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  • 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
  • "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
  • In 2018 Betty Ann Polaha was named, ‘Outstanding Storyteller Performer’ at ETSU and in 2019 she was named, ‘Artist in Residence’ as a bedside teller for Ballad Health. She is a member of the prestigious Jonesborough Storytelling Guild performing regularly at story slams, schools and community events. Listening to her stories will bring a smile to your face, maybe a tear in your eye-- or you might just say, “That was interesting!”Aired 3/27
  • Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original cinematic style, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. As a nationally touring artist, his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival.Aired 3/20/22
  • Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous award-winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. His PBS series, David Holt’s State of Music, is very popular, showcasing rising starts and masters of traditional and contemporary music."One Wish" is an old folk tale from Ireland. What would you do with one wish? From “Hairyman Meets Tailybone” www.davidholt.com Aired 3/13
  • Donna Washington is an internationally known master storyteller, artist educator, and published author who has been performing for audiences of all ages for over thirty-four years.
  • Linda Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. She began writing her own stories while she was in elementary school and continues to be a prolific writer to this day.
  • 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.