Mesa Arizona's Storytelling Festival is Underway

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Mesa Arts Center Mesa Storytelling FestivalAll it takes is one.

One person who could tell stories in a way that could take you on a journey.

I'm fortunate to have met some very good story tellers. They've enhanced my life in ways that I could never convey. Storytelling is a gift and an art.... some might say a lost art.

If you'd like to hear some of the nation's best story tellers, you're in for a treat. Now in it's sixth year, Mesa's Storytelling Festival has officially begun.

It started today (Thursday October 22) and runs until Saturday. Concert tickets are $11 but Saturday's daytime events are free.

Details here: Mesa Arts Center Storytelling Festival

Featured Storytellers:

  • Sheila Kay Adams
  • Charlotte Blake-Alston
  • Donald Davis
  • Olga Loya
  • Sandy Oglesby
  • Antonio Sacre
  • Willy Claflin
  • Kala Jojo

Comments (7)

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

The only kind of story telling I've been to was the library so my kids could listen. Those were wonderful times. So this is for adults? I think I'll check into this over here...I know they had poets.

Oct 23, 2008 12:04 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Sally- There's something for everyone... each storyteller has a specialty and a attracts a different kind of audience.

Oct 24, 2008 01:33 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This sounds like it could be a real fun time.  I love stories and love to tell them.

Oct 24, 2008 02:24 AM
Sean Buvala


Thanks for writing about this. There is much more to come over the weekend at our Mesa Storytelling Festival. Yes, my friends, way beyond what your image of just storytelling at the library. We have national level tellers here in the Valley as well as the out-of-staters you listed above.

We've been pretty much hosting thousands do school chilren yesterday and today, and now we move on to more of the adult things and the festival itself.

Friday Night-

Full evening storytelling concert at 7PM featuring four of the above tellers. $11

ALSO TONIGHT: Adults Only Storytelling, 930PM, Free of Charge. I'll be telling and MC-ing for tonight.


FREE FESTIVAL all day Saturday from 930AM to 5PM ish. Lots of tellers, no charge.

Concert again on Saturday night at 7PM, $11. "make me laugh" is the theme for Saturday night.

I teach a world-class corporate/business storytelling course right here in the Valley. Details are at

Chuck- thanks for posting this!

Kind regards,

K. Sean Buvala

Oct 24, 2008 11:52 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

William- So do I... and, as you'll see in the next comment- there are classes for people like us.

Sean- Thank you so much for for publishing more information- it's always nice when the subjects of these posts pop in and add more content. Feel free to comment any time or to send me any other information about local events that you'd like me to help publicize.

Oct 24, 2008 11:57 AM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

There's nothing like a good storyteller, Chuck!  When I lived in Durango, CO there was an annual gathering of cowboy poets who would have me mesmerized with their stories.  Are you taking your daughters to this?

Oct 24, 2008 01:42 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Kent- I wanted to go but ended up with a family emergency. I would have loved to attend. I've listened to many a good cowboy story and have even been to a "poetry slam"... it was less violent than it sounds. :-)

Oct 26, 2008 09:43 AM