LYN FORD, STORYTELLER
Who is Lyn Ford?
- A fourth-generation, nationally recognized, Affrilachian* storyteller.
- A teaching artist and workshop facilitator with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.
- 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 and Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs; in fall of 2019, look for: Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work and Wonder, 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:
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education