Diane Edgecomb – Storyteller and Author

One of America’s most beloved storytellers, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales bringing each story to vibrant life. Her engaging performances include elements of theatre, movement and song while her warmth and invitation to participate brings today’s family audiences into the heart of the moment. Diane has been a featured storyteller on National Public Radio and at the International Storytelling Center. She is the winner of the ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast as well as five Storytelling World awards and a Parent’s Choice Silver. Aside from her work as a storyteller, Diane is a published author avid gardener and bird enthusiast! She is also the author of “A Fire in My Heart,” the first collection of Kurdish folktales to be published in English.
Publisher’s Weekly called her, “an entire cast rolled into one!”

Joseph Bruchac – Author/Storyteller Visit, Native American (Abenaki) writer, storyteller and musician

Northeastern Native American cultures, histories and traditions through my writing and storytelling or workshop programs in which students write their own poems and stories and/or do their own storytelling. Also, themes of respect for one’s self and others, conflict resolution, and character development are built into all of my presentations.

Bureau of Lectures – Joe “The Trick Star” Odhiambo

Through his incredible basketball skills, tons of student interaction, and even more resonant message, Joe will show your students that all people can succeed in life through these five attributes Joe believes in:
• Faith in Yourself: Believing in one’s ability regardless of what others say.
• Persistence: Ability to endure hardship, keep working hard until you attain your goals.
• Patience: Working long hard hours because you understand what it takes to succeed through practice.
• Working Hard. Understanding that there is no short-cut to anywhere worth going.
• Responsibility: Follow through with what needs to be done to get the job done.

Alicia Quintano Storytelling Performances & Writing Workshops

The world is full of narratives, in stories, in songs, in how we experience our everyday lives. Alicia Quintano began telling her own stories when she was in 5th grade to her little sister in the middle of the night. Since then she has written stories and songs for performance and taught writing workshops across the country at diverse venues including colleges and universities; libraries; parks; schools; and arts festivals. Her goal as a writing teacher is to encourage students to take joy in tapping their own creativity and to share their stories with confidence when reading aloud.