Common Academic Experience presents Storytelling Festival

Appalachian storytellers headline Pellissippi State Community College’s Storytelling Festival, which takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Each storyteller’s presentation will last 25-30 minutes. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the free event. Here is the lineup:

  • Janice Brooks-Headrick tells the stories of “First Kiss” and “Homecoming.” Brooks performs on stage and at festivals, and is corresponding secretary of Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.
  • Rick Elliott’s tale is “A Conversation With Rick.” Elliott is a retired teacher from Ohio who tells stories about his own real-life situations.
  • Susan Fulbright tells “The Calico Coffin” and “Lover Lady Bumper Jumper.” Fulbright is a native East Tennessean with a master’s degree in storytelling and reading. She’s vice president of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.
  • Cuz Headrick’s stories are “Green Hair” and “Writing Spider.” Headrick is one of the best-known storytellers in East Tennessee, most notably serving as resident storyteller at Blackberry Farm for 10 years.
  • Ruthie McIntyre tells “Where There’s a Will, There Is a Way.” McIntyre is a former Pellissippi State faculty member with a long career in education. Her tales often feature her world travels.
  • Millie Sieber tells the story “Rockefeller.” Her repertoire includes a variety of tales, from scary to humorous. She also teaches storytelling workshops.