“These students had never before met a storyteller and even though I had talked to them about traditional storytelling nothing could match the experience you put them through. As I talked to them later they could retell the stories with ease which proves that they hung on to your every word. The teachers enjoyed the presentation as much as the kids, I looked around the auditorium and saw big grins on their faces.”—Kaj Malmstern, Addams School, Long Beach, CA
What My Mother Told Me
As a child in Chicago my Mother told and read me stories and imprinted in my mind the joy and power of reading. “If you can read you can do anything!” she reminded me constantly.
While in high school in the 60’s I began telling stories of Africa and African-American history. Later, I told stories to my daughter as she grew up. She even listened to my stories when she was a teenager!
In 1992, in Los Angeles, I was introduced to professional storyteller Joel ben Izzy. I was amazed to hear that there were people who made a living telling stories. I vowed that I would join their ranks and that my motto would be, “Have mouth, Will run it!”
A week or two later I asked myself what I would do as a profession if I was Independently wealthy. "Tell stories" was the answer. So I went out and had business cards printed up and began gathering folk tales from different countries at my local library.
One day the Young Adult librarian asked if I was writing a paper. When I informed him that I was a Storyteller he asked if I could give a workshop to a group of kids who wanted to learn storytelling. And, remembering my Mother’s words, I replied, “Of course.”
The workshop was a success and I’ve been running my mouth around the country and around the world ever since.
And that’s the end of that!
“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to you for a residency well done. I realize how much heart and effort you put into your workshop. You encouraged these young people to dare to dream that they can challenge their future and win. You succeeded to make a difference in these youngsters lives.”—Sheila Scott-Wilkinson, Artistic Director, Theatre Of Hearts: Youth First
Awards and Grants
“I went to your presentation and was blown away. You told your stories with such excitement and enthusiasm that you literally turned my frown upside down. You did a terrific job in painting a picture of what was going on in our head! Thank you for brightening my evening.”—10th Grade English student, Taft High School, LA, CA