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

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  • A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, Ken Waldman, AKA The Alaskan Fiddling Poet, has published fifteen full-length poetry collections, a memoir, and a creative writing manual from respected independent small presses. As a performer, he’s played from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to the Woodford Folk Festival ( Queensland , Australia ). "He brings his instruments, a few fellow musicians, and his poems about surviving a plane crash (locals once called him "a walking dead man"), watching grizzlies feed in a garbage dump, and other adventures in the forty-ninth state." The New Yorker
  • Robert Lynn “Bobby” McMillon (1951-2021) was a traditional ballad singer, musician and storyteller from Yancey County , N.C. He grew up hearing first hand the scary stories and witch tales that his family told. His grandfather had an old Victrola record player, and a lot of old records. Bobby loved to listen and learn the old songs. It wasn’t long before he began to realize that some of the recorded songs were similar to the old songs that his family and neighbors sang. In his teens he developed an avid interest in documenting these songs, spending any free time visiting and recording.
  • Chelm is a real place in the country of Poland, but in Jewish folklore it is an imaginary community of simple-minded people who believe they are wise. Tales of the wise men of Chelm have entertained Jewish folk for generations.
  • Donna 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.”
  • Chuck has appeared in numerous shows throughout the Asheville area and Jonesborough, TN, telling personal stories filled with angst, drama, and a healthy dose of humor.
  • Connie Regan-Blake has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. "Two Friends and One Horse" is a folktale told in Israel about making peace.
  • Dr. William Moreau Goins passed away on November 11, 2017. He was a folklorist, cultural presenter, chanter-singer, dancer, artist, education, arts administrator, and advocate for diversity and multiculturalism. Dr. Goins served as CEO for the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois, and United Tribes of South Carolina (State recognized), a statewide tribal organization.
  • Kathy swears that she has never shared this story with anyone, but now the secret is out. Kathy Gordon is from the mountains of Western North Carolina. She loves to share the stories her parents told as well as tales of growing up in the mountains, “I was blessed with a vivid imagination and have always put it to good use!”
  • Robin’s life mission is to tell stories that educate, motivate, lift spirits, and sometimes just make people laugh. "Big Red Goat" is a story with a punch line. There’s nothing wrong with a little Cajun humor.
  • Boy Sells Cow (Child 278) is a ballad she learned from her father, Virgil Jenkins, is similar to the old Jack Tales.Zora Walker (1922-2013) was from the Yellow Branch community of Graham County, North Carolina. She was a wealth of many types of folklore including stories, jokes, children’s games, traditional folk songs, and ballads.