Courtesy of Maple Woods Metropolitan Community College
If it’s autumn in Kansas City, it’s time to gather around and hear a good story. Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods will present its sixteenth annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration at locations around Kansas City, including several libraries.
More than twenty public events will entertain a variety of audiences, including senior citizens, schoolchildren and families. All are free and open to the public.
The kickoff of this year’s festival will take place from 7 to 9:00 pm on November 4 at MCC-Maple Woods’ Student Center, Rooms 132 A and B. It will include appearances by this year’s four featured storytellers. The featured tellers will also be center stage on November 7 for a full day of storytelling fun and excitement at MCC-Maple Woods Campus Center and Student Center starting at 9:30 am.
This year’s featured storytellers include the following: Milbre Burch, a Columbia resident and a Grammy-nominated recording artist who tells original works; Baba Jamal Koram of Alexandria, Virginia, who prides himself on being an organic storyteller; Bil Lepp of South Charleston, West Virginia, who calls himself a “champion liar" and tells outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories; Olga Loya of San Jose, California, who is a nationally known Latina storyteller, performance artist, keynote speaker, and author.
The Storytelling Celebration features narratives and experiences from all genres: folk tales, fairytales, tall tales, fantasy, fiction, and personal life stories. For a complete list of events and tellers, visit the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration website at kcstorytelling.org.