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Announcing the 2017 Tellers

Muriel Johnson

As a storyteller and early childhood educator Muriel Johnson has shared traditional folk tales and personal stories with thousands of children and adults across the United States, performing at schools, museums, libraries and festivals.

Kevin Kling

Monologist and playwright Kevin Kling appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and has authored five books. The 2015 PBS feature-length documentary, “Kevin Kling: Lost & Found” won a 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award.

Judith Black

Judith Black, one of the nation’s foremost storytellers, creates and tells compelling, humorous, and riveting stories. They are sculpted both from her own observed life and created to augment the missions of educational, historic, and governmental organizations.

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin, is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

Diane Ferlatte

Grammy nominated, internationally renowned storyteller Diane Ferllate While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories.

Johnny Moses

Johnny Moses is one of the most popular storytellers in North America. With beauty, wisdom and humor, he shares both traditional and contemporary stories in a wide variety of settings, including festivals, libraries, schools, and private gatherings

Plus special Guest Teller Tim Ereneta

Trained as a playwright and actor, Tim Ereneta brings more than 25 years of stage experience to his performances. For ten years of those years, he was telling stories collaboratively in the mainstage company of BATS Improv, one of San Francisco’s most popular improvisation troupes.

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