Schedule (subject to change)

Events are free to the public unless otherwise noted.


  • Thursday, April 26



“Story Lounge”

6:30 pm – 8 pm (Doors open at 6 pm), 21+

$5 Suggested Donation

Sophie’s Artist and Cocktail Lounge, 3224 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103

MC: Beverly Brennan


Story Lounge is a new monthly storytelling series that celebrates the art of storytelling. With support from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, the 2018’s Festival Presenting Sponsor, new, emerging and experienced storytellers alike from any storytelling genre tell tales in a relaxed, classy environment in the cultural heart of the city.



  • Friday, April 27



“The Story of Two-Spirit People”

7 pm


Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63117

Storyteller: Raven Heavy Runner


Raven Heavy Runner is one of many Two Spirit voices in the western United States, reclaiming a tradition that European colonization had nearly extinguished among Native Americans. Currently a social worker with the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington State, Raven continues to be active in the revival of Two Spirit awareness nationwide. He will talk about the history and context of Two-Spirit people in Native American communities, and then share Native American tales. Raven is presented at the Festival with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



  • Saturday, April 28



“Kiener Kids: Stretch Your Body, Stretch Your Mind”

9 am (storytelling begins at 10 am)

FREE; pre-register at  

Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63101

Storyteller: Sherry Norfolk


The Gateway Arch National Park Foundation, with additional support from the Whitaker Foundation, present a morning of yoga and storytelling. Enjoy the unique urban park setting in Kiener Plaza with light yoga, storytelling and games. Stretch the body and the imagination!




“Wayuu Myth and Cumbia Dance”

11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Arts Guild of St. Louis, 12 North Jackson Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Storytellers: Grupo Atlántico


This program will blend words, movement and music by way of poetry and storytelling, bringing to audiences a myth of the Wayuu Indigenous group of the Guajira peninsula of Colombia and Western Venezuela. The storytelling will be followed by a poem highlighting the tri-ethnicity of our best-known dance, the cumbia. Presented in collaboration with CASEfest (Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment) and St. Louis Artists’ Guild.






1 pm – 4 pm


St. Louis Central Library, Auditorium (Lower level), 1301 Olive Street, St Louis, Missouri 63103

Emcee: Marilyn Sue Warren


Gateway Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), St Louis Public Library, and Missouri Humanities Council, host one part of a nation-wide series of StorytellersX events. StorytellersX events are presented in TEDx-style, featuring local veterans who are leaders within their communities, giving veterans the opportunity to share their unique stories and provide an opportunity for community members to gain an understanding of the veteran experience.  




“Nature Storytelling at Babler State Park”

7 pm


Babler State Park, 800 Guy Park Dr, Wildwood, MO 63005

Storytellers: TBD


Campers, families or anybody else wanting to heighten their outdoor experience through stories are invited to this family-friendly event. Storytellers will share tales drawn from nature, the outdoors, and the wild unknown!



  •  Monday, April 30



UMSL Center for the Humanities Noon Series

“Storytelling and Community”

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


UMSL Center for the Humanities, Gallery 210 in Campus Police Building

Storyteller: Lynn Rubright


Multiple award-winning storyteller and St. Louis Storytelling Festival co-founder Lynn Rubright presents stories drawn from a lifetime of experience. She will also address the power of storytelling as applied in many contexts and applications.  




 “Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure” documentary screening and Q & A

7 pm

$10; ticket purchase link TBD

St. Louis Science Center IMAX theater, 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Storyteller / Q & A respondent: Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi


As a follow-up to the 2017 total solar eclipse, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival joins forces with the St. Louis Science Center to present a screening of the documentary film “Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure”. Produced by award-winning cultural astronomer Dr. Jarita Holbrook, Black Suns is a compelling story about chasing eclipses and science dreams, chronicling the lives of two African-American astrophysicists as they chase the eclipses of 2012. The film will be followed by a live Q & A with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics & Space Science at Florida Institute of Technology and one of the documentary subjects




  • Tuesday, May 1



“Storytelling 101 for Veterans”

5:30 – 7:30 pm

FREE, but pre-registration is required. Contact Lisa Overholser, 314-266-4833,

Jefferson Barracks, 345 North Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125

Storyteller/Workshop Leader: Jim Gerst


Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Open to veterans from any period of service who would like to learn how to shape their experiences into a story.




“Then and Now: Apprentice Journeys with Deb Swanegan”

7 pm; registration link TBD


The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103


The Missouri Folk Arts Program, an organization that builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, sustaining and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folklife, presents Deb Swanegan in a live oral history, as she relays traditional tales crafted in her journey from apprentice to master storyteller.  Regional traditional storytellers will also share traditional stories.



  • Wednesday, May 2


PUBLIC STORYTELLING SITES for schools and other groups

Brentwood Recreational Complex, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis City Public Library branches, St. Louis County Public Library branches, Crown Center for Senior Living, St. Charles City-County Library – Spencer Road Branch.




“Catch the Storytelling Bug! A workshop for librarians”

10 am – 12 pm

FREE, but pre-registration is required. Contact, 314.727.3150.

University City Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130

Storyteller/Instructor: Annette Harrison


Join the magic circle of storytelling! Learn how to joyfully jump into a story, get to know the characters and learn the plot. Award-winning storyteller Annette Harrison will playfully take you through the fundamentals of getting a story ready to tell. Come ready to catch the storytelling bug! This workshop is for Librarians, want-to-be librarians or anyone else who wants to tell a good story.




“Developing and Telling Family/Personal Stories”

10 am – 12 pm

FREE, but pre-registration required, link TBD

Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Urban Impact Center, 9041 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO  63137

Storyteller/Instructor: Gladys Coggswell, with Angela Williams


Some of the most poignant stories ever told or heard are family stories. Many contain lessons of survival, hope, history and values. Learn the when, where, why and how of developing tellable family/personal stories. Your audiences will want to hear more and may even become inspired to tell their own personal or family stories.




“Storytelling 101: A Teaching Tool to Discuss Cultural Differences”

3:30 – 5:30 pm

FREE, but pre-registration is required. CEU Credit available.

MU Extension – St. Louis County Office, 132 E. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, MO  63122

Storyteller/Instructor: Deb Swanegan


In this 2-hour workshop designed for K-12 educators in any discipline, participants will learn how to utilize all of the resources at their disposal to teach in an increasingly multicultural world. When storytelling is used effectively by resourceful educators, cultural chasms can be bridged, and the fear of being “politically incorrect” can be erased. Students will be able to learn in an active participation mode, an enhanced repertoire of teaching techniques can be utilized, and best of all, the learning outcomes are improved and internalized. K-12 educators from any discipline are welcome to attend; storytelling materials will be provided.




Opening Festival Reception and Concert

6 pm (VIP light buffet reception) – Urban Ballroom at .ZACK, 4th floor - $80 suggested minimum donation

7:30 pm (Public Concert) --  .ZACK Theater, 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103, $20


The official kick-off for the 2018 Festival! Join MU Extension Community Arts Program and Master of Ceremonies Perrin Stifel in our Opening Concert at 7:30 pm as we welcome 2018 Festival Featured Storytellers David Gonzalez, Bobby Norfolk, Regi Carpenter, Alton Chung, Gayle Ross, and Donald Davis who will share “teaser tales” to preview upcoming Festival events.


You are also welcome to join us in a pre-concert VIP reception at 6 pm in the upstairs Urban Ballroom where we commemorate and give thanks to the many sponsors, donors and friends of the Festival who make the Festival possible.  Join us for this special night of art, stories, food and music!



  • Thursday, May 3


PUBLIC STORYTELLING SITES for schools and other groups

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis City Public Library branches, St. Louis County Public Library branches, St. Charles City-County Library – Kathryn Linneman Branch, University City Library, Missouri Botanical Garden.



“Back in the Day…”

11 am: (Adult - Retired)

Free, but limited seating so registration requested. Call Laura Press-Milner at (314) 442-3255.

St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) at the Jewish Community Center

#2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146  


In this special collaboration with the “Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment Festival and Maturity and Its Muse, a non-profit that promotes positive and productive aging through the arts, regional storytellers Deb Swanegan and Jim Two Crows Wallen share stories from “Back in the Day…” for adult and senior audiences.




“The Japanese-American Experience of WWII”

4 pm – 5 pm


Cortex Innovation Center - Havana Room, 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110


At the weekly Venture Café gathering, Featured Festival Storyteller Alton Chung shares stories that offer a glimpse into the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Internment Camps, and the creation of the all Japanese-American 100th Battalion and 442 Regimental Combat Team.




“Thursday Later Tales I: An Evening of Storytelling for Adults”

7 pm

$5 suggested donation

The Marcelle, 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis, MO 63103

Storytellers: Bobby Norfolk, Donald Davis and Regi Carpenter


Featured Storytellers will perform fuller-length stories for adults.   




“Thursday Later Tales II: An Evening of Storytelling for Adults”

7 pm

$5 suggested donation

.ZACK Theater, 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103

Storytellers: Gayle Ross, David Gonzalez


Featured Storytellers will perform fuller-length stories for adults.  




“Thursday Later Tales: Stories from the Asian World”

7 pm

$5 suggested donation

Learning Studio, UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St, St. Louis, MO

Storytellers: Alton Chung, MMC Starlight Goodwill Youth Ambassadors


Our MMC Starlight Goodwill Youth Ambassadors from Taiwan will join Featured Festival Storyteller Alton Chung for an evening of family-friendly tales from around the Asian world.




“Deaf Storytelling Program for Adults”

7 pm


GSLAD, 2190 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Storyteller: Peter Cook


World-renowned ASL storyteller Peter Cook will entertain adult audiences at the Greater St. Louis Association for the Deaf.



  • Friday, May 4


STORYTELLING SITES for schools and other groups

Brentwood Recreational Complex, St. Louis County Public Library branches, St. Charles City-County Library – Middendorf-Kredell Branch, University City Library, Missouri Botanical Garden, Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site.




“Art as Social Justice: Social Justice as Art” Storytelling Walking Tour

9 am – 11:30 am;  for any groups of 10-100 ages 13+.

FREE, but pre-registration is required at 314-266-4833, or

Old Courthouse Gallery (beginning stop) – Kiener Plaza – Citygarden (ending stop)

Storytellers: TBD


A special project sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation. Join us in a walking storytelling tour of downtown city parks exploring the unique, place-based connections between art, social justice, and activism. (Re)-Discover the important cultural and physical assets of St. Louis’ downtown city park areas, and hear the stories of the art, artists, and personalities that are commemorated here.




K-12 Deaf Storytelling Program with Peter Cook

11:30 – 1 pm.

Becky-David Elementary School – Francis - Howell School

District (event held at Jungs Station Baptist Church)

1120 Jungs Station Road, St. Charles, MO 63303


K-12 deaf and hard-of-hearing students will enjoy the stories shared by Peter Cook: Performer, Presenter, Writer, Teacher, and ASL advocate.




WORKSHOP: “Storytelling 101 for Beginners, with Donald Davis”

1 pm – 3 pm

FREE, but pre-registration is required

Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Storyteller/Instructor: Donald David


Beloved storyteller Donald Davis shares tips and techniques for budding storytellers and those wanting to learn about storytelling from the ground up.






“Friday Later Tales for Adults: Stories that Inspire”

7 pm


Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church

Featured Storytellers: David Gonzalez, Gayle Ross, Donald Davis, Bobby Norfolk, Regi Carpenter, Alton Chung and Peter Cook.


Join our Festival Featured Storytellers in stories that inspire!




  • Saturday, May 5




“Story Time in the Commons: Care for the Environment”

9 am: (Family) 

FREE, but registration is required. Bring blankets and/or chairs for seating.

NineNet Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO

Storyteller: TBD


Come and enjoy this special family reading program that includes storytelling, visuals on the big screen, crafts, games, and other family activities geared towards young children. Life-size storybook characters The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 will be available for photos with children. Storytime in the Commons is part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative and is presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Library.




“WORKSHOP: Personal Experience Narrative In ASL Storytelling”

9 am – 12 pm

FREE, but pre-registration is required.

St. Charles County Extension Office, 260 Brown Rd, St Peters, MO 63376.

Storyteller/Instructor: Peter Cook


Peter Cook will lead this workshop for deaf interpreters, educators and anybody wanting to incorporate personal experience narrative in ASL storytelling. CEU credit is available.




“Missouri’s Great Outdoors”

10:30 am


Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021

Storyteller: TBD


Enjoy the great outdoors through stories! Join us at Shelter XX for tales of life outside.




Ruthilde Kronberg Youth Storytelling Concert

10 am


University City Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO  63130


Join budding storytellers, grades 3-12, for a special storytelling treat. This year’s youth concert will feature the digital stories created by youth campers from our “Telling the Stories of the Stars” Summers at Mizzou Camp, as well as our Fall 2017 G.H.O.S.T. Youth Storytelling Program tellers. Don’t miss this special event!






“Stories from Time and Space”

11 am; Family


Challenger Learning Center, 205 Brotherton Ln, St. Louis, MO 63135

Storyteller: Sherry Norfolk


Back due to popular demand, Storyteller Sherry Norfolk engages audiences with stories of times and spaces far, far away.





“Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World”

10:30 am; Family


Teatopia, 2606 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118

Storyteller: David Gonzalez


As part of Cherokee Street’s annual Cinco de Mayo Festivities, David Gonzalez will share bi-lingual stories to introduce children and families to the richness of the people and cultures of the Latino world.




“Teen Rap Crisis II – Performance and Q & A”

2 pm


Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

Storytellers: St. Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective


Coinciding with The Talking Cure exhibit at the Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery, Teen Rap Crisis II is a humanities-based project designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American youth, ages 15-24.  This performance is a culmination of collaborative work reflecting upon Bobby Norfolk’s original 25-year-old Teen Rap Crisis. It follows a morning performance and discussion at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center with Bobby Norfolk, KP Dennis, Howard Cox, and Professor Sean Joe from Washington University, a scholar in Black male adolescent self-destructive behavior and related societal causes and implications.





“Historical Stories”

2 pm


First Missouri State Capital Historic Site, 200 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301.

Storytellers: TBD


Join storytellers at Missouri’s Historic First State Capital Site, as they share tales of Missouri history.





Native-American Stories with Gayle Ross

2 pm

Free, but registration requested by calling 618-346-5160

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville, IL  62234


Internationally renowned storyteller Gayle Ross shares traditional stories.




Storytelling Grand Showcase Concert

7:30 pm

Suggested Donation of $10, payable at door

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121


Join us in our Grand Showcase Concert as all of our Featured Festival storytellers perform their signature stories!



  • Tuesday, May 8


“Second Tuesdays: Superheroes .. who you caping for?”

7 pm

$5 suggested donation

Urb Arts, 2600 N 14th St, St. Louis, MO 63106

Open-mic at the door


Second Tuesdays is an inclusive, monthly storytelling event in St. Louis for both veteran and novice storytellers that above all elevates people of color. Tell us your stories of blindly defending someone no matter how wrong they are, or of being saved when you knew you didn't deserve it.