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The Arts Council says it’s Storytelling time in September

Beth Horner

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is proud to announce their storytellers for the 2011 Storytelling festival, to be held downtown at the Arts Council campus Sept. 9-10.

(These storytellers) are as hilarious as they are inspirational and I know they will make this a very special year,” said Rachel Findley, storytelling festival director said.

“I especially can’t wait to hear what they come up with for the joint workshop they do together called ‘Finding Your Own Voice.’ It is truly a treat to see these tellers work together and play off one another, and this is sure to be a memorable year.”

The festival consists of two evening performances and a late-night session of ghost stories that are all intended for adults, with a special kid-friendly matinee.

Donald Davis

In addition, the performers share their art with elementary students, children with disabilities, seniors in long-term care facilities and at-risk students in the week long Community Outreach program.

With four featured storytellers of diverse backgrounds, audiences are sure to relate to their colorful, humorous and inspirational stories. Donald Davis, from North Carolina, recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers.

Davis is a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institute and a guest host for the National Public Radio Program “Good Evening.”

Onawumi Jean Moss, a Tennessee native, is known for her content-rich, thought-provoking and entertaining presentations that inspire inter-generational audiences.

Bill Lepp, a champion and veteran of the West Virginia Liar’s contest, explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

Lepp is an award winning teller, author and recording artist who has received a Parent’s Choice Approval award and a NAPPA Honors award.

Beth Horner, Missouri-born and Chicago based, is nationally acclaimed and known for her vivacious stage presence, comic sensibility along with a warm energetic style.  Horner is a storytelling Circle of Excellence award recipient, has worked for NASA collecting stories and has recorded on Live from National Geographic.  For more information on this event, call 405-270-4848 or visit us online at

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