Welcome to the storytelling side of Story and Forge. From the menu on the left you will find out about Miss Louise the storyteller, the programs she offers, and comments from listeners who enjoy her performances.
Growing up I was predominately a story listener, spellbound by the stories
my father told. No matter how often he repeated the same story, he always
made it fresh and new. I earned my BA degree from Houghton College in
Houghton, New York. While teaching elementary school, I completed a
master’s degree at SUNY in Stonybrook, New York.
My storytelling career began when I moved to Virginia and found a job in a
public library. For over eighteen years I have been a storytime coordinator
and presenter for the Bedford Public Library System. Besides attending
many workshops and conferences, my training as a storyteller includes
classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I am a proud member of the
Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA), The National Storytelling League (NSL),
and the Old Dominion Blacksmiths Association. I am also listed in the Library
of Virginia’s Performers Directory. I have been featured at several Virginia
libraries as part of their Summer Reading Series.
Among my performances are Bedford and Campbell County Libraries, as well
as Fluvanna County Library in Fork Union, and the James L. Hamner Public
Library in Amelia, VA. Using my side blue eyes and shock of white hair as
natural props, I am at home with a variety of venues. I design programs for
libraries, school, civic organizations, and churches. My audiences range
from preschool age to senior citizens.