Monday, March 2, 2015
Issue # 149

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

Pam Faro and Mark Goldman to hold Denver House Concert & Workshop
















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Storytelling Language: In Search of Your Words

WORKSHOP - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mark Goldman has designed a new workshop to help you find compelling language that fits you, your style and your story!
Your Spontaneity and Creativity
CAN BE ENHANCED with these techniques!
You will be taken step-by-step through different exercises that will help you find creative imagery that jumps from “your” mind to the mind of the “listener”. Language and imagery that makes your story more memorable and lasting for the audience.
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Private Residence near Cactus & 32nd Street - Phoenix
Fee: $27
- - -   BONUS   - - - 

Save $5 - Get Mark's Book - (A $17 value)

Storytelling Tips: Crating, Crafting and Telling Stories
    Workshop & Book: $39

More info

Parkhurst Brothers 2015 Catalog is Here!

My favorite publisher (yes, MY publisher too) is Ted Parkhurst of Parkhurst Brothers Publishing. They are one of the two most prolific "storytelling" publishers in the country (and Ted used to own the other one too!).

The 2015 Catalog is out, with Master Teller Jim May on the cover. There are many books listed in the catalog by some of the most famous tellers you know: 

Jim May; Elizabeth Ellis; Lyn Ford; Loren Niemi; Karen Langford Chace; Bobby Norfolk, Kevin Cordi, Lorna Czarnota; Consuelo Samarripa; Jane Stensen & Sherry Norfolk; Fran Stallings & Hiroko Fujita; Julie Moss Herrera and, of course yours truly!

If you are looking for books about storytelling; books with great stories and books that can take you on wondrous journeys, Parkhust Brothers is the place!

Click on the image of the catalog to download the PDF version, and/or the link below to go directly to the website for browsing and ordering.
Click here for the website

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This Week


WomenFolk: Stories by and about Women!

Folktales for Grownups!
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.--- It's Free!

Community Room - South Mountain Community Library 
In Honor of Women’s History Month, join us for an evening of folktales about courageous, quirky, and compelling women! Featuring the faculty and current and former Storytelling Institute students in an hour of stories followed by dialogue with the tellers.
Products from Bead for Life, the official charity of the SMCC Storytelling Institute, will be available at the concert. The mission of Bead for Life is to create sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone.
More info here

Arizona Storytellers: Project Fashion Night

Wednesday - March 4th

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for Stories of A Stylish Life  as we take over the Cummings Great Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum to celebrate the Valley’s most stylish citizens.
This night is in partnership with the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Chapter as we hear stories from fashionistas, models and retailers as we celebrate fashion, beauty and self-expression. Tickets include appetizers. 
Featured tellers:
Dennita Sewell, the curator of fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum; Sheree Hartwell, owner of the Ford Robert Black Agency; stylist and model Maggie Heiser; retired custom bridal designer Francesca Bianco; Barney’s New York display manager John Stevens; Nouveau chapter founder Celine Rille; stylist Oscar De La Salas and costume designer at Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre Galina Mihaleva.
Note: If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting

The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, March 5th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Wild
What happens when we go wild? Chandelier swinging, lampshade wearing, or simply retreating into nature. Come take a walk on the wild side with us!
Storytellers: Writer, Melanie Madden; childcare worker, Logan Mutz; raptor aficionado, Carroll Hemingway; hitchhiker extraordinaire, Squid Skid; documentary filmmaker Evan Grae Davis; and David Johnsrud  
Click here for details & info

West Side Story Tellers

Saturday, March 7th ~ 10am - Noon
West Side Story Tellers will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


Stories of Cactus League

Sunday - March 8th

Stories of Cactus League
It's time to play ball - or talk about playing ball. Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories from the diamond and the dugout, funny and touching tales from lives lived on the field from MLB coaches, players and reporters. - 
  • Total tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Our nights typically sell out.  A limited number of tickets may be offered for purchase at the door. We accept cash or credit.  
  • Event check-in starts at 6 p.m. Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. Arrive early.
  • Seating at the event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Full dinner and bar menu available  
  • ASL Interpreting available through student volunteers
  • Proceeds from this event will be used to support Arizona Republic/azcentral journalism training and education programs.

Tickets and info here

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Coming Up


Pam Faro to Present Lenten Storytelling Program in Scottsdale
Almost forgot about this folks! Storyteller and Colleague Pam Faro will be doing a 3-Day Lenten Storytelling Program for the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in Scottsdale, AZ

2015 Lenten Mission: Imagination and the Journey toward the Fullness of Life

Morning and evening sessions each day will be the same presentation. Come to whichever sessions you can, whether it’s one or all three! Light refreshments will be served each morning at 8:30. Dinner will be served at 5:30 each evening. Special guests from St. Martin de Porres parish will join us Wednesday evening for dinner!

Day 1: Monday, March 9th - 9am & 6:30pm
Story Journey – The Creative Imagination and Spiritual Discipline of Biblical Storytelling
Day 2: Tuesday, March 10th  - 9am & 6:30pm
The Footsteps of Discipleship
Day 3: Wednesday, March 11th - 9am & 6:30pm
The Passion Story from the Gospel of Mark
Pam Faro has worked as a professional storyteller since 1988, performing original retellings of traditional folktales, personal/historical tales, and biblical stories. She has been editor of the Journal of Biblical Storytelling, teaches in the Academy for Biblical Storytelling, has served on the board of Rocky Mountain Storytelling as well as the Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int’l (NBS), and is a member of the NBS Seminar. She holds a B.A. in music from Luther College, and an M.Div. from the Iliff School of Theology. Pam has taught and performed across the US and in several European countries, as well as in Canada and Australia.
More Info Here

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Monday, March 9, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. - Snakes, Scorpions, Gila monsters
Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.

EVTOT - Guild Meeting
Saturday - March 14th ~ 10am - Noon

Join us for our first meeting of the New Year to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

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Stop, Look, Listen ... Feel, Sense, Remember ... Craft

Remember the old adage about crossing the street? STOP, LOOK and LISTEN! Our parents were adamant about us being aware if there were cars coming.

That adage can work today for storytellers! What if we were adamant about the fact that there could be a story coming?

So often, there are stories all around us. Most of the time we go about our day and miss them. We are too busy. We have to get somewhere. Our minds are preoccupied. 

But what if we took our parent's advice for just a moment? What if we stopped, looked, listened, and then allowed ourselves to feel and sense what was around us? We could open ourselves up to all sorts of stories.

Consider this morning ... I opened the back door to look at the rain. I looked at it, I listened to it. I could feel the coolness of it. I asked myself, "What do I remember about the rain?" A flood (pun intended here) of memories came back to me:

  • Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain (and always imaging myself being him)
  • That morning in Canterbury, England when it wouldn't stop raining and we stayed in our tents as long as we could. In my journal I wrote: "Intense rain...in tents, rain."
  • The morning in another campground where we left in the cold rain, took three hours to bicycle and train back to Salisbury; I broke a bicycle wheel and we walked 20 minutes to the Good Heart hotel for a warm cup of tea and a warm bed.
  • The times when I was younger and loved to play in the rain and stomp in rain puddles ... it was only water!
  • The time when I was about five years old. It was raining hard and thundering outside. The phone rang and my Mother's friend had called to tell me that Mom was going to be late because she had been, "Caught in the rain." Believing this meant some strange rain monster had "caught" her, was preventing her from coming home to me, and how helpless she was - made me shake with fright.

There are many more, each one could be turned into a story by itself, or I could craft them all into a string of pearls about rain, fear, reluctance, acceptance ... or many other themes.

Or maybe I would be reminded of Noah and the great flood. Perhaps there are other folk tales, fairytales, or other genres with rain or water as the theme. The possibilities are almost endless.

But in order to get to that point, we have to Stop, Look, Listen ... Feel, Sense, Remember ... and then begin to Craft.

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It's Something About the Shoes
Local Tapper, Teacher and Storyteller Dustin Loehr is at it again: creating something new and innovative in the world of art, dance and story! This time, it's a project he's been working on for eight years that will now become the part of his Master's Thesis, and a free public performance!

Eight years ago, Dustin discovered a dance group unlike any he had seen. It was the Sonajera Danza CAAS Dance Company. "I couldn't keep my eyes off of their shoes, and was enchanted by the music that came from them," says Dustin, regarding his motivation to engage in a collaborative exchange with them.

The Danza CAAS was named as an acronym: Conocer (to know), Amor (to love), Ayudar (to help), Servir (to serve). Their dances are improvised in unison as a celebration of faith. The Danza CAAS have been celebrating/worshiping in Phoenix since 2006.

"It's Something About the Shoes" will be a live, performance installation exploring the relationship between this indigenous dance company and the contemporary tap dancing of Dustin Loehr. Through the realization of a co-created space, this collaborative performance will allow both the participants and audiences to re-examine histories and be transformed.

There are massive expenses involved in the creation of this type of project, and Dustin has gone to the cloud to generate funding to help mount, document and preserve the entire process. You can participate in this project in many ways. Please visit this site for more information, view a short video and see ways that you can help and support Dustin and his colleagues in the creation of something new and wonderful!
Click here for the site

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday of each month - 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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