Who is Lyn Ford?
  • A fourth-generation, nationally recognized, Affrilachian* storyteller.
  • A teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and workshop facilitator with both OAAE and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center.
  • A Thurber House mentor.
  • A writer, published in storytelling magazines and newsletters, as well as teachers' enrichment books and story anthologies, editorial collaborations (in 2018, look for: Boo-Tickle Tales; Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs; The Promise of Peace, works of heart with friend and fellow storyteller Sherry Norfolk), and her own books.
  • A recording artist with award-winning CDs.
  • A Laughter Yoga Teacher and breath mechanic.  Go to my page, Laughter, Breath, Joy!, for more information!
  • A storytelling, creative-writing workshop, and interactive keynote presenter.
  • A happy partner-in-life, mama, grandmama, great-grandmama, and good cook!
*Afrilachian or Affrilachian:
of  African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia
(Much gratitude to Frank X Walker, for creating this wonderful word!)
What are "Home-Fried" Tales?
  • Folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories rooted in Lyn's family's multicultural Afrilachian storytelling traditions.
  • Stories and storytelling programs, often enriched with call and response, choral response, rhythm and rhyme, humor and heart.
  • Lyn's tribute to her favorite storyteller, her father, Edward M. Cooper, who was the best storyteller Lyn ever heard, and the worst cook in the family (with a few exceptions, like barbecue, dandelion greens, and home-fried potatoes!).

Recent quote about Lyn's work, posted at the OAAE Website:

"Lyn Ford's program connected directly to our Native American Heritage Night and to our mission to share great storytelling with children and adults in the community. Her storytelling was phenomenal. I supervised the program and was enthralled by her stories and I noticed that all the children and adults present loved it too. She was a wonderful programmer in all ways and really helped enhance our program!" - central Ohio library

Contact Lyn for more information:
or through
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
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