Storyteller Harlynne Geisler

Storytelling in San Diego, Southern California, and the World
Especially Storytelling School Assemblies in San Diego County


Harlynne Geisler has been a professional freelance storyteller since 1980 and has told and taught storytelling in festivals, conferences, schools, colleges, libraries, churches, temples, community centers, preschools, and museums. She has performed from Aurora, New York, to Austin, Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Alberta, Canada, to Anaheim, California...and that's just the A list! She lives in San Diego and performs frequently all over southern California. She is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment.

Harlynne Geisler has taught storytelling and creative writing to clowns, magicians, teachers, children, college students, parents, puppeteers, librarians, seniors, and storytellers in New York, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Canada, Washington, Idaho, and California. She was the resident storyteller for the San Diego Museum of Art in 2000.

Ms. Geisler was the editor of the Story Bag; A Storytelling Newsletter from 1981-2006. Her book, Storytelling Professionally; The Nuts and Bolts of a Working Performer [Libraries Unlimited Press], was published in 1997. She is an author who recently had a story published in the book More Ready-to-Tell Tales from Around the World. She was a columnist for Laugh Makers Magazine for ten years.

Her philosophy about storytelling can be summed up in one sentence from Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment; The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales: "Without fantasy to give us hope we do not have the strength to meet the adversities of life." She wants to provide fantasy and hope to all her listeners--especially the children.

She belongs to the National Storytelling Network and founded the Storytellers of San Diego in 1981.

Ms. Geisler grew up in Decatur, Illinois and returns to her home state three times a year to perform. She has degrees in English Secondary Education and Library Science from the University of Illinois. For fourteen years she was a school and public librarian.

Pronounce her name Har-lin Guy-slur.


Harlynne Geisler
Tales from the Story Bag
5361 Javier Street
San Diego, CA 92117-3215
Phone: 858-569-9399
Fax: 858-569-0205
E-mail: storybag[a]

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