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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
  • 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.comExtra Cats is a story about a dream that came true.Aired 8/29
  • Lona Bartlett is a professional storyteller, puppeteer and educator who has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains provide inspiration for a long list of programs and presentations. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, Lona loves bringing excitement and insight to audiences at schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, corporate gatherings and special events. https://www.lonabartlett.com That Kid is a unique tale about finding friendship. You never know what you might find on a hike.Aired on 8/23/21
  • Drive the Coon Dog is one of Harold's dad’s old time mill stories. It beckons to the day when a man was measured by the dog he owned.
  • Russian Jews Move to Appalachia and the American South is a story about a family’s struggles and triumphs immigrating to America.
  • Elena Diana Miller, folk musician, historian and storyteller, performs throughout the region at concerts halls, festivals, libraries and schools. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch, performs traditional stories and music and teaches lore of the old country to adults. Little Frog Story is a fun summertime tale from her collections of family tales.
  • Connie Regan-Blake has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states, 18 countries and on 6 continents, she brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concerts halls, libraries and into the corporate world. www.storywindow.com“Lantern” is an outlandish fishing story. From, Dive-Into Stories: A Telling PerformanceAired 7/18
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    WordStage on WNCW: Utah Phillips - Suspenders
    Wordstage on Wncw: U. Utah Phillips - Suspenders
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    Wordstage on WNCW: Donna Marie Todd – 4th of July Pig Pickin’
    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 7/3 and 7/4
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    Wordstage on WNCW: Larry Pearlman – Getting a License
    Combined a successful 30 year career in sales, sales training and public speaking with teaching spiritual classes and acting as a Minister for Emissary Minsitry. 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.larrypearlman.comAired 6/ 26 and 27