Beverly specializes in telling personal stories from her adventurous life as well as folk tales and other stories from around the world. She enjoys telling interactive stories to children and adults who are young at heart. Her stories may be combined with hand puppets, songs and/or Celtic harp music.
Steve draws on his writing and stage experience in a wide variety of media, including short stories, magic, playwriting, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, and improv, to craft personal stories that are alternatively moving, thought provoking, and hilarious. He also tells folk tales and children’s stories, enhancing children’s events with a little bit of magic.
Stories connect us! Stories have power! Lyn most enjoys sharing that power and those connections with adult audiences through original stories drawn from real-life experiences. Her themed programs include, “Once in a Lifetime,” “What if…?,” and “Strong Women.” She will work to tailor performances for specific audiences.
Jeff developed his talents telling stories around the campfire and specializes in telling scary and funny stories to kids of all ages. Mixing humor, scare, and surprise, Jeff’s tales are great at Halloween parties, camp-outs, or Scout meetings.
Kim Fairley is memoirist and the author of “Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition” which chronicled the Arctic expedition of her great grandfather, Clarence Wyckoff. Her latest book, to be released in July 2021 by She Writes Press, is titled “Shooting Out the Lights: A Memoir.” Kim attended the University of Southern California and holds an MFA in Mixed Media from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor.
I am a retired classroom teacher so have many stories to tell. I am currently on the Ann Arbor School Board, and will continue to be if I’m re-elected in November. Occasionally I’ll tell stories on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jeff.gaynor.18/)
Stories I’ve told for the AASG include: * A Pair of Precipitous Paths; * Parents, Police and Predicaments; * Leaving Las Vegas; * My Mean Brother Michael; * Arrested; and * Lost and Found (If not yet, then soon); with a few more in the pipeline.
Jill is a storyteller, poet, tree-and-people hugger, teacher, seeker, activist, and work-in-progress who writes and tells to help love the world into being. She enjoys sharing stories about relationships, nature, community, self-discovery, social justice and equality kids, zen, and peace.
Laura Lee Hayes
Laura Lee grew up crafting stories from snippets of fairy tales, movies and family stories. She learned to listen to the stories people told during her year traveling with the Ringling Circus. She has a passion for being outdoors where she listens to tales that nature unfolds. Shaped by her experience, interwoven with this rich legacy of gathered lore, her stories rise up from her heart, mysterious, and longing to be told.
Mythology, the Irish love of language, and her outrageous family and theatrical background inspire the writing, performance, and teaching of this award-winning storyteller and artist educator. As an approved artist for the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council and Wolf Trap Arts in Education programs, grant funding is available. Video and audio samples are available along with program details on her website.
I shouldn’t sing, I can’t play an instrument and my drawing is poor. My ancient art is storytelling which satisfies my right brain vs. left brain as an engineer. I began to tell at family gatherings. I love myths and legends and fables. I’m an introvert but the ham in me is very comfortable on stage.
A retired elementary teacher, Linda engages young and old listeners with folk tales and lessons. Puppets may appear! Her spiritual stories have far reaching effects. Linda is also a Board member of Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue (FMAR). Residing in Ft. Myers, FL during winter months, Linda is available to tell in southwest FL venues.
Darryl began his spinning of stories shortly after his siblings were born; they became his first audience. Darryl is a retired Detroit Public School teacher and currently he teaches Tai Chi for fun. Darryl joined the AASG in 2002 and has performed in many storytelling concerts with the Guild. Darryl enjoys interpreting multicultural folktales, writing his own, and developing his personal and family stories. I am a self-published author of Haiku Rebellion in Utopia.
Jennifer Pahl Otto
Jennifer creates and tells original stories. Her personal narratives and contemporary tales hit the universal themes we all relate to – love, death, humor, grief, family, growth. Her children’s stories are fun and quirky, and any life lessons come with a light touch. Mead Hill has published four books of her children’s stories: Lavender Hill Farm, A House for Mr. Mouse, Blueberry, and Princess Hippopotamus. They are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Perfectly at home in a library, museum, classroom, workshop for teachers and youth, or seniors’ group, Judy tells tales from around the world to engage your mind and speak to your soul. A quilter as well as a storyteller, Judy combines both enthusiasms with Quilts and Stories sessions for all ages.
Judy Sima is one of Michigan’s favorite storytellers. She has been featured at conferences and festivals, schools and libraries throughout Michigan and in twenty other states and Canada. A retired middle school librarian, Judy has been entertaining audiences since 1983. Judy has introduced many young people and adults to the art of storytelling and is considered to be “The Pied Piper of Storytelling in Metro Detroit.” Some call her the “Fairy Godmother” of Storytelling as she continually helps beginning and experienced storytellers improve their craft. For seventeen years Judy coached a middle school student storytelling troupe resulting in her award winning book, Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes. She is the recipient of two National Storytelling Network Oracle Awards for “Service and Leadership” as well as “Distinguished National Service.” Judy is the current president of the Detroit Story League, and the editor of “MI Story,” the only electronic calendar listing public storytelling events in Michigan.
As my life has leaned heavily towards the arts, it is becoming clear that storytelling
is a sort of art I am interested in cultivating.
Currently, my artistic adventures take me to my clay studio, which was before that my stained glass studio, which before that was my mosaic studio.
I always have my sewing machine set up with a project underway.
Thinking up new dishes to create with whatever is growing in my garden keeps my mind filled with positive, nutritious thoughts.
If you are still reading this and interested, I have spent several years in the wood shop learning how to create marquetry pieces using a scroll saw.
I have given many workshops on making concrete leaves and stepping stones for garden art.
Prior to this, I was a professional photographic technician, and photographer, “back in the day” before it all went digital. All my compatriots from this day agree this is a lost art.
Fortunately, there are more arts to be found, happy to still be a part of this artful life!
Rich is a retired corporate lawyer, a member of the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild and a Moth storyteller. Rich started fishing at age 7, and that’s when he started telling stories, some true. Now, Rich looks for the humor in everyday life, and that’s the source material for most of his stories. He tells a mix of true stories and stories of questionable authenticity.
Lorelle Otis Thomas
Lorelle came to storytelling by way of art history. In the MFA Illustration program at Syracuse University she realized all history is just stories about memorable people! She went on to teach a university history of design and illustration class where she told artists’ individual stories to make history come alive.
She still tells stories about fascinating people. But now, more often, she tells about family and personal events and comical situations. She believes that stories about common experiences make us realize how much we all share and help us relate to each other.
Lorelle is a watercolor painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. She designed the guild’s “Birds Telling Stories” logo. For several years she has created the bird illustrations for the guild concert programs.
Kathleen has been a teacher and storyteller for over twenty five years. Her storytelling experiences include a traveling preschool program; special events; bookstore, library, and school appearances; and telling in her own elementary classroom. Whether her stories hold listeners in a spellbinding moment or make them clutch their bellies laughing, kids and grown-ups alike come away with a grin on their lips and a twinkle in their eye.