2021 Featured Tellers



Lona Bartlett

Lona Bartlett is a professional storyteller, puppeteer and educator who has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains provide inspiration for a long list of programs and presentations. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, Lona loves bringing excitement and insight to audiences at schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, corporate gatherings and special events.
“Lona Bartlett engages audiences both large and small with a wide range of stories that entertain and delight. She is a storyteller and puppeteer and moves easily between adult and youth audiences evoking in both the many emotions of the human drama—laughter, awe, and wonder.”
— Sherry Lovett

Featured Tellers

Cooper Braun


Cooper Braun


Featured Teller at 2020 Festival!
Cooper Braun was born and bred in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised by granola eating coyotes and grew up without a television. Lacking the traditional American form of child pacification, he found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and has been working as a professional theater technician the last nine years. In a whirlwind return to the world of live storytelling, two years ago, he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle and performs regularly with Rachel Ann Harding as Stories with Spirit

Simon Brooks


Simon Brooks

New Hampshire

I was born and grew up in the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA since 1994.
I travel about telling folk tales and fairy stories, myths, and legends to young kids, teens and adults in all sorts of settings. I tell and present workshops at colleges and schools, festivals and conferences. I have recorded four storytelling CDs, and a couple of audio books of my own and a number of other books for other people including Jennifer Carson’s young person’s novels about Hapennys!
Since 1991, British storyteller, humorist and raconteur Simon Brooks has been telling to audiences from all over the world. Most recently, he performed at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Simon became a full-time, professional storyteller in 2003, released his first CD in 2006, and his first collection of folk and fairy tales in 2018. Simon has won awards and honors for his storytelling albums from Storytelling World and Parent’s Choice. Simon travels all over New England and to other parts of the USA, and has told his tales in Europe. He presents anywhere you want him, be it a school, college, library, festival, camp, hospital, business, restaurant, coffee house or home.
Simon lives in New London, New Hampshire, New England, New World with his wife, two children, a cat, and a dog called Moe.
Simon is a Children’s Literacy Foundation presenter, a member of the National Storytelling Network, North East Story Telling, and the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance. Has performed and presented at the National Storytelling Conference, Northlands Confabulation, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, and Sharing the Fire, as well as performing at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and will be returning there later in 2019. He will be performing at Timpanogos in September, 2019, and at the Florida Storytelling Festival in January, 2020.

Yasu Ishida


Yasu Ishida

South Carolina

Yasu Ishida is an award winning magician and storyteller. Born in Ube city in Japan, and inspired by the movie “Patch Adams”, he came to the U.S. to become a professional hospital clown. After graduating from the Chavez Studio of Magic, the world most prestigious magic school, he has been entertaining family audiences all over the U.S. including the Disney Summer Stage Kids in New York, the Florida Storytelling Festival and Hawaii Book & Music Festival. For more information, visit www.yasutheatre.com

Paul Strickland


Paul Strickland


Paul’s song-filled, tall-tale, fantasy storytelling cycle “Ain’t True & Uncle False,” “Papa Squat,” and “Tales Too Tall for Trailers” have sold out performances all over the continent.

A 13 time “Best of Fest” award recipient at Fringe Festivals, Paul won “Best Show” honors at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival for “13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene” (which played off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse in November 2018) and his tall-tale fantasy “Balls of Yarns” was one of 4 shows out of 227 at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival to be Held Over for 2 extra performances.

Paul writes jokes, stories and songs in Covington, KY – a town just off the coast of Cincinnati, OH.