The fourth annual Storytelling Expo kicks off on Sunday October 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Mary Anne Moorman curates “Opening Doors with Stories and Music.” Storytelling, folk art has become a regular feature at the FAR-West Conference.
Auntmama and the Seattle Storytellers Guild have a treat to end the conference. This year’s Story Expo features tellers who entertain, warm your heart and open your eyes. Two former Seattle Civic poets, an actor, a doctor, a music organizer/librarian, a writer, a harpist teller, two storytelling curators and one musician invite you to Opening Doors with Stories and Music on October 8th. Check them out. It’s a highly diverse mix with at least one story just for you.
The Story Expo features:
Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor has been performing stories based on Filipino folktales and Filipino-American history as a member of the Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild since 2006. She has worked closely with indigenous peoples of the Philippines, British Columbia, Canada, and Coast Salish Nations to advocate the preservation of traditional knowledge through story.
Paul Currington is a writer, storyteller, former comedian, and Alaska state hacky-sack champion (novice division, 1982). When he's not hosting Fresh Ground Stories, Seattle's longest-running open-mic storytelling show, you can find him on his porch feeding stray cats. He is easily manipulated.
Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, City Arts, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, among others. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Nick Smith is a teller of historical tales for adult audiences, and traditional tales for all ages. In addition to putting on shows and helping run festivals, he has performed at unusual venues, ranging from Victorian houses to courthouses, even in a mausoleum, along with the more traditional venues of festivals, concerts, museums, libraries and schools.
Tara Hardy is the working class, Queer, Femme, chronically ill, founder of Bent, a writing institute for LGBTQ writers in Seattle. She is a former Seattle Poet Populist, Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence, and an alumna of Hedgebrook. She is the Arts Director at Gay City and believes art is a powerful tool for social change. Her book, My, My, My, My, My, by Write Bloody Press is a 2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist.
David Schumer has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Fresh Ground Stories, and his popular pod cast. His stories have been selected for KNKX's program sound effects. He is the producer and performer at the quarterly storytelling and music variety show Seattle WordsnMusic. He has won the Moth Story Slam multiple times. He is a solo family practioner of 35 years experience who continues to accept Obamacare.
Mary Dessein has been telling stories since before she could read, Mary's still at it. Story has been her life. From radio, to festivals, to using story as a teaching and counseling tool, to her new CD, to published work, to her current podcast on KSER 90.7FM,' Wit or Wisdom.'
Drew Hobson turns multi disciplines into diverse art for a diverse planet. He’s an actor; catch him on TV in “Grimm” and a teacher, throughout the state of WA reimagining traditional stories for 21st century youth. While creating drama with tribal youth at Red Eagle Soaring, he’s also a sought after DJ.
Mary Anne Moorman (Auntmama) creates thoughtful, humorous and enjoyable entertainment. Named “Seattle’s Best Storyteller” by “The Stranger,” she blends Blue Ridge Mountain laurel with Douglas fir and carries her stories all along the Crooked Road. The last Thursday of every month, you’ll find her at the Madison Park Starbucks, curating the 10th year of Auntmama’s StoryTable and spinning ‘Sunday Folks’ songs on KBCS.FM.
Reggie Garrett closes the show with a song