Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
858-569-9399 storybag[a]


Click here to see listing of public shows in California and Illinois by individual teller Harlynne Geisler and by Storytellers of San Diego.

This listing is alphabetical by state and then by event's date. Events outside of the U.S. are listed separately. Because this is such a long list, I recommend you print out the pages to read it at length.

Note: Tellabration was first organized in 1986 as a way of celebrating and promoting the resurgence of the ancient art of oral storytelling by J.G. Pinkerton and the Connecticut Storytelling Center. By 1990, official sites in Canada, Bermuda and Japan had opened. In ten years, Tellabration had spread to 400 sites in 47 countries including the US, Thailand, China, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Finland, several Caribbean nations, Scotland and England. In 2000 India joined the family of nations celebrating storytelling. There are now official sites on every continent except Antarctica. It happens every November. See The National Storytelling Network is at

One place to find storytelling festivals for the U.S.: - keyword "storytelling"

Jay O'Callahan is a nationally known storyteller and workshop leader who sends out an event calendar about his upcoming shows/workshops around the country. Phone: (800) 626-5356 or 781-837-0962 Website:

If you are looking to take courses in storytelling online, there is an entire master's degree program in oral tradition offered by the Graduate Institute in CT, with a short residency (two weeks over the summer). The rest of the coursework is done distance learning and independent study, and the head of the department is John Miles Foley. The url is



Radio Pacific Northwest Storytelling radio show is streamed on the Internet via Real Audio Sunday morning, 8-11 am Pacific Time. Global Griot: stories and music from around the world. KSER 90.7 Aarene Storms is one host. and

There is a native storytelling internet radio station: If There are any Native storytellers out there who have some stories that they would like to be broadcast contact Elbert Dee Walston at The stories are from different nations and from different story tellers.

Storytelling Under the Baobab Tree with Shanta & Lajadjie is a weekly, one-hour internet radio program. It airs on Sundays, at After airing, the program is archived at the site for listeners' convenience. The program consists of storytelling with Shanta & Lajadjie, featured artists ( recent have been Laura Simms, Jackie Torrance, Jay O'Callahan, Diane Ferlatte, Gayle Ross, and others), an events calendar, and occasionally an interview with a teller. Tellers are invited to send tapes & cds, with their information for promotion on the show. We always welcome sponsor inquiries. Lajadjie Sebela:

BBC Radio 4 can be picked up on the web at the following address:

Public Radio broadcasts a program "Season's Griot" with Jackie Torrence and Brother Blue generally on 12/26. For the past fourteen years, PRI has offered this as a Kwanzaa package to public radio stations throughout the nation. Check your local listings.

Radio and TV shows for various cities are listed under the state where they occur.


Helping Children Become Storytellers A two-credit-hour class from the University of Northern Colorado, is now available online as an independent study course. Guide young storytellers in your classroom as you earn university credits. Develop three storytelling projects and hold a final party or concert. Taught completely online—by the editor of Kids’ Storytelling Club website and the Junior Storyteller newsletter—through e-mail, list-serve, and website. No classes to attend. Log on at your convenience. For more information, call the continuing education department at 1-800-232-1749 and ask about EDRD
513-052 the Online Class, "Helping Children Become Storytellers."

A World-Wide List of Courses In and/or About Storytelling Taught at Colleges and Universities is available at

ALABAMA —————————

ALASKA ————————— The Storytellers' Guild of Anchorage sponsors Tellabration! each year, along with other storytelling events. They meet the 3rd Sat. of the month at the Dimond Library. Their website is: Call Betty Arnett 907-346-1781

State liaison: (907) 465 6558 A.C.Fuller <>

ARIZONA ————————

Monthly: Northwest Tucson Storytelling Circle. Call Mary Wilson at 742-5388.
1st Sat. of the month Himmel Park Library 1035 N. Treat Ave. 9 a.m. social 9:30 storytelling program (none in July or Aug.) Sheila Pattison, 9020 E. Saddleback Dr., Tucson 85749 749-4375.
1st Sat. of the month Tucson 10-noon. Monthly meeting of Green Valley Tellers at Green Valley Library (come with a story). Tucson. Full Moon Storytelling at Sabino Canyon and also at Colossal Cave Mountain Park monthly. Call Sheila Pattion 749-4374 for info and if you're willing to help host or tell.
4th Mondays in the evening. Tucson. Peer coaching for tellers. Mary Wilson 742-5388
Mesa Storyteller Cafe. 480-820-5074
South Mountain Community College concerts and workshops with Donald Davis, etc. 602-243-8140

ARKANSAS ————————


Every 4th Saturday, 10:30 am Central Arkansas Library System, Main Branch, 100 Rock Street, Downtown Little Rock
Family Storytelling with Faye Hanson and friends FREE for more information call (501)918-3050

Every 4th Thursday, 7:00 pm Quapaw Quarter Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 1601 S. Louisiana, Little Rock Open mic telling by Arkansas Traveler Storytelling Society FREE for more information (501) 372-44100

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