Four Corners Storytelling Festival Back to the Farmington Public Libary
  • Friday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 15

A Free EventFriday, October 14
WORKSHOPS – register online
10:00 am – Imagineering: Creating Stories Quickly with Eldrena Douma (click here to register) for the workshop with Eldrena Douma)
1:00 pm – Energizing Your Stories with Beth Horner
(click here to register)for the workshop with Beth Horner)

5:30 pm – Bedtime stories, with Beth Horner and Eldrena Douma
Be sure to wear your jammies!
6:30 pm – Ghost Stories, with Beth Horner, Eldrena Douma, Nancy Donoval, and Andy Offutt Irwin
Recommended for ages 13 and up

A Free EventSaturday, October 15

10:00 am – Story Swap and Brunch
Trade your favorite stories over brunch!
Register online (click here to register)
1:00 pm – Nancy Donoval and Beth Horner
3:00 pm – Eldrena Douma and Andy Offutt Irwin

6:30 pm – Festival Finale with Andy Offutt Irwin, Nancy Donoval, Beth Horner, and Eldrena Douma


The Tellers

Andy Offut-Irwin

Andy Offut-Irwin is one of the most sought-after storytellers in the United States. He is especially known for relating the adventures of his Andy Offut Irwineighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp. October of 2015 marked Andy’s sixth year as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has appeared ten times as Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center. Among other gigs, Andy has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet.

To watch a video clip of Andy follow this link (click here)

Beth Horner

With a comic sensibility and warm, energetic style, Beth Horner possesses a repertoire of stories that has been called “heartfelt, Beth Hornerarticulate and truthful.” Her stories are renowned for their high comedy and stunning drama: from her hysterical childhood farmyard escapades to eerie folktales of her native Missouri, from a side-splitting bawdy spoof on romance novels to a courageous tale drawn from her great-great grandfather’s Civil War diary, and from the humorously inspiring story of a song that motivated change in a city’s sewage policy to her comedic tour-de-force tale told with nothing but the buzzing cadences of a kazoo.
A National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award winner, Beth has been sought after as a storytelling performance and teaching artist since 1983. She has performed multiple times at the National Storytelling Festival, on Live From National Geographic, at Miami’s International Art of Storytelling Festival, and most recently served as narrative consultant for NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Story Mining project for which she collected the stories of the scientists behind the Apollo Space Missions.

To watch a video clip of Beth follow this link (click here)

Eldrena Douma

 A former classroom teacher turned Professional Storyteller since 1991, Eldrena Douma is an educator that travels throughout the United States Eldrena Doumasharing stories, teaching and encouraging the use of imagination, creative thinking and writing.
Her performances include stories for young children and adults.  Her workshops focus on quick creative thinking, writing and learning to tell a story. Her travels have taken her to Festivals, Museums, Universities, Public and Private Schools, Public and School Libraries, Adult Care Facilities, Conferences, Military Bases, Corporations, State & City Parks, Tribal and BIA Schools, to teach and perform storytelling and to present workshops on creative thinking and writing.

Nancy Donoval

Nancy Donoval’s work has been heard on Minnesota and Chicago PublicRadio and she is an audience and critical favorite at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has Nancy Donovalperformed at venues as varied as the National Storytelling Festival, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and the WisCon Feminist Science Fiction Convention. With a special affinity for finding humor in the hard stuff, Nancy tells stories about the moments that change us: first kisses and lost loves, bigamist great-grandfathers and dancing rats in Paris, and the untimely death of a parent. Her work explores the way memory shapes our sense of self-how stories rise from the compelling human need to give voice, to name our experience so we can understand it.

To watch a clip of Nancy follow this link (click here)

The Youth Storytellers

Bailey Perkins
Bailey PerkinsBailey Perkins is twelve years old and in 8th grade. Bailey loves storytelling and is so happy to be part of the festival. Bailey likes to write her own stories and likes to make them up and be as creative as she can be. She enjoys meeting people and knows the importance of academic standards and says it is fun to learn and meet your goals.
Bria Cohen
Bria CohenBria Cohen is a 6th grader at Hermosa Middle School. Bria likes to walk her dog Sally and enjoys riding her bike around her neighborhood. She loves to bake and cook for her family. Bria also enjoys photography. When Bria is older, she wants to be a doctor because she wants to be able to help others. This year will be Bria’s second year performing at the festival and she loves telling funny stories.
Alexandria Burnham
Alexandria BurnhamAlexandria Burnham is thirteen years old and is in 8th grade. She loves to read and spends her time writing stories or riding on her bike. Her favorite books are the Jane Austen Diaries by Jenny James. Her Favorite subjects are reading and English. Alex has been playing the flute for two years and performed in her school talent show. This is her third year participating in the Storytelling Festival.
Hannah Wiebe
Hannah WiebeHannah Wiebe is a 12 year old homeschool student and this is her third year telling stories at the festival. Hannah enjoys telling funny stories and enjoys the summer theater, cake decorating, gymnastics, choir, and horse riding.   Hannah loves horses and wants a horse of her own, someday.
Samantha DeWees
Smantha DeWeesSamantha DeWees is 17 and about to turn 18 this fall. At Piedra Vista, she runs track, winning state last year, and plays volleyball. In the little free time she has, Sam likes to read, write, and be lazy. Starting in 2006, Sam has told stories at the Festival for the past 10 years, this year being her 11th. Every year Samantha has told a story written by Robert Munsch, starting with one of her favorites, Paper Bag Princess. Samantha loves to act silly and make people laugh which makes storytelling the perfect pastime for her.