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KC Storytelling Celebration Nov. 5-8

Lots of great stories in KC this week-end!

Featured tellers for 2015 are:

Olga Loya in Columbia MO

Singing and Dancing Through Stories With Olga Loya
Free, Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
100 West Broadway

The culture of Latin America is passed on through personal stories about family and community. Stories about taking responsibility and about building character. Celebrate this tradition with dancing and singing, folk tales and more from Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher Olga Loya. Using a dramatic mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, Olga will also share stories from her own colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. This program is part of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series which is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Families.

Annual Heritage Festival Ghost Telling, Sept. 19

Once again, on the evening of September 19, the Heritage Festival will feature MO-TELL tellers for the annual Ghost Telling at Nifong Park.  This year will honor the memory of Greg Tyler, who was a regular and much-appreciated teller at this event over the years.  Scheduled tellers include Anthony Clark, Pablo Baum, Amy Prater, Deb Swanegan, and Larry Brown.  The program will be on the outdoor stage of Maplewood Barn Theater, from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

For over 20 years this program was presented by the Columbia storytelling guild, MOST (Mid-Missouri Organization of StoryTelling).

State Park Telling this Fall, and next Spring

Thanks to a generous grant, tellers have been selected by the various MO State Parks and Historic Sites for the following dates:  (Thank you to all who submitted your names!)

Mark Twain State Park, Sept. 19, Flavia Everman; Hawn State Park, Sept. 26, Carole Shelton; Nathan Boone Homestead, Oct. 17, Two Crows Wallen; Babler State Park, Oct. 17, Annette Harrison;  Battle of Island Mound Historic Site, Oct. 24, Heather Harlan; Bruce R. Watkins Center, Oct. 24, Deb Swanegan; Missouri State Museum, April 6, Two Crows Wallen; Mastadon State Park, April 23, Two Crows Wallen; Washington State Park, May 28, Flavia Everman;  Ha Ha Tonka State Park, June 11, Two Crows Wallen; Arrow Rock State Park, June 25, Heather Harlan; First Missouri State Capital Historic Site, Aug. 13, Alice Reese.

MO-TELL hopes this is just the beginning of a renewed relationship with Missouri State Parks, and more telling opportunities will be forthcoming.  If you are not yet a member of MO-TELL please join now and become a part of what’s happening across the state!

Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

August 27-29

Featuring: Charlotte Blake-Alston, Jim May, and Megan Wells.  Festival  held in the beautiful Oklahoma History Center:

Festival hotel is: American Hotel & Suites (airport)

1905 S Meridian Ave

Phone”: 405-682-2080

You must mention TT and the festival to get a discounted rate.

Liars Contest Results

A great time was had by all.  Great lies all around!  A huge thanks to Anthony Clark, the organizer and “let’s get this show on the road”  MO-Tell supporter and teller.  Drum roll:  The winner is : Ken Wolfe from Glendale. Second Place: Larry Brown from Fulton.  Third place Gary Kuntz from KC.

MO State Liars Contest July 11!

Bring your family, bring your friends to the final “tell-off” of the Missouri State Liars Contest!

Saturday July 11, 11:00AM – 1:00PM at Woodneath Library in Kansas City (8900 N Flintlock Rd)

Come and see the following finalists compete for $500 and the title of winner of the 1st Annual Missouri State Liars Contest:

Michael Bennett – St. Peters
Larry Brown – Fulton
Gary Kuntz – Kansas City
Linda Kuntz – Kansas City
Jeff Miller – St. Louis
Carole Shelton – Ferguson
Joyce Slater – Kansas City
Carol Watkins – St. Peters
Ken Wolfe – Glendale
John Zerr – St. Charles

Judges include a radio reporter, producer and news director; an associate from the Corbin Theater in Liberty, MO; and the Woodneath Library Reading Advisor.

The Missouri State Liars Contest is sponsored by MO-TELL and Mid-Continent Public Library.

For more information email [email protected].

Showcase Opportunity

Registration for the 2015 Missouri Library Association Performers’ Showcase is open.
This will be held, Friday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Performers will be scheduled 10-12. From 12:00-12:30 p.m., attendees may visit performers’ tables to pick up information and ask questions.) Location: Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Registration will be open until June 19th, and performers will be notified on their selection by July 10th. Please pass this on to all your performer friends. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Akins at [email protected].
Your 2015 Conference Coordinators,
Dan Brower & Kelly Fann

Second Tuesdays

Second Tuesdays is a monthly storytelling get-together on the second Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at various St. Louis locations.  There is a different theme each month and tellers are welcome to tell a true story on the theme lasting up to 10 minutes.   Check them out at

Grant for storytelling in MO State Parks

MO-TELL has received a grant to be used for funding storytellers at Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites for Fall of 2015 and Summer 2016.  Negotiations will be made with the Department of Natural Resources to determine what sites would be appropriate.  In the meantime, if you are or know someone that would be interested in telling in this series, please contact Larry Brown at [email protected]

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