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WordStage

It’s WORDSTAGE, celebrating the fascinating world of storytelling featuring the very best storytellers, ballad singers and spoken word artist.

Latest Episodes
  • Michael "Badhair" Williams is from the North Carolina Mountains, the heart of Appalachia. He has been telling Appalachian folk tales on stage since 1975. Television, radio, and rock videos have pushed storytelling into the corners with the cobwebs. "Badhair" sweeps it back out, pulling from his Appalachian heritage the tales that delighted our grandparents, and now delight our children and ourselves.
  • Dr. Raymond Christian is a retired US Army paratrooper who grew up on the poverty-ridden streets of Richmond, VA. The son of illiterate parents, his love for the written word sparked his dreams of a different life and led to many adventures, including seemingly impossible educational achievements and life as an amateur farmer and professional family man. https://drraychristian.comAired 6/12
  • Kyra Freeman writes poems, tells stories, and dances in the kitchen in Morganton, North Carolina. A former school librarian turned massage therapist, she was raised in Vermont not too far from the Appalachians. She lives with her family and infamous pets and goes outside in the yard as much as possible. She is a member of the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the N.C. Storytelling Guild. A collection of her poetry and photographs entitled: Second Life: Poems of Re-emerging will be released by Redhawk Publications in the summer of 2021. Contact information: KyraTales@gmail.comAired 6/5/22
  • A native of West Virginia, Donna Marie Todd trained in classical vocal performance at the renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music with Metropolitan opera soprano Marilyn Cotlow and now writes and performs a unique combination of original story woven with artful song. She is a TEDx speaker, recording artist, singer, writer, teaching artist, and retreat leader. She is a multi-faceted artist who delivers perfectly-crafted performances that combine her talents as a speaker, writer, storyteller, and singer. The combination of storytelling and singing has earned her the description of “The Singer of Stories.” Aired 5/29
  • In the Carolina textile mills there are many stories of practical jokes pulled on unsuspecting co-workers and supervisors. In this story Mr. Young has the Clemson University faculty behooved as to how a loom shuttle went through a small hole without breaking the glass.
  • Minton Sparks is a wildly original poet, performance artist, novelist, teacher, and essayist born in a Tennessee college town and raised among her Southern family in and around Arkansas. "When You Coming Home Girl?" is from the album This Dress (2003)
  • "Bundle of Sticks” is an Aesop fable with a powerful lesson, As long as you stick together nothing in this world can break you. The moral: in unity is strength.
  • Kyra Freeman writes poems, tells stories, and dances in the kitchen in Morganton, North Carolina. A former school librarian turned massage therapist, she was raised in Vermont not too far from the Appalachians. She lives with her family and infamous pets and goes outside in the yard as much as possible. She is a member of the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the N.C. Storytelling Guild. A collection of her poetry and photographs entitled: Second Life: Poems of Re-emerging was released by Redhawk Publications in the summer of 2021.
  • This narrative poem tells about Jack and his dog Flower, and the adventures they had playing hooky on a beautiful morning one fine spring day. “That night as Jack lay remembering the day, He decided it was quite perfect. For the scolding he got, and the supper that was not, Had certainly been very well worth it.
  • Larry Perlman has combined a successful 30-year career in sales, sales training and public speaking with teaching spiritual classes and acting as a Minister for Emissary Ministry. Recently Larry has performed at Tellabration, The Tarheel Teller’s Festival, Roadhouse Inn and The Old North State Storytelling Festival and placed first at the Mad Robot Storytelling Slam. www.larryperlman.comAired 4/3