Storytelling Festivals

(Alphabetical Order)

Almost Bugaboo Springs Storytelling Festival, Denton, Texas


The Ark Storytelling Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Azalea Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, Georgia


Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival, Elkhart, Indiana


By the Light of the Moon Storytelling Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada


Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Morehead, Kentucky


Cherokee Rose Storytelling Festival, Carrollton, Georgia


Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, Peoria, Illinois


Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Louisville, Kentucky


Detroit Storytelling Festival, Detroit, Michigan


Florida Storytelling Camp, Eustis, Florida


Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, Washington


Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Geneva, Illinois


Harvest Moon Festival, Grand Rivers, Kentucky


Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival, Oneida, Tennessee


Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana


Illinois Storytelling Festival, Chicago, Illinois


Iron Mountain Storytelling Festival, Lake Wales, Florida


Jackson Storyfest, Jackson, Michigan


Laughing Tales & Terrifying Tales, Dayton, Ohio


Michigan Storytelling Festival, Flint, Michigan


National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee


Northern Kentucky Storytelling Festival, Erlanger, Kentucky


Paris Storytelling Festival, Paris, Kentucky


Riverwinds Storytelling Weekend, Belleville, Illinois


St. Louis Storytelling Festival, St. Louis, Missouri


Smokey Mountains Storytelling Festival, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


Stories by the Sea, Newport, Oregon


Story City Storytelling Festival, Story City, Iowa


Storytelling Festival of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska


Storytelling in the Mountains, Harlan, Kentucky


Spirit of Oklahoma, Bethany,Oklahoma


WinterTales, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Winter Tales, Atlanta, Georgia

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Other Performances

(alphabetical order)

American Studies Seminar, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


Anderson County Senior Citizens Center, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky


Appalachian Educational Laboratory, Lexington, Kentucky


Appalachian Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio


Atria St. Matthews for The Kentucky Center, Louisville, Kentucky


Bady House Story Concert, Brooklyn, New York


Bell’s Tavern Heritage Festival, Park City, Kentucky


Bluegrass Bankers Association, Lexington, Kentucky


Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Frankfort, Kentucky


Carnegie Kentucky Great Writers Series, Lexington, Kentucky


Catholic Information Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, Tishomingo, Oklahoma


Children's Book Festival, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Clemson University's Professional Development Conferences for Women in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky


Coffee, Tea & Stories House Concerts, Louisville & Elizabethtown, Kentucky


Community Harvest Festival, Frankfort, Kentucky


Crown Hill Cemetery Ghost Tales for Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana


Embroiderers' Guild of America Conference, Louisville, Kentucky


Festival on the Square, Greensburg, Kentucky


Foust Artist Series, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky


Frankfort Women’s Club, Frankfort, Kentucky


Girl Scouts Festival of the Arts, Louisville, Kentucky


Grand Theatre Children’s Series, Frankfort, Kentucky


Grapevine Storytelling Series, Washington, D.C.


Historic State Theatre, Elizabethtown, Kentucky


The Horse’s Mouth Storytelling Series, Lexington, Kentucky


House Concerts, Stodola & Claffy residences, Frankfort, Kentucky


Howl-o-ween at Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee


Indy Fringe Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana


International Farm Youth Exchange Conference, Lexington, Kentucky


Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children Conference, Lexington, Kentucky


Kentucky Retirees Conference, Lexington, Kentucky


The Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, Kentucky


Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, Louisville, Kentucky


Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky


Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky


National Story Night, Jonesborough, Tennessee


Nazareth Arts for Life, Nazareth, Kentucky


New Year's Fest, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Preston Lecture Series, Henderson Community College, Henderson, Kentucky


Psychiatric Nurses Association banquet, Lexington, Kentucky


River Park Center Summer Arts Camp & Family Program, Owensboro, Kentucky


Rose Valley Storytelling House Concert, Media, Pennsylvania


Ruehlmann House, Storytelling House Concert, Norfolk, Virginia


Singletary Center — performance series for K -1 grades & family performance for 

the Art Museum, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


Shelby County Homemakers Banquet, Shelbyville, Kentucky


Speak Easy, Columbus, Ohio


St. John’s Reading Club, Versailles, Kentucky


St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio


Storytellers Theater Series, Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana


Teller in Residence, International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee


Tribble Parsonage, Richmond, Kentucky


Two Chairs Telling, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Wandering Storytellers, Lexington, Kentucky

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Libraries & Museums

Kentucky History Center, Frankfort, Kentucky


Kingman Museum of Natural History, Battle Creek, Michigan


J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky


Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro, Kentucky


Highlands Museum, Ashland, Kentucky


Pennyroyal Museum, Hopkinsville, Kentucky


Battle Creek Public Library, Battle Creek, Michigan


Fairbanks Public Library, Fairbanks, Alaska


Maryville Public Library, Maryville, Ohio


Palmer Public Library, Palmer, Alaska


Kentucky Public Libraries in the following counties: Adair, Anderson, Bath, Madison, Boone, Bourbon, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Calloway, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Jefferson, LaRue, Laurel, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, Mercer, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rowan, Scott, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, Wayne, Wolfe, and Woodford.

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Pre-K - Grade 12 Schools

In her home state of Kentucky, Mary has performed at schools in over 80 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Most of those performances have been assemblies during the school day. In elementary schools she tells different stories to primary and intermediate students (her base fee includes two performances in the same location in the same half of the school day). At middle and high schools audience size is determined by the performance space available within the school. 


Mary has also participated in school Family Nights of varied formats – whole audience performances, small group breakout session performances, and workshop sessions.


Her work has been included on the Teaching Artist Roster of the Kentucky Arts Council from 1989 — present, and she has conducted several 5 — 20-day school-based arts residencies. Read about sample residencies. Learn about Kentucky Arts Council fee support for performances and residencies.


She has also conducted Poetry Out Loud workshops, on behalf of the Kentucky Arts Council, at high schools in Hickman, Ohio, Warren, Allen, Franklin, Clark, Campbell, Grant, Hardin, Meade, Letcher, Pike, Hart, Boyle, Mercer, Carter, and Floyd Counties. 


In addition to working with schools in Kentucky, Mary has worked with schools in Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Alaska, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.


Graduation Speaker, Meade County High School, Brandenburg, Kentucky 2005

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Workshop Venues

(alphabetical order)

Anderson, Pulaski, Meade, Boone, and Larue County Early Childhood Councils, Kentucky


Arts Education Summit, Owensboro, Kentucky


Arts Unlimited, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio


Bath County Family Literacy, Owingsville, Kentucky


Bloomington Storytellers Guild, Bloomington, Indiana


Chautauqua Development for Teachers Projects, storytelling sessions, Kentucky 

Humanities Council, Lake City, Murray, and Bowling Green, Kentucky


Christmas Country Dance School, Berea, Kentucky


Detroit Storytelling Festival, Detroit, Michigan


Early Childhood Institute, Louisville, Kentucky


Fairbanks Public Library, Fairbanks, Alaska


Family Story, Family Celebration Workshop, Shepherdsville, Kentucky (co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris through our Scheherazade’s Legacy partnership)


Florida Storytelling Camp, Eustis, Florida


Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, Washington


Fox Valley Storytelling Guild, Geneva, Illinois


Heritage Touring Conference, Frankfort, Kentucky


Indiana Library Federation, Children & Young Peoples Division, general session speaker, Columbus, Indiana


International Storytelling Institute, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee


Kentucky Association of School Librarians Conference, Louisville, Kentucky


Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky


Kentucky Public Library Association Conference, Louisville, Kentucky


Kentucky Speakers Association, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky


Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Richmond & Burkesville, Kentucky


Kentucky Theatre Conference, Lexington, Kentucky


Lexington Public Library, Lexington, Kentucky


Lincoln Trail Region, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Elizabethtown, Kentucky


McConnell Children’s Literature Conference, Lexington, Kentucky


Miami-Dade County Public Library, Miami, Florida


National Storytelling Conferences in Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Bellingham, Washington & Phoenix, Arizona


National Storytelling Institute, Jonesborough, Tennessee


New England Speakers Association


NOLA, CAMLS, and NORWELD Regional Library Consortiums, Ohio


Northlands Storytelling Conference, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


Oakland University, Oakland, Michigan


O.O. P. S! (Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling) Conference, Mount Vernon, Ohio


Palmer Public Library, Palmer, Alaska


Paris Storytelling Festival, Paris, Kentucky


Prime Time Family Reading Time training (co-facilitating with additional training team members) for Kentucky Humanities


Riverwinds Storytelling Weekend, Belleville, Illinois (co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris through our Scheherazade’s Legacy partnership)


Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, Kentucky (co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris through our Scheherazade’s Legacy partnership)


Scott County Youth Theatre, Georgetown, Kentucky


Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, Warwick, Rhode Island


Smokey Mountains Storytelling Festival, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


Speakers' Circle, Columbus, Ohio


Spellbinders Training, Lexington, Kentucky


Story City Storytelling Festival, Story City, Iowa


Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Storytellers’ Wild Week, Wildacres, North Carolina


Storytelling and Multicultural Education Workshops: Badgett Center, Madisonville, KY; Multicultural Opportunities Branch, Kentucky Department of Education (5 sites) Co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris through our Scheherazade’s Legacy Partnership.


Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana


Storytelling Festival of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska


Storyworks Seminars, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Southfield, Michigan (co-facilitated with Dawn Farley and Sarah McCoy through our Storyworks partnership)


Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, Orem, Utah


University of Kentucky, Guest Speaker, Children’s Literature and Folklore courses, Lexington, Kentucky


WOW (Working on our Work) Storytelling Weekend, Bethlehem, Indiana (thirty-four WOW weekends co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris in our Scheherazade’s Legacy partnership)

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Awards

2018 Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Award for assistance with technology, Kentucky Arts Council. 


2018 2nd place, Jackie Torrence Tall Tale Contest, National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., National Festival and Conference, Cary, North Carolina.


2017 Winner, Liar’s Contest, Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival, Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky.


2017 Winner, Story Slam, National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

  

2016 Distinguished National Service ORACLE Award, National Storytelling Network.


2013 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award for Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths and Outright Lies


2013 Storytelling World Winner, Storytelling Collections category, for Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies.


2010 Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Berea College.


2010 Storytelling World Honor Award, Storytelling Recordings Category, for Alligators, Bees & Surprise, Oh, My! Folktales Revived!


2010 Winner, Story Slam, Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Kentucky.


2009 Circle of Excellence ORACLE Award, National Storytelling Network.
 

2007 Winner, Storytelling World Award, Storytelling Recordings Category for Sisters All. . . and One Troll CD. 


2006 iParenting Media Award for Sisters All. . . and One Troll, CD.


2006 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Sisters All... and One Troll, CD.


2005 Professional Assistance Award, Kentucky Arts Council.


2004 Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women.


2003 Storytelling World Honor Award for “Stormwalker” from Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders recording.


 Some Dog and Haunting Tales recordings selected for The Elementary School Library Collection.


1999 – 2000 Jesse Stuart Award, Kentucky School Media Association.

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Kentucky Arts Council

 Ongoing — 

In recognition of artistic excellence, Mary Hamilton has been selected to participate in the Performing Artists Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


In recognition of artistic excellence and the ability to conduct residencies in an educational setting, Mary Hamilton has been selected to participate in the Teaching Artists Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Education

National Storytelling Conference, yearly participation, 1987 – now (except 2018)

  • Youth, Educators & Storytellers Pre-conference, 2014 — 17
  • Producers and Organizers Pre-Conference, 2013 – 17


Kentucky Storytelling Conference, yearly participation, 2004 – now


Kentucky Arts Council, numerous Arts Education Workshops, 1989 -- now 

Topics have included planning arts education residencies, accessibility issues, writing arts education grant applications, arts integration, and myriad aspects of school reform in Kentucky’s public schools.


National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. National Conference, 2018


Arts Education Summit, Owensboro, Kentucky 2016


Arts Integration Institute, Tennessee Arts Commission, 2011


Northlands Storytelling Conference, 2011


Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, 2011


Non-profit Board Training, Arts Kentucky, 2006


Fundamentals of Effective Training, Blue Licks State Park, 2004


Storytelling Business Intensive with John McLaughlin, 2002


Artists as Educators Workshop, "Developing Participatory Workshops for Teachers" from The Kennedy Center, 2000.


Numerous half-day, full day, & weekend sessions led by a variety of storytellers including Jim May, Donald Davis, Chuck Larkin, John Basinger, Carol Birch, Doug Lipman, Loren Niemi, Pam McGrath, Bill Harley, Elizabeth Ellis and Nancy Donoval.


Storytelling Residency with Laura Simms, 1983, 1984, 1985, (worked as assistant 1986), 1988, 2007


Voice lessons with Gordon Van Ry, 1983 – 87


M.S. in Library Science, University of Kentucky, 1979


B.A. in Secondary Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1974 

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Publications

(with Charles Wright), “Thinking Like a Scientist: How do Scientists Figure Things Out?” Science with Storytelling: Strategies for the K – 5 Classroom, McFarland & Company, Inc. 2017.


(with Charles Wright), “Insects and Plants: Finding the Food Connection,” Science and Storytelling: Strategies for the K – 5 Classroom, McFarland & Company, Inc. 2017.


“Among Colleagues,” Master Minds column, Storytelling Magazine, January/February/March 2016.


Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.


“The Gingerbread Boy,” The August House Book of Scary Stories. August House, 2009.


“Story Scavenger Hunts,” Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom. Libraries Unlimited, 2009.


“Jump Rope Kingdom,” The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland. Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007.


"The Signature Story Meets the Eclectic Muse," Storytelling Magazine, March/April 2005.


Guest editor, Theme: “The Journey from Story to Storytelling,” Storytelling Magazine, November/December 2004.


"Susan Contemplates Murder," Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. Western Kentucky University, 2001.


"Elizabeth on Racing," Storytelling Magazine, July/August, 2000.


“The Princess and the Dove,” Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival. National Storytelling Association, 1991.

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Recordings

Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. Written by Mary Hamilton, published by University Press of Kentucky in 2012. Recorded by Mary Hamilton for the Kentucky Talking Book Library in 2013, and available nationally through the Kentucky Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (9 hours, 22 minutes).


Alligators, Bees & Surprise! Oh My! Folktales Revived! (story favorites, previously available only on audiocassette) CD, 2009


Sisters All . . . and One Troll (tales of active heroines), CD, 2005


Haunting Tales: Live from Culbertson Mansion(spooky tales), CD includes two bonus studio-recorded tales, 2001


Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders, (Kentucky folklore initially released on audiocassette, plus two Hamilton family tales) CD, 2001


Sailing the Flying Ship: Stories and Thoughts on Navigating Life, audiocassette, 1998


Haunting Tales: Live from Culbertson Mansion(spooky tales), audiocassette, 1996
 

1000 Ideas and Then Some (world folktales), audiocassette, 1992
 

Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders(Kentucky tales), audiocassette, 1992
 

Stepping Stones: Stories for Children 4 - 10, audiocassette, 1992
 

The Winter Wife and Other Stories (North American tales), audiocassette, 1988


Recording Anthologies

“The Blue Light” Live from Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival, recorded in 2011; CD released in 2012. 


“The Poor Man and the Rich Man’s Purse” Tales of Fools and Wise Folk: Live from the National Storytelling Festival, 1991.

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