers to seniors, no matter how old, or how skeptical. OK ParaCon is becoming a part of Oklahoma’s history, one story at a time.

GHOULI, Eerie Oklahoma, and the Ghost Divas strive to preserve and promote Oklahoma’s history through research and to present it in educational and fun venues. ###END



Encouraged by the community members who joined in telling stories at Tellabration, the Choctaw Library and The WayWord Tellers will be starting a spring session of story swapping.
Check your calendars and see if you would be able to come and share some stories.Story Telling and Story Swapping:
Saturdays, Feb 28, Mar 28 & Apr 25 at 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
Teens and adults are invited to the Choctaw Library to join Rosemary Czarski and members of the WayWord Tellers for storytelling & storyswapping.
Come & share your funny stories, sad stories, healing stories, animal and people stories. Pre-registration preferred: 405-390-8418Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy
Sponsored by WayWord Tellers, a Oklahoma City areawide storytelling organization, And Choctaw Library


Border Qeen Book Festival, March 7

"I would like to give an invitation to attend the second Border Queen Book Festival in Comanche, OK. on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We have 50 authors from 6 different states attending. There is no cost, it is a free event where you may visit with an author, publisher, or illustrator of both children's and adult books of every genre. This is a growing event giving teachers an opportunity for Personal Development Certification Points if your schools allow such. We will be at the Asbury Complex, 410 S. 2nd Street, a beautiful facility to accommodate a large crowd. Lunch can be purchased on the site for $6. Our event is an all-volunteer effort that supports Literacy Awareness in our corner of the pasture in Oklahoma. Come take advantage of this educational experience. Tonya Holmes Shook, Director/Coordinator of the Border Queen Book Festival "

MEDIA RELEASE Border Queen Book Festival 2009 Oklahoma’s second Border Queen Book Festival (BQBF) will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 10 - 3 PM in the new Asbury Complex at 410 South 2nd Street in Comanche, OK. The City of Comanche expects statewide attendance with added attractions scheduled for 2009, a Chautauqua being one of them on Friday evening, March 6th. We are expecting 50 authors, publishers and illustrators to be in attendance for BQBF 2009. Food will be available again at the Asbury Complex at noon. Free admission offers opportunity to meet authors and purchase autographed books. To kick off the 2009 festival a Chautauqua type program free of charge to the public on Friday night will co-feature Dr. Steve Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and his wife, Sally, State Representative of House District 84, at the Asbury Complex from 6:30 – 7:45 PM. Dr. Kern will express his views on the Evolution vs. Creation debate and Sally will speak on Freedom of Expression and Teaching the Controversy in Public Schools, a bill she has authored. Kern’s book, “No Other Gods - The Biblical Creation Worldview,” written from a compilation of lectures given over a twenty year period, supports his program position and will be for sale that evening as well as at the book festival the next day. Information from science, archeology, history, and scripture are presented as evidence for faith based in Creation. Added attractions for the second BQBF include a local essay contest for middle school children sponsored by Southern Oklahoma Arts Council with recognition and prize money to be given to winners; an entertaining and award winning percussion band performance is slated; the highly acclaimed guest speakers will be on Friday night before the book festival Saturday. After the Friday night program Comanche’s own Cowboy Opry on Rodeo Drive will offer live entertainment for a donation fee at 8 p.m. Fat Boys Pizza and Comanche Arts and Antiques across the street will remain open late for business for Comanche’s guests. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, eight miles north of Comanche in Duncan, #580-252-1500. A new Hampton Inn has just been opened and you might like to check this out as well and the newly renovated Comanche Motel, 580-439-8898. Any questions can be directed to Tonya Holmes Shook at shookum@pldi.net . Border Queen Book Festival

Tonya Shook notes, "This is my daughter who will be at the Border Queen Book Festival in Comanche, OK March 6-7 as Periwinkle VonSkittlebaum, a real live fairy godmother. She wants to go to the schools again and interact with the children by telling them a story about Odd-Leigh, a little fairy with flaming red hair who was ostracized for being different. The story celebrates differences and tells the children it is all right to be different and that people matter no matter what wrapping they are in. All this is volunteer effort done for the sake of literacy awareness in our corner of the pasture in Oklahoma." Tonya Holmes Shook, Director/Coordinator


Make Your Plans Now to attend the 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival

The first Friday and Saturday of June, Seminole State College campus is the place to be for all story lovers and art supporters. Hear regional, national, and internationally known storytelling talent. Listen as local tellers share tales and put your name in the hat for a spot in the "story Swaps'. Educators, come early and gain continuing education credits in special intensive sessions. For details as to registration, costs, and other particulars visit http://www.territorytellers.org/ or email territorytellers@hotmail.com


The Board of Directors of the state storytelling organization , The Territory Tellers, met recently to make further plans the upcoming 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival in Seminole, Oklahoma. The group of some dozen storytelling experts and arts supporters met on the campus of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany. Their next meeting will be at Seminole State College in Seminole in March. The group meets four times a year in various locations around the state to promote storytelling through events, promoting the formation of story guilds, and in providing training workshops via its talented members. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization, or in contacting storytellers, can visit http://www.territorytellers.org/ or email territorytellers@hotmail.com



The Oklahoma City Arts Council has announced that "Winter Tales" 2009 will be the finale for this concert and learning event begun in the 1980's. It will transition to a fall event and be renamed the OKLAHOMA CITY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

"After this final performance, WinterTales will be renamed the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival and moved permanently to the fall. This year, the new festival will be held Sept. 11 to 12 and will include multiple tellers and performers, workshops and family matinees. "

That means Oklahoma will be home to TWO storytelling festivals in the summer and fall and the annual TELLABRATION events in Novemeber!

In June mark the first Friday and Saturday for the "SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL" in Seminole on the campus of Seminole State College. This event sponsored by the state story organization, The Territory Tellers, will continue to bring in nationally and internationally acclaimed tellers but also showcase the grand names and rising stars from among Oklahoma storytelling talent.

In September, mark the dates for the new OKLAHOMA CITY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL on Sept. 11, 12. The OKC Arts Council group will continue its tradition of bringing in out of state artists to entertain and provide educational opportunities.

Then look for annoucements for celebrations of story via the TELLABRATION events where Oklahomans join tellers and audiences world wide in a mega evening of storytelling!


Duncan Story Fest

Let me tell you about....Sat. night Feb. 6th at 6:30 PM. in the Duncan Senior Citizen's Center , located at 110 N 7^th Street, there will be a celebration of story and song. Duncan’s First Annual Storyfest will feature storytellers Ann Brown, Head Librarian at the Duncan Public Library, Sam McMichael, a well-known regional teller from Apache, OK., and another teller. Music will be presented by a children’s choir from a local school. Steve Kardalef, a nationally known promoter of storytelling, will be the master of ceremonies. For an old-fashioned evening of family entertainment don't miss Duncan’s First Annual Storyfest. Admission is free, refreshments will be served at intermission, and donations will be accepted.