Storytelling

Larry Johnson did JFK's 50 Mile Hike in 1961, just before telling his first campfire story and learning to play music on a bent tent pole.  At Age 61 he did the world famous 61 Mile Hike, leaving at 6:10 on the 61 bus to hike Highway 61.  Now, because he turned 70,he just completed the 70 Mile BEATING WEAPONS INTO WINDMILLS WALK.

“I am a filmmaker and a storyteller. Currently, I am completing production on a documentary film about GLBT baby boomers and marriage equality.  I’ve made my story the central theme, as remember and told by me, a storyteller.

Catherine Charles is a Minneapolis-based writer/performer/musician. Their work has been featured at Story Club, OUTspoken, Queer Voices, and in 20% Theatre's Naked I series of plays. Musically, their interests include ragtime, torch songs, and retro video game scores.

Nikki Abramson is an actor, performer, teaching artist, choreographer, writer and author of 2 books and 5 anthologies. She is a Korean adoptee with multiple rare genetic disabilities: mitochondria myopathy and dystonia whose desire is to share her story and message through the stage. She co-produced, co-wrote with Breaking Barriers with Toolbox Theatre LLC  'No Limits' and 'Beyond Limits' which addresses adoption, disabilities, and assumptions using a message of overcoming challenges. In addition to curating 2017 CabarABLE, Nikki appeared in the 2016 CabarABLE.

Bruce Ario began writing when his recovery began after taking an incomplete degree in law school and a period of homelessness. He began as a poet, moved into playwriting, and settled in as a novelist.

Michael Merriam is a blind storyteller and author who has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, Story SlamMN! and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio and has published 8 books and over 80 short stories. Visit his website at michaelmerriam.com

Actor/writer Amy Salloway is the creator of the award-winning, autobiographical touring solo plays "Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?,"  “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!,” and “Circumference,” as well as the two-person show “Entwined”.  Amy has contributed stories to MPR's "In the Loop," CBC radio's "Definitely Not The Opera", and the national podcast "Risk!"  She teaches memoir, creative writing and storytelling through Minneapolis Community Ed and The Story Studio, and performs regularly at The Mot

Dylan Fresco is a theater artist and musician who works as a writer, performer, producer, and educator with a diverse array of arts and community partners. Projects take him from performance stages to school classrooms, from community centers to neighborhood sidewalks. In his work, he invites connections between people and communities through story, music, poetry and movement.

Vickijoan Keck is a flamboyant storyteller, actress and poet who especially enjoys telling folktales and whimsical rhymes by the likes of Edward Lear, A.A. Milne and Ogden Nash. She enjoys telling personal stories as well as putting a new twist on an old tale. She got involved in storytelling in the mid 1990’s and has been involved since then, telling her stories at places like the MIA and Flint Hills children’s festival, libraries, coffee shops, Patricks Cabaret and other venues.  By day she runs Ivy Arts Copy & Print in the Seward Neighborhood.

Ward is a storyteller, journalist, arts organizer, and ​full-time bike commuter based in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. He started competing in story slams in 2010 and is the 2011, 2012, and 2013 SlamMN! Story Slam champion. He is also the 2014 Twin Cities Moth GrandSlam champion. His slam stories blend the style of slam poetry with strong narrative arcs and cover topics such as sailing, bird hunting, and cranky playground equipment.

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