June 1, 2015
Issue # 162

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

Story Swap at Westin Kierland

Long-time teller and colleague Carol Knarr Gebert is back in Arizona from her home in Ohio, She is celebrating her two-year wedding anniversary! After spending time in Tucson at Glenda Bonin's Storyteller's Guest House, and hosting a Story Swap, Carol will host one here in Phoenix, tomorrow evening.

The Swap will be held at 

Westin Kierland Villas
15620 North Clubgate Drive

Tuesday, June 2, 7-9 PM. 
RSVP to Carol Knarr Gebert at 419-910-1287 for specific performance location on grounds.

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This Week


Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Monday, June 1st, 10 a.m.
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
Joyce will also be doing programs on:
June 19th at 2:00 pm
June 30th at 10:00 am

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, June 4th
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: TABOO. We know that one of you out there has a story about something that NO ONE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT! Sex. Religion. Death. Money. Politics.
Storytellers: Rapper, Sharon Kha; author, Ethel Lee-Miller; travel writer, Edie Jarolim; teacher, Bridget MaGee; dispatcher, Steve Braun and retiree, Mickey Monroe! 

Super Hero Squirrely Shirley: Ready to Save the Wetlands!

Friday, June 5th - 2:00 pm


First SRP show of the summer season will be in Oro Valley, AZ at the Public Library, 1305 W Naranja.
This summer Squirrely Shirley and storyteller Glenda Bonin, are inviting kids to join Shirley’s Junior Riparian Super Hero Team to help keep Arizona’s wetlands clean and free of litter. This way people and creatures (especially the frogs) can continue to enjoy the natural delights of our waterways.
Shirley and Glenda will be joined by Mz Riparian and Pete the Pack Rat. Don’t miss this fun and wacky puppet and story show!

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting

Saturday, June 6th

The June meeting of Tellers of Tales will be this Saturday, June 6, 2015. As usual it will be at the Columbus library at Columbus Blvd and 22nd St. We will meet from 9-11..
This meeting will be devoted to the running and structure of our organization. All input is more than welcome so come ready to share ideas.
If there is time left after the organizational part of the meeting we will have open mic storytelling.
Remember, Tellers of Tales does not meet during the months of July and August.

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, June 6th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

They have BRAND NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/ - Check it out!

Last meeting of the summer! - No meetings in July or August.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop

Saturday - June 6th
9:30 am - 1:00 pm (registration required)

Seaglass Storytelling is a new workshop from long-time Valley teller/coach Sean Buvala.

A workshop on using the unique light of a folktale to improve our personal stories.
The workshop explores the "Three Refractions" and the shadow sides of personal tales. There will be time to work on one's own tale in a small group. Like rare sea glass, the best personal stories are intentionally constructed stories that have the long-term impact of the world tale. 

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Phoenix Restaurant Greats
Thursday - June 11th
First Draft Book Bar at Changing Hands Bookstore

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories celebrating the Valley’s most iconic restaurants and inspiring chefs, from our past, and our future for a multi-course dinner in the public space at the Newton, now home to Southern Rail and First Draft Book Bar at Changing Hands Bookstore.
Held in the former Beefeater’s space, this night is dedicated to the places, people and culinary creations that define the Valley’s dining scene. Tickets include a dinner, tax, tip and admission to event; ticket purchase serves as your reservation.
Featured Tellers:
Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects (Postino Winecafe, Churn, The Windsor, Joyride)
Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Julie Meeker of Mother Bunch Brewing 
Chef Doug Robson of Otro Cafe, formerly of Gallo Blanco
Lorenzo Perez of Venue Projects, the team behind The Newton
Chef Justin Beckett of Southern Rail and Beckett's Table.
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
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

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, June 13th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us 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!
Click here for details & info

Youth Story Journey Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 2015  10:00am - 11:30am

You don't have to go to NSN in Kansas City this summer to discover the value of the Hero's Journey in creating inter-generational communities where youth thrive. 

Experience the story-based process Harriet Cole uses when working with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix right here in Phoenix during her preview of her NSN Conference workshop. 
This is a way to empower youth to become the here's of their own journeys. Spend a morning learning the activities that will set the youth in your world on the path to increased presentation skills, confidence, and self-esteem. 
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If You're Not Irish - Forget About It!

Or Jewish, or French, or Italian...or any other nationality that is not YOU!

Storytellers generally agree: If you ain't got it, don't use it - accents, that is.

Accents are difficult. Unless you come from a specific culture, you shouldn't use them. In Liz Warren's The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling, she cautions, 

"It's risky and can easily end in failure and offense. Here is the bottom line: only use an accent or a dialect if it is one that you have mastered and you know you can use with integrity and without causing offense."

Even most actors have a hard time with accents. If you look at the credits at the end of any movie where an actor uses an accent, you will always see a dialect coach listed.

Liz Weir has said that, "You really can't affect an Irish accent, as they change geographically every fifteen miles!"

Two years ago I was in Dublin, buying a ticket on the ferry to England. I stopped a man at the station to get some information and clarification about where to board. He knew immediately that I was from America (duh) and we chatted for a bit. Before parting, I said something to him, trying to use what I thought was an Irish accent. He turned to me, screwed up his face, looked me right in the eye and said, "That's the WORST Irish accent I have ever heard!"

'Nuff said.

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Another Summer O' The Green!
Liz Warren is already across the pond and has started her annual, Study Abroad Ireland. Students come from all over to study the Irish Storytelling Tradition during the summer.

This year, Phoenix teller Dixie Walljasper (who took this selfie of her and Liz Warren on the right) has made the trek and will be learning from the best - Liz Warren, Liz Weir, and so many other great Irish tellers who make their homes on the emerald isle!

Make sure to check out Liz's Ireland blog - http://irelandjournal.typepad.com. Each year, it not only becomes a great "travelblog" but always serves as a compendium of wonderful stories, tellers and tips for telling tales from the land where it rains almost every day. If it didn't, it wouldn't be that green!

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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

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 July & August

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

Homebase Poetry
Last Sunday of each month - Phoenix

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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