Four Fabulous Tellers Coming to The Gathering 2021


Adam Booth

Adam’s original storytelling blends traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A focus on craft propels his handling of story. Career highlights include Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center (three times), the National Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). He is a member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, and five Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.

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Laura Packer

Laura has been telling stories her whole life. She has performed, taught, coached, listened, and dreamed around the world. Her book, From Audience to Zeal:The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story was a 2020 Storytelling World Winner and in 2020 Laura was inducted into NSN’s Circle of Excellence. Laura believes stories matter, and that everyone has a story to tell and a mind to listen, and the capacity to do good in the world. She also believes that a good cuppa tea is part of the answer to most problems.

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Baba Jamal Koram

Baba Jamal Koram, B.A., M.S., and Ed.S,. is an African American storyteller of great distinction. He has travelled the world sharing his stories of resilience and the creative excellence of Africans in America. He has earned the title of Griot by his example of leadership and guardianship of African American culture. He is the recipient of several storytelling and academic awards. He has served as the president of the National Association of Black Storytellers.

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Carrie Sue Ayvar

How is it that an Arabic surnamed, Eastern European Jewish girl from Pittsburgh, PA tells multicultural stories in Spanish and English? Perhaps it is because she is a 3rd generation award-winning storyteller who came of age in Mexico. Blending traditional, international & personal tales, bilingual storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar (EYE BAR) takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English.

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