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Storytelling Celebration


20th Annual Storytelling Celebration

November 13-16, 2019

The 20th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration will bring local, regional, and national storytellers together for a four-day event, November 13-16, 2019, designed to honor and introduce all ages to the art of storytelling. As a long-time celebration partner, Mid-Continent Public Library will bring storytellers into its branches as well as area schools, retirement communities, and community centers.

Featured Storytellers

Michael D. McCarty

Michael is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and international folk tales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life. His stories inform, educate, inspire, and amuse. His storytelling style is energetic and enthusiastic.

Laura Packer

Laura tells original and traditional stories for all audiences, with a focus on adults, families, and older children. Her stories cover the range of human experience from the most grounded to the fantastical and are a collaborative creation with the audience, drawing listeners into the world of the story.

Dovie Thomason

For over two decades, Dovie's work has been exclusively in the preservation and continuation of Native cultural arts, utilizing the art form of traditional Native storytelling. She has developed a wide variety of traditional storytelling programs for all ages, with the intent of sharing an indigenous perspective on Native cultures, stories, and concerns, based in her own Lakota/Kiowa Apache tradition and including experience working with culture-bearers of Iroquois, Algonquian, and other Native nations.

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. 

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