I don't know how the other states in the Southeast selected their Showcase Tellers to represent them at the NSN Conference in Gatlinburg, TN. But this is how Kentucky did it. The following is a letter from our NSN State Liaison, Mary Hamilton. She also is our KY Storytelling Association (KSA) President for 2008. I am picking up her letter after the salutation and opening statement to all the Members of the KSA.
"Entries were received. Out-of-state panelists judged, and the following storytellers were selected to present at the first ever Kentucky Storytelling Showcase at the National Storytelling Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Conference runs August 7 – 10. You can learn more about the National Storytelling Conference by visiting www.storynet.org
The Kentucky Storytelling Showcase will take place on Friday, August 8, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. This will be the first of a series of state showcases throughout the Conference. Every state in the NSN Southeast region received this showcase opportunity.
The following tellers will present at the Kentucky Showcase.
Cynthia Changaris ( Cynthia is my friend and she is a wonderful teller Buck's notes are here in parenthesis)
Don Creacy ( --- this is the same person as Buck Creacy)
Pam Holcomb (-- also a member of PS)
Octavia Sexton (--- Another member of PS you know... PS is going to be well represented too.!)
Graham Shelby (--- Graham and I told ghost stories at Corn Island Storytelling Festival last year, great guy, good teller, Dad to triplets... Wow!)
I know these five people will represent Kentucky storytelling well. I hope you will plan to attend the conference and encourage others to attend.
Many thanks to all who entered.
Yours in storytelling,
Don writing again here.
I am excited about the things that are happening in my little world of storytelling. The NSN Confernce, Kentucky Showcase is on Friday morning at nine we will showcase while other classes and workshops are also in progress. Please consider coming by to hear several of your fellow Professional Storytellers in action.
Here is a link from my work at Toyota and the Corporate Communications Team.
Take a peek at what they had to say about me. They, Corporate Communications, broke out of the norm of business stuff only and they are also going to do a TNN report (Toyota News Network, yep... we even have a weather & traffic report) to do an on-air interview with me. I am not used to this type of attention from my coworkers. I was told that this type of thing gets archived "forever" in the Company History... don't ask me why. I think they are proud of me or it just might be so odd that it is worth taking a picture of, you know like one of those two headed calves. I don't know, I hate to break their camera.
They have sent their news release to NSN, who seems to have promptly started a "Good News Section" in the NSN Bulletin so send them your good news, also Toyota sent the release to my hometown of Borger, Texas, and of course the local papers in Lexington and Georgetown, KY. They have already called the XM radio station for some unknown reason. I wasn't quite clear on why they did that. Maybe they wanted to confirm that it was really going to happen... the corporate equivalent of "pinch me, perhaps."
I got a confirmation today in writing from the station that we are going to plug my CDs on the air. Yippee
There is a lot happening, I hope I don't let anything fall through the cracks. The devil is in the details. If you are near Erlanger Kentucky, across the river from Cincinatti, Ohio, I will telling both Friday and Saturday nights on the 18th & 19th. Then I will climb into my storymobile and drive to Nashville to be on the air at 8 a.m. The program for those of you who have XM satellite radio is called "The Open Road Show," channel 171 and the segment of this program that I interview and tell in is called the "Sunday Funnies." The Trucker's Sweetheart, Marcia Campbell is my host for the segment. They have asked for two stories by name; "They call it a Man-icure" and "Three Penny Momma." Both of which you can hear today on my page here at PS. Hopefully, at least some of those three million listening Truckers will like me, call in and perhaps... this could turn into a steady gig of sorts.
If you say your prayers... I would appreciate it if you would mention me in a favorable light and please request that I might do my best and that the rest would be in His hands.