Join us for the 27th annual Iowa Storytelling Festival, July 24-25 in Clear Lake.
Three wonderful tellers will be the featured performers at the 2015 Iowa Storytelling Festival scheduled for July 24 and 25: Janice Del Negro of Brookfield, IL; Jeff Doyle of Brighton, MI; and Maureen Korte of Des Moines. Other visiting Iowa storytellers will also be performing at the festival’s Story Exchange.
Janice M. Del Negro has performed, lectured, and “author-visited” extensively throughout the United States. Her specialties include retelling traditional folktales, with a gentle emphasis on women and ghosts. Of her storytelling, Janice says, “I am a storyteller who excavates and decorates the bones of traditional folk and fairy tales as an invitation to others to do the same.” She is a tenured professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She has participated in Storytelling Festivals across the Nation. As an author, she has published Folktales Aloud, (2014), Passion and Poison (2007) her collection of supernatural tales for young adults, and her second picture book, Willa and the Wind (2005). She and Ellin Greene collaborated on the classic textbook Storytelling: Art & Technique.
Jeff Doyle started telling stories around the campfire at the family campout when his kids were elementary age. His first story was The Blue Ape, which the kids asked to hear over and over again. When the kids requested new material, Jeff eagerly took to the task, eventually becoming the hit of campfire time. He joined the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild in 2005 and his passion for developing and refining this art form has intensified with each performance. Jeff enjoys telling all types of tales, but specializes in funny stories and scary stories, which range from the somewhat scary to the truly terrifying. Jeff is an ardent believer that his audience should have fun and be entertained.
Maureen Korte is a popular Des Moines storyteller who delights audiences throughout the Midwest with her traditional and contemporary tales. She especially enjoys sharing tales of her Irish-American heritage. Maureen is well known for her creative audience participation stories and her appeal to listeners of all ages.
On Saturday in the Story Tent in beautiful Clear Lake City Park there will be two performances by our featured story tellers: “Stories for Kids of All Ages” at 10:30 a.m. and “Teller’s Choice” at 2 p.m. Persons of all ages are welcome to both performances, and young families are particularly encouraged to attend the morning session. All Saturday storytelling activities are free. Other visiting storytellers will also be performing at the “Story Exchange” at noon.
The Iowa Storytelling Festival is funded by the Clear Lake Library Foundation with assistance from the Friends of the Library. For more information on the Iowa Storytelling Festival or to sign up for the story exchange, contact the library at 641-357-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.