New storytelling Guild Kansas & festival information

According to Doug Bennett, instructor and storyteller, we are trying to preserve the art of the oral tradition, in Kansas. There are plans in the works for the formation of a Southeast Kansas Storytelling Guild. The purpose for this storytelling guild is to give support to storytellers by offering a venue to create and tell stories, to teach others how to create and tell stories and to produce storytelling events in and around southeast Kansas.

Anyone over 18 interested in being a part of the storytelling guild may call Bennett at 620-308-5305 or

More Kansas information
April 26 & 27, 2013 will be the 20th annual Kansas Storytelling Festival!

Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival Schedule June 7-8

Our festival spotlight tellers will tell prior to the Tim Tingle concert on both nights.
Friday night’s Oklahoma spotlight tellers are: Liz Parker, Teresa Black and Fred Peters.
Saturday night tellers will be Jeanette Harjo, Greg Rodges and Tony Hardman

Friday, June 7
1:00 p.m. Registration and Silent Auction begins
1:30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Greg Rodger’s workshop – Coloring with words
4:00-5:00 p.m. General Membership meeting
6:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Music, Gary Parent
7:00 p.m. Spotlight Story Concert: Tim Tingle, Teresa Black, Liz Parker, and Fred Peters
9:30 p.m. Ghost Tales with Tim Tingle, Kareth Bodman Moore, Nancy Lenhart Matthews, Kathryn Thurman, and emcee Paulette Geeslin
Saturday, June 8
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:45-10:45 am. Table-Telling 9:45-10:45 a.m. Mini Concert
11:00-Noon Story Swap and Mini Concert
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Area
1:45-2:45 p.m. Table-Telling and Story Concert
3:00 p.m. Silent Auction ends
3:00-4:00 p.m. Story Swap and Mini Concert
4:00-5:00 p.m. Social Hour with refreshments
6:30 p.m. Kathryn Thurman’s World Music Pre-Concert
7:00 p.m. Spotlight Story Concert: Tim Tingle, Tony Hardman, Jeanette Harjo, and Greg Rodgers
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Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival – Springfest sponsorship drive

There was a festival planning meeting this past weekend for our Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival in Seminole, this coming June, we have sorted out the details. The musical styling of Gary Parent and Kathy Thurman will start our concerts each night!
We have a workshop, storyswaps, story concerts, ghost tales, music and more June 7-8. We are looking for sponsorship donations to supplement the costs of the festival. We have had three members jump on board thus far with our printing and advertising costs. A shout out goes to Valerie Kimble, Elizabeth Ellis and Chester Weems – our flyers are on their way this weekend to the Texas festival, and an advertisement isin the Texas festival handout for us.
We are looking for Friday night sponsorship for our spotlight concert and ghost tales sessions. We also are looking for monies to supplement the events on Saturday. Please think about your partnership with storytelling, and help make our festival a success this year.

Kansas – Pittsburg Storytelling Festival – April 6, 2013

Regional tellers – free admission

This is a one day event starting at 10am at the Pittsburg Public Library in Pittsburg, KS. It will feature 6 regional professional storytellers. Each teller will start at the top of the hour with a one hour lunch break from noon to 1:00. Bring a lunch if you’d like to visit with the tellers. Last teller is at 4:00. This is our first story fest. This is a free open to the public event.

10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission free

Pittsburg Public Library
308 N Walnut (corner of 4th and Walnut)
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Storytelling Retreat this weekend in N.E.Oklahoma

Jan 25 – Jan 26, 2013 Come listen to renowned storytellers and immerse yourself into the art of storytelling. Mention that you are attending the storyteller retreat and receive a discounted room rate. There is no charge to listen to the storytellers, and hot chocolate and cookies will be provided at no charge.Call for more information 918-772-2046 Sequoyah State Park & Lodge; Hulbert, OK

Tellabration – THIS weekend in Oklahoma, Nov. 17 & 18!

Nov. 17 Apache Tellabration
Clarke-Hobart Building, Apache, 7:00 p.m.
Storytelling and a youth singing group.

Nov. 17 Old Angus Barn (south of Seminole)
Featuring Teresa Black and Sky Shivers!
Gather at the campfire 6:30 PM, bring lawn chairs and a blanket!
Contact: Phillip Harjo at,
405-398-4310 or 405-380-3633.

Cordell Tellabration
Integris Village Retirement Center, 701 E. 12th Street, near intersection of Crider Road and E. 14th Street. 4:00p.m.
Featured tellers include Chester Weems, Molly Lemmons, Loralee Cooley, Straw (LaVerne) Berry, and Ed Cooley.

Tellabrate With Us!! November Showcases Storytelling Around the State

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Tellabration – – a special event celebrated around the nation and the world  shares the wonder and magic of oral storytelling to audiences comprised mostly of adults but also sometimes for children and families.   The tellers are experienced, sometimes masterful, artisans who craft stories to enthrall, amuse, challenge, and inspire dreams. In November communities all around the world will focus on sharing a one of  kind experience as stories light up the deep autumn night.

Around Oklahoma catch one or more of the following events:

Nov. 10 
ROMP Tellabration
Locust Grove OK
The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, in conjunction with the Mayes County Storytellers, will host a Tellabration event of interactive poetry and storytelling from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the museum in rural Locust Grove.The event will include a tour of the museum, an interactive poetry experience, storytelling around a bonfire, and smores. Everyone is invited. Admission is by donation. All proceeds benefit the development of the museum as it nears its completion.For more information, visit the museum website or email or call curator Shaun Perkins at 918-864-9152.

Nov. 13
Choctaw Public Library Tellabration
2525 Muzzy, Choctaw, 6:00 p.m.
Tellers include Rosemary Czarski, Susie Beasley, Liz Parker, Molly Lemmons, Marilyn Hudson, Kathryn Thurman, Barbara Jones, and Carol Roberts. Contact Choctaw Library for more information, 390-8418.

Nov. 17
Tellabration at the Ole Angus Barn
South of Seminole, 6:30 p.m.
Go 12 miles south of Seminole or north of Ada on HWY 99 until you reach EW 134, cemetery road, turn west and go approximately 1 mile. Lights will be on in the barn, go past the barn, and you’ll see the driveway on the south. Featured storytellers will be Western humorist award recipient Sky Shivers and multi-talented Teresa Black. Host and hostess, Phillip Harjo and Jeanette Harjo, will share a story. A couple of guest pickers, storytellers and a poet may also join the party. We’ll gather at the campfire near the entrance of the Ole Angus Barn. There will be some seating, but you may want to throw in a lawn chair or blanket. In the case of inclement weather we’ll move into the main aisle of the barn. For additional information contact: Jeanette or Phillip Harjo at, 405-398-4310 or 405-380-3633.

Nov. 17
Apache Tellabration
Clarke-Hobart Building, Apache, 7:00 p.m.
Storytelling and a youth singing group. For more information contact Sam McMichael or Steve Kardaleff.

Nov. 18
Cordell Tellabration
Integris Village Retirement Center, 701 E. 12th Street, near intersection of Crider Road and E. 14th Street. 4:00p.m.
Featured tellers include Chester Weems, Molly Lemmons, Loralee Cooley, Straw (LaVerne) Berry, and Ed Cooley. Contact Loralee for more information.

2013 Saturday June 8th – Ghost Story Tellers – submissions

If you are interested in telling a ghost story at the Saturday night Ghost Tales concert at our 2013 festival June 8, please consider submitting your story to the festival committee. Details:

1. You must be a current TT member.
2. The story must be no more than 12-minutes long.
3. The story must be submitted on a cassette or a CD.
4. Deadline: November 15, 2012

Get your scary story groove on!

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We would love to hear your story! (And be scared by it!)

Jan 25, 2013 Winter Retreat Workshop Friday Night


We will meet at Western Hills on Friday for workshops and more, here is one workshop to entice you!

Carved in Stone:  The Hidden Meaning of Gravestone Graphics  

If you’ve visited Arlington Cemetery, the Pyramids, Gettysburg or Greyfriars Kirkyard, you entered a world where a secret language tells the story of the dead…and the living.  Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols, a language the translation of which changes over time making it difficult to interpret the original meaning.  Graveyard customs also change over time.  By studying the symbols on grave markers and cemetery customs, especially those in Oklahoma, you’ll learn more than the person’s name and dates.  You’ll walk away with histories, biography and genealogy, including social membership and occupations.  You can also learn science, art and historic architecture.

Board Announces Meetings Schedule

Board Meeting

TT Board Meeting
September 8, Saturday
3:00 p.m.
OKC Storytelling Festival

TT Board Meeting
November 3, Saturday
Seminole county – details soon

TT Winter Retreat
January 25-26, 2013
WesternHills (Sequoyah State Park), Wagoner
$50 special Lodge rate until Oct. 29 for TT guests

Members are welcome to attend board meetings and learn more about the workings of their organization.