Homeless shelter director starts a storytelling group

The State Journal-Register  February 25, 2018 Summary Last year, Erica Smith, executive director at Helping Hands of Springfield homeless shelter and an actress in local community theater, created a storytelling group in Springfield, IL. She stated her initial goals: “I would like to have regular performances with high quality stories and involve as many people…

African-American folklore inspires meeting of the minds

The Harvard Gazette  February 5, 2018 Summary “The Annotated African American Folktales,” is a collaboration between Harvard scholars Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar. Published by the Norton imprint Liveright in November, the book was recently honored with an NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary achievement. The authors were interviewed together, discussing their collaboration as well…

Beyond Labels: Bridging Differences Through Storytelling

TEDxWilmingtonSalon  December 2017 Summary When Israeli-born Noa Baum moved to the U.S. and unexpectedly formed a friendship with a Palestinian woman, she realized the importance of listening to the story of the “other” – even if that other is the enemy. She discovered that storytelling transforms perceptions, and from that epiphany Noa shares how she…

Cancer patients who tell their life story find more peace, less depressio

University of Wisconsin–Madison News  January 19, 2018 Summary: In research supported by the National Cancer Institute, researchers measured the effect of a storytelling interview plus online resources on more than 40 people diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 cancer. The interview covered topics including important accomplishments and difficulties overcome, the effects of their cancer on them…

Atria Newell Creek in Mentor, OH brings community together through storytelling

The News-Herald  January 18, 2018 Summary Atria Newel Creek, asenior residential community in Mentor, OH, recently hosted Better Together, which was the first in a series of events to celebrate the importance of storytelling. The series is based on Atria StoryWise, a collection of topics and cues created to rekindle memories and help people connect more deeply. “Storytelling is a…

Detroit’s first chief storyteller says city’s narrative must be diverse, inclusive

 Detroit Free Press   August 13, 2017 Summary Appointed earlier in 2017 by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, former journalist Aaron Foley is Detroit’s first chief storyteller. He has edited a new book,  The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, a collection of poems, essays and a short story written by past and present Detroiters. Its goal is to introduce readers to many neighborhoods in…

Indigenous group tackles diabetes with storytelling

TheConversation.com  Jan. 15, 2018 Summary: Similar to many Indigenous groups worldwide, the James Bay Cree of northern Québec have a unexpectedly high rate of diabetes. Their method of their solution was taken from their culture: A Talking Circle in print. Cree health representatives choose people with diabetes whose stories they thought important. Then they hired…

Mudrooms adds storytelling workshop to December events

Juneau Empire  December 10, 2017 Summary:   Now in their seventh season, Mudrooms is Juneau’s monthly community storytelling event. Each event has a different theme. On Dec. 12, the theme is “Square peg in a round hole.” As with every event, there will be seven storytellers telling seven stories at seven minutes each. Cost is $7.…

The Crying Hour: In an Unorthodox Team-Building Exercise, Bills Players Share Their Life Stories

Sports Illustrated  December 1, 2017 Summary: Last spring, the new Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott started a new tradition: ending many team meeting with a player telling a personal story about his upbringing, his motivation, his influences, what’s most important to him. The first player to tell his story, veteran tackle Jordan Mills said, “It’s…

It still makes sense!: Shona ngano (folktale) and the contemporary Zimbabwean socio-economic and cultural setup

International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 521-529.   2012 Summary: Godwin Makaudze, a professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature, Great Zimbabwe University, examines two folktales and concludes that folktales “continue to be a very meaningful and quite serious way of exposing, explaining and shaping reality.” He makes several recommendations, including: making folklore…