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Lynette Ford

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 
  • 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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