March 29, 2021

April 2021

Storytelling Event Calendar
Free Since 2001

 Judy Sima, Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
Submission:  by the 15th of the month.

April 1, 2021
Now listing Virtual Storytelling Events from Around the World. If you are hosting a virtual storytelling event, or if you are performing or hosting an in-person storytelling event in Michigan, send your listing to
All events are on ZOOM unless otherwise noted. April brings a shower of wonderful virtual storytelling events.  Hopefully, May and June will bring some live storytelling events.
April 2, 6:00 p.m. MDT
Stories with Spirit: Tales of Salt and Spice
Come and surround yourself with the smell of spices and the sounds of stories . . . with Stories with Spirit and Savory Spice Shop! Rachel Ann Harding and Cooper Braun will perform stories from around the world about salt, spices, chocolate, and food. Dan Hayward of Savory Spice will tell us all a little about the history of spices. This is an All-Ages Show! This show is "Pay What It's Worth!" based on your experience of the show. When the show is done we ask that you pay what you felt the hour and a half of art was worth.
April 12, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Join the Healing Story Alliance for a monthly gathering to share and explore stories of kindness in its many faces and form. Through folk tales and personal stories, we will dive deeply into kindness through its stories. What is a kind of Story? How does it impact us and our relationship to ourselves, to each other, to the world? Come listen to stories shared by seasoned tellers and community members and see what memories of kindness emerge for you. The story session opens with a concert of tellers sharing prepared stories. During the second half of the gathering, audience members are invited to share a story, moment, or reflection about kindness that emerged for them as listeners. Registration is required. HSA members attend for free. Donations of any amount are welcome from Non-Members.
April 6,13, 20, 27, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Every Tuesday Ottawa, Canada Story Swap Join Zoom Meeting (same link every week) Meeting ID: 668 027 991. Password: 219861
April 1,8,45,22,29 11:00 a.m. EDT
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now on Zoom in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-635-5310 You don’t have to be a parent to attend.

April 4, 2:00 p.m. EST
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115.
April 8. 8:00 p.m. EST
April’s Party of Five | Better Said Than Done Join host Jessica Robinson and storytellers Jeff Doyle, Janice Greene, Linda Schuyler Ford, Megan Wells, and Dr. Joel Ying for “Party of Five.”
April 8, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST) meets the second Thursday of the month to listen and talk about stories contact Joe Remenar:    
new members are welcome
April 8, 7:30 EDT
Carol Birch tells her version of Icarus and Daedalus inspired by poet Kate Tempest, and the story of a boy who raised thousands during WWII. This solo concert is for the International Storytelling Center. Tickets cost $15. The program can be viewed from April 8th through April 12th. To purchase a ticket, go to
April 9-11
Join the National Storytelling Network for EARTH UP!, a storytelling conference exploring our planet’s climate, habitats, human behaviors, and actions to preserve our world.  This conference will focus on using stories to awaken, instruct, and inspire people to positive action. Earth Up is a full weekend of live virtual programs with on-line content available on April 5.
EARTH UP! weekend opens with a keynote address by folklorist and author Jane Yolen. 
Earth Up! weekend continues with two Master Classes, a curated multi-teller performance, a Story Slam (theme: Mother Earth), eleven workshops, an ’eyeball challenge contest, and social times too. The full schedule is revealed at
Also, EARTH UP! will offer ‘on-demand’ programs from April 5-20. Your registration includes eleven folktales told by various artists from Margaret Read MacDonald’s pivotal collection, “Earth Care” (with classroom activities) (and two larger shows within the conference.) Also, three Story Eco-tours (Brazil, India, & Arctic Canada) weaving together story, science, and their natural worlds. Also seven ‘Spotlight’ full length solo eco-story shows. All these ‘on-demand’ programs are available with your registration. Full Weekend Packages start at: $45 General public, $30 Members (sign in to NSN Account for discount.) More options available to support NSN with various bonuses- register at Individual Event Tickets for Performances (Group & Spotlight shows, Story Slam, & Story Eco-tours: $10 each, ($5 members.) Keynote: $20 ($10 members), Master Classes: $40 ($20 members.)  
April 11, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley at 734-769-3115. Here is the link:

April 11, 7:00 p.m. EDT
This event in the Living Room LIVE storytelling series features Ingrid Nixon. Ingrid is an award-winning, world-traveling storyteller who whisks listeners away on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, tall tales, traditional and personal stories—she tells them all on international expeditions, and at venues around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. She is a champion liar many times over and – no lie – holds a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. She currently hails from Southeast Alaska. More at  Zoom link
April 13, 7:00-8:00 CDT
Story Arts of MN holds an online workshop on the second Tuesday of each month.  The February session is tentatively titled “Working with Family Stories – A Conversation.”  A small panel of storytellers will share their experiences of mining their family's legends and sorting facts from fiction to shape tellable stories. There will be time for audience questions.  Although details and names of panelists are still being firmed up, you can register now at After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Registration is free, although donations ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support SAM's ongoing virtual programming.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)
April 14, 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Grapevine is a spoken word performance for adults and teens, celebrating the timeless art of the story, hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, RenĂ©e Brachfeld, and Tim Livengood.
Please register at to get the necessary Zoom information.
Our featured tellers this month are the wonderful Emily Lansana and the awesome Noa Baum.  Emily Hooper Lansana is a cultural worker and performing artist. Her work gives voice to those whose stories are often untold, especially in the African diaspora. She has performed as a storyteller for over twenty years, with audiences throughout Chicago and the country. Emily teaches storytelling in a variety of settings, helping people to connect with their unique stories, passing on the tradition to young people as a coach and mentor with Rebirth Poetry Ensemble. Photo: Ben Chandler. More about Emily at 
April 16, 7:15 p.m. Live Streamed.
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® goes virtual during COVID-19! Join us for an evening of raw and revealing, hilarious, and healing stories under the theme Ain't I A Woman?  Hosted by Cheryl James, produced and directed by Satori Shakoor, featuring Twisted Storytellers Ellen Chamberlain, Wanda Collier, & Je Donna Dinges, Delores Lyons and musical performance from special guest Lamar Anthem. Virtual Host and DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale with Darryl Gunter spinning vinyl! Tickets $11.
April 17, 1:00 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Story League welcomes new members on the third Saturday of the month to tell, listen and talk about storytelling. Contact Judy Sima for the Zoom link.

April 18, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:
April 18,  4:00-7:00 p.m. EDT, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (CDT)
Every month Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST, pronounced “assist”; has a Sacred Storytelling live virtual program on the third Saturday of the month. Sacred Storytelling is our most beloved monthly program, always a way to have your heart moved, inspire your soul and remind us of those before us.  We always honor three deceased storytellers – those who have left us in body, but whose voices remain in our ears and heart[JS1] . Register in advance for this meeting:
April 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Lansing Storytellers and friends present “Liar’s Cub.” Free event. Register in advance at
Some of Michigan’s best whoppers, tall tales and outright lies for your entertainment!
April 19, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Lansing Storytellers meets on the 3rd Monday of the month to listen and talk about storytelling. New members are welcome. Contact Jean Bolley.
April 21, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Michigan Meet-Up: A virtual space where people from everywhere can connect with stories. Every 3rd Wednesday, Register here: Contact Jennifer Otto if you would like to tell a 7-minute story.
April 23, 7:00 EDT
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents “4th Story Hour” Doors Open at 6:50 pm / Concert @ 7:00 pm Check the website for zoom link.  Look for the April 23rd  flyer. Click on “live.” You will be brought right to the concert. Storytellers: Gwendolyn Lewis, Sheryl Pryor, Shani Womak, Mary Grant

April 25, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley at 734-769-3115. Here is the link:
April 17, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Voices In The Glen monthly story swap. Storytellers and listeners are invited to join VITG storytellers for an evening of shared stories. FREE!   Zoom link will be posted on the VITG website, calendar of events: Or contact Jane Dorfman at 
April 25, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.  EST
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings – Virtual Meeting. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers are welcome. Free Event register ahead of time. Information: 
April 27, 8:00 p.m. EDT
TBD Storytellers present UNLEASHED - Now What? Join tellers Jeff Doyle, Simon Brooks, Sheila Arnold, Norm Brecke, Anne Rutherford, Ingrid Nixon, Paul Strickland, and Antonio Rocha.
May 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Elderwise Learning - Course LIXX - Storytelling: The Heroine's Journey 
Instructor: Barbara Schutzgruber, award-winning storyteller and author
The Heroine’s Journey of personal perseverance, survival, and transformation is not as well-known as the Hero's/Sword Maiden’s Journey of victoriously slaying the dragon. But, it has been the path all of us have traveled for the past year as we have lived through the Covid-19 pandemic. How will we tell the stories of our experiences? Using traditional folktales, contemporary personal stories of resilience, the instructor’s perspective, and group discussion, we will laugh, sigh, and be enlightened as we discover new insights and learn how a story changes depending on how it is told.
Register: - Nonmember $15 - Member $10. Questions/more information: 734.340.4691 or
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