Muriel was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. As a child Muriel would sit in awe as her mother, an actress, avid reader and English teacher would recite nursery rhymes, tell stories, sing songs and read to her. This awakening of a storyteller hidden in the mind of a young child has inspired Muriel to tell stories every since. She has been telling professionally for the past 18 years. As a storyteller and early childhood educator she 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. Last spring Muriel was honored to share stories in the townships of South Africa and at the local Story Club in Cape Town. Muriel’s warm gentle presence connects immediately with the audience as she transforms herself into different characters. Her voice, movements, expressions and loving spirit will resonate with anyone listening. This will be Muriel’s third time gracing the Sierra Storytelling Festival stage.