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Vernon L. Cox
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  • Sanford, Maine
  • United States
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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
Vernon L. Cox is a Life long learner, Husband, Dad, Bampie, Airfield Electrician, Volunteer, Storyteller, and Maine Humorist.

Vernon Cox is the Maine humorist and Storyteller that created the Tall Taleoligist Willey Phinedit (Will E Find-it) and Learnin' Vernon the teller of Legends, Lore, and a whole lot more.

Vernon makes a comfortable living as an Airfield Electrician.
He does not "Hire himself out" as a storyteller. He tells stories and shares his art form for the love of it. This allows him to chose where and when and for whom he shares his stories.
If you have a worthy cause and are willing to cover his travel expenses he may perform for you live!

Or maybe not.

Do Not Panic.
The pages on this network are filled with professional storytellers that can fill your event and your expectations.
They rely on you and others like you that appreciate a great tale to make their living.
Please support the arts and hire them.


Since October 2013 I have volunteered at the Corner. This personal narrative venue is amongst the best in the nation. Founded and organized by Michael Sargent it has hosted local, regional and national storytellers. Prior to each show we conduct a workshop in personal narrative storytelling. We have a variety of workshops with Michael and I taking turns presenting. Below is for our beginners to empower volunteers for our "Fish Bowl".

Getting To Know Willey Phinedit (Will E Find-It)

Willey Phinedit blends facts with fiction in an original concoction using the Down East humor traditions of old, blending folk with original tales of fantasy as dry as your morning toast and as fresh as your next cup of coffee!

Willey often includes interactions with his audiences and he peppers his performance with lots of clichés, and puns which may not be suitable for young children. Parents and their offspring would not be offended by his performances; however the lines go so above the young ones heads they may struggle reaching for them.*************************************************

Learnin' Venron

Drawing on voice characters, audience participation, laughter and drama, Vernon grew up in Bar Harbor Maine where his love of stories began. As a parent raising his daughter Shanna in Orland he refined his tales at many a scout campfire.
Vernon spent the third Saturday of every month as a reader and performer for the Buck Memorial Library’s Story Hour in Bucksport Maine. He now lives in Sanford Maine with his wife Bobbie.

As story teller Learnin’ Vernon, he has entertained audiences from Presque Isle, Maine to *Hollywood California
He has been an Air Force medic, cook, custodian, mental health worker, electrician, volunteer firefighter, E.M.T. and a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. I
t is through all of these memories that Vernon draws for his tales. He has learned that every day a new journey begins
and a new experience unfolds.

That is why he shall always remain
a Learnin’ Vernon!

Ok truth is I was there for a taping of the Pyramid show and they asked for talent between takes as an audience warm up. I told "Prinderella" to the delight of the studio audience which included its host. No money exchanged hands but my wife personally met Donnie Osmond and shook his hand and that was priceless.



What others say about Learnin’ Vernon:

“With great energy, zest and poise, he drew his mixed- age audience into the spell of his words and held us.”
Anne Mundy
Head of Children’s Services,
Bangor Public Library

“With spindly arms and unbelievable facial expressions,
Learnin’ Vernon showed the art of storytelling
is alive and strong in southern Maine.”

Ms. Cathie Bunk
grade one teacher, Edna Libby School, SAD 6

“Thank you so much! We loved having you, you were great!!! Your personality with the crowd of pumpkin carvers was terrific and more than I expected! Really you made the whole festival sparkle!”

Susan Plimpton
Children's Librarian Southwest Harbor Public Library

“Thank you for lending your wonderful story telling skills to
our annual meeting last weekend. As always, people were
impressed with your ability to make the written word come alive.
I know our guests especially enjoyed hearing you for the first time.”

Sarah Medina
President Abnaki Girl Scout Council May 25,2000

“Vernon, thank you so much for your hilarious and engaging performance last night! Everyone had a grand time and the stories were appropriate for all ages.
We very much enjoyed meeting you. Best wishes to you, and we'll keep you in mind for future events!”

Judy Higbea
Principal of the Mast Landing School Freeport Maine


”Willey- you are too funny. In the vein of Bert and I you have struck gold!
The puns are good, the acting better.”

Norah Dooley
Storyteller, author, and techno-artistic mentor to the masses

“This was a very funny presentation, complete with maps and newsletters and moose calls.”
Mike Harris
Maine Storyteller and award winning Speaker


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At 6:11pm on September 2, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Hi Learnin Vernon,

Thank you so much for your kind words. My family and I are doing well. We are waiting to get back home to the New Orleans area. Take care...

At 12:19pm on August 6, 2008, Mary Margaret OConnor said…
Hi Learnin Vernon!
Hope you are doing well. I'm still trying to get you rich...don't worry! It's just taking a little longer than I thought it would : ) !!!
Will you be in Gatlinburg at the NSN Conference this week? If yes, I'll see you there!
Take care,
Mary Margaret
At 10:39pm on July 12, 2008, Vernon L. Cox said…
I just joined Point and started a campain for an Mental Vacations an Eco-PAID Production!

This is an experiment for Eco friendly adudience building form our discussion at Eco-PAID

Let me know what you think
At 6:56pm on June 25, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I am telling at a House Concert in October... you might be able to see you way there... Rivka Willick is the teller and my friend who made all the arrangements. She is a member of Professional Storyteller and a really good person. We met last year at the Conference... I will tell you plainly... that if you want your storytelling to grow... consider the Conference an investment.

But you got to do what you got to do...

I understand that.

At 4:38am on June 25, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I suppose I have to admit to loving Tim Sample and Robert Bryan too. I listened to your video... wintah does come on fast thehah in Menifee County.

If you go to your "my page" settings (on the right just below your name on your page) click it and you will find a selection to upload your music and or stories). I am looking forward to it.

I am going to be in New Jersey in Octobah, telling. I am not certain which building just yet. Will be my furst trip to the big city. It is a good jog from Maine too, I will keep you posted.

Are you coming to the NSN Conference? If so, perhaps we can sit a spell and talk.

At 8:25pm on June 24, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I cut my storytelling teeth on Marshall Dodge and Stephen Leacock (Canadian Humorist and Economist), I used to argue with my Mainiac buddies that if my son married a Maine girl and they had children the grandkids would be Mainers. They always replied "Just cause a cat has kittens in the woodstove you don't call them bisquits." I love my New England Brothahs and Sistahs.

I have had a little struggle with my health. Soon, I will be back to pace and I will catch up on all my Groups and we will enlaghe our friendship.

At 4:12pm on June 24, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hello Vernon

I see you have be properly welcomed. Lovely, people here, you will see for you self.

I lived in Maine for seven years, some of the happiest days of my life. Don't be a stranger, I wanted to add my welcome to the others. so...

Welcome from me
At 12:08am on June 22, 2008, Mike Lockett said…
Hey, Learnin, Good to hear from you, I've been hoppin from one responsibility to another lately. Lots of good things happening. Hope all is well in the northeast with you.

Mike Lockett
At 6:59am on June 21, 2008, Vernon L. Cox said…
I have added the "Water Bearer" from my album Tellin' Tales which is available at www.lulu,com/tales
Hope you all enjoy this recording done live at Longfellow Square by Tom Rotto
At 10:58pm on June 20, 2008, stuart Mendelson said…
Thanks for the nice words. Vernon is one great storyteller that you have to see and hear to believe -and even then you might not be him ;0 . In all truthfulness, his is a great mover and shaker, and does an awful lot to promote the oral tradition! And he too know his way around a computer!



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