Monday - April 10, 2017
Issue # 258

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Director of ETSU Storytelling Heads Across the Pond!

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Sobol on being appointed Director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Research at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, UK. Joe is a seasoned teller, scholar, educator and musician, and since 2000, has been the director of the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University. This will be a great oppoprtunity and adventure for him!

Joe also published The Storytellers’ Journey: An American Revival a history of the past thirty years of American storytelling. It has been described as “original, insightful, and leavened with humor and compassion.… a deep exploration of the territory we’ve traveled and a glimpse of future possibilities.”​

Joe is a familiar and constant face at many of the festivals and conferences around the country He will certainly be missed, but now we all have a great new friend in the UK!
Learn more about Joe here

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Our Family, Our Culture

Monday - April 10th - 7:00pm
Phoenix Theatre

Families are the root of every society, and part of the reason why comedians have such funny stories. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of tales from the families we’re born into and the ones we choose. 

Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project

Co-emcee:  Joanna Brathwaite, producer, The Arizona Republic

Featured tellers: 
Fatimah Halim
Ashton & Dennis Skinner
Anna Darian
Tillie Chavez
Sue Raatjes
Joanna Brathwaite

Details: 6 p.m. check-in, stories 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. $10, Students are $5. 602-444-8605, tickets.azcentral.com.
All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in.

Info & Tickets

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Coming Up


Celtic Earth Stories
Celtic Earth Stories:  Water from an Ancient Well
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm
Community Christian Church

An evening of stories to connect heaven and earth with fertile imagination and ancient/modern folklore.

Storytellers:  Liz Warren, Doug Bland, Ken McIntosh, Cathy Eastman, Christie Dart. 

$5 donation at the door 

Verdant Paths: Celtic Spirituality for the Earth Workshop
Verdant Paths: Celtic Spirituality for the Earth Workshop
Saturday, April 22 - 9 am to 12 Noon 
Community Christian Church,   

Presenter Kenneth McIntosh is the author of Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life, and Celtic Nature Prayers, and The Green Man: An Ancient Symbol for the Modern World. He’s also the General Editor for the Celtic Bible Commentary. He has presented retreats and seminars on Celtic Spirituality in the US and in the UK. He serves as a chaplain at NAU and pastor in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has been a vital part of the Forest Church movement.
Learn about: 
  • Why spirituality and sustainability are inseparable
  • Reading “God’s First Book”—which is Nature
  • Lessons from our furred and feathered friends
  • The Green Man, an ancient symbol of our oneness with Nature
  • Reading “God’s Second Book” (the Bible) in harmony with the natural world. 
Please RSVP to doug.bland@tempeccc.com for the Workshop.  
$15 suggested donation 

Loren R. Russell Tribute Concert
April 22nd - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N 7th ST., Phoenix

We’ve all lost a gentle upstanding Valley man and entertainer.
A tribute concert will be held to honor the life of Loren R Russell, a local Native American flute player, storyteller, member of the musical trio, Silverback, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. Loren also told his stories and played Native American Flute at Wild Horse Pass Resort.
A suggested $10 or more donation for the 90 minute concert will benefit Loren Russell’s surviving family.
The concert will feature the music of Silverback, The Arizona Flute Circle, the West Side Story Tellers and other professional entertainers. Our M.C. will be the one and only Sule Greg Wilson, another great storyteller, teacher and musician.
Silverback currently consists of John Mahoney, percussionist/instrumentalist, and Eric Laubach, guitarist, pianist, singer/songwriter. All the storytellers and musicians that knew Loren will be participating in this concert. Every five minutes a different entertainer will pay tribute to this gentle soul. 18 magnificent 5-minute shows. If you would like to participate as a performer, contact John Mahoney ASAP.
Mark your calendars to come out and have a great time paying tribute to this gentle soul.  Even if you did not know Loren, you will leave this tribute a better person, and he’ll know you were there.
John Mahoney
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Explain Yourself!

Remember when you were younger? I mean young— maybe five to ten-years-old? Perhaps you had done something you shouldn't have; broken something; came home late; got in trouble at school? And one of your parents said, "Explain yourself, young man!" They wanted an answer, an explanation of what you had done and why.

If you were lucky, or had given it some thought, you had an answer (read excuse). Maybe you had even prepared the answer in your head as the moment of truth approached. And then you were ready to tell your story. It's a little different today, but you're sort of in the same boat! You need to explain yourself.

I'm talking about you, as a storyteller. When people ask you what you do and you are bold enough to identify yourself as a storyteller...then what? They always ask, "What is that? I didn't even know that existed. Exactly what do you do?" Just like that little kid, you need to be prepared to explain yourself. Only this time, it's a little different...but you still need to be prepared!

What do you tell people? In a few words or sentences...or even one sentence; are you prepared to delineate what it is that you do? For many years, it was considered the "elevator speech". Have a speech ready to tell if you were in an elevator and only had the time from the ground floor to the top, to tell your story. Storyteller and Coach Sean Buvala, like many others, believes the elevator speech is dead. He recently wrote a great piece about "Four Sentence Storytelling" as a way to explain what you do. Here's the link to the article.

Very much like storytelling, you want to give them something specific, but also want to make them want to hear more:

I use stories to entertain people.

I use stories to teach different concepts in life.

I use stories to help children and adults explore their imagination.

Or maybe it's a combination of two or three things - here's mine:

I use stories to entertain people and to teach individuals and organizations how to communicate through stories.

Usually, you will get a secondary question: "How do you do that?" Be prepared to explain further.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a story about a boy who is bored and wants company, but he miscommunicates by yelling and lying that the wolf is there. And of course, after too many times, no one believes him. And then no one believes him when there is real danger. So, the story is not just about lying, but also about the consequences of how, when and what we communicate.

The message here is (much like crafting a story) be prepared! Don't just go over it in your head. Craft the message, practice it out loud - with a friend or colleague. Have your story (message about what you do) ready.,

And be ready to explain yourself!

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When Was Your First Time?
Do you remember the first time you identified yourself as a "Storyteller"?

Mine was about eight years ago on my first trip to England. My friend and I were staying in a weathered, old Hostel in Salisbury, in the southwest of England. We had spent the first day looking for and buying a bicycle for me. After dinner, I sat in the "common room" with my laptop, writing my first blog post for the trip.
I am typing away as fast as my little hunt and peck fingers will allow me. The swinging door bursts open as a gruff teacher enters, spies me in the corner of the room and belts out, "Sorry to interrupt!" Suddenly, the room is filled with 35 seven to eleven-year-olds. They are all school mates and are on a kind of extended field trip, with approximately six teacher/chaperons. By the way, did I mention that the children were all in their pajamas and/or robes? Quite a site!
One teacher has what appear to be two paperback books. She announces to the group that they have two choices of stories, and proceeds to delineate both as she holds up each book. "You can hear a story from this book, or from this book." Without a moment's hesitation, I add, “Or...there might be a third choice.” I proclaim that I am a "storyteller” and wonder if they would like to hear the story of The Magic Pomegranate. The paperbacks never had a chance.
There were 35 pairs of wide eyes listening intently as the story unfolded from, “Once upon a time," all the way through, “They lived happily ever after.” They thanked me en masse in their high pitched British accents. Off to bed they went. Well, off to making a bit more noise in their dorm rooms as only adolescents can.
The room is now oddly quiet and I am aware that this was the first time I had actually defined myself as a storyteller. I finish my blog and head to bed with a great sense of contentment and joy. 
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Chatterbox Open 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 July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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