Telling Stories

Posted Thursday January 8 by Carrie Greene

Storytelling presentation by Joe Bruchac, Abenaki storyteller, poet, and writer. Friday, January 9 at 7 pm in Goodrich Hall. Sponsored by the Gaudino Fund under its theme, "At What Cost" and part of the Book Unbound Initiative. Free and open to the public; appropriate for students, adults, and children ages 10 and up.

Joseph Bruchac holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in literature and creative writing from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. He spent eight years directing a college program at a maximum-security prison through Skidmore College. Bruchac is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. His “Keepers” series, including the best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, has received acclaim for its integration of science and folklore. His books are used in classrooms throughout the country. He and his wife founded both the Greenfield Review Literary Center and Greenfield Review Press. His honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children’s Literature, and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Bruchac’s writing draws heavily from his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands. Bruchac has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and has been featured at several storytelling festivals. He also visits schools and leads storytelling programs while discussing Native cultures.