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Mark Babino

Mark Babino is a Reading Coach at Young Men Leadership Academy in San Antonio. As an educator, he has given educational workshops throughout the state and nationally. His passion for education caught the eye of The Philips Foundation of Washington, DC, where he became a mentor teacher. He was recognized as an up-and-coming writer by Gemini Ink in its “2 to Watch Program.” This honor led him in being a writer in residence for Gemini Ink. His love of poetry awarded him a Naomi Shihab Nye Scholarship in poetry. Mark is considered a full-contact body storyteller, engaging the audience in delightful participation. He carries them along a journey of laughter and tears.

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish is Texas born and was raised in “Fifth Ward,” Houston. At the age of eighteen, Cornish joined the military. For over a decade, he spent year after year living among the peoples of the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Australia, Alaska, and the desert tribes of the Southwest. He attended colleges and universities worldwide, such as Prairieview A & M, the Universities of Guam and Alaska, The University of Maryland at the Philippines and at Japan.
Cornish also works with at-risk kids, mostly preteens and teenagers, using stories to teach and motivate. In 2004, his work with at-risk youth was recognized by the Presidential Commission of the Arts with the “Coming Up Taller Award.” Cornish is often referred to as the “Urban Aesop” and was introduced at a youth rally as the “Bad Boy of Storytelling.” When he asked why he was introduced as such, the student responded that Cornish was “the baddest dude there.” Recently, Cornish has appeared in schools as “Gator Bill,” telling stories of Buffalo Soldiers to students.
A member of the Tarrant Area Guild and National Storytelling Association, he has conducted workshops and performed at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, East Texas State University, Texas A & M University, the Lena Pope Home, Texas Youth Commission, the NOSAP Program (Neighborhoods Organized for Substance Abuse Program) and the I Have a Dream Foundation. He has also held Residence positions at Texas A & M University and Tarrant County College. In July 2015 at the National Storytelling Conference, Cornish was one of the storytellers in the South Central Regional Showcase.
Cornish has been a Featured Storyteller at festivals such as Tejas Storytelling Festival and George West Storyfest. In 2012, Cornish wrote and performed the play “To Love This Earth”: A Tribute to George Washington Carver.The Ft. Worth Arts Council awarded Cornish the Live Theater Award, and he has been featured on Breaking Bread, a TV show broadcasted from Atlanta, GA, and hosted by Tonya Starks. He is the StorySlam National Champion.
Cornish is a current member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Artist Touring Roster.


Donna Ingham is an award winning tale teller and author from Spicewood, Texas. She has written six books and produced five CDs and performs as a professional storyteller all over the country. A recipient of the 2007 John Henry Faulk Award selected by the Tejas Storytelling Association and the 2015 National Storytelling Network ORACLE Regional Excellence Award for the South Central Region, she also has the dubious distinction of having been named the Biggest Liar in Austin seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas three times. She is on the Touring Artists Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Mary Grace Ketner

Whether surrounded by folks on haybales at George West, kids on carpet samples in the library, college students at a keynote, or families in the cushioned seats of San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, Mary Grace Ketner brings listeners an elegant gift of story. Stirred by passion and a deep love of tale-tellling, long silent traditional oral narrative rises back to life in her gentle hands. Experience whimsy, wit, insight, "ROFL" or universal human values with a Texas drawl, all spun into a fantasy before your very ears.
Selected for inclusion in both the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2008, you can also find her on her own Website at www.talesandlegends.net or at The Fairy Tale Lobby, www.fairytalelobby.wordpress.com, with Megan Hicks Busy writer, producer, and teaching artist, her CDs, Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women and 1001 Years of 1001 Nights / Tales of Scheherazade are available in our sales booth. "I wish you could hear the comments that keep buzzing around here," said one conference producer; "Mary Grace is a born storyteller."

Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz is an Air Force Brat having lived all over the world before settling down in San Antonio at the age of 13. Her experiences and stories made for an exciting 32 year career as a teacher and librarian in the North East I.S.D. Sue excites youth and not so young audiences with her folktales/fairytales/personal tales from around the world using string figures, musical instruments, puppets and anything else she can muster up. She not only continues her youth storytelling club in the schools, empowering each child involved, but has been the organizer for the Texas Storytelling Youth Challenge up to 2013. Sue has been honored with H-E-B's Lifetime Excellence in Teaching Award, NEISD's teacher of the year, a featured Texas Teller at the Tejas Storytelling Festival, Texas Folklife Festival, as well as emceeing, storytelling on their various stages, and presenting storytelling related workshops. Excited to be a fulltime storyteller and workshop presenter, Texas Commission on the Arts has also chosen her to be on their 2014-16 roster! Performing at the George West Storyfest Festival is a dream come true!
Visit her Website: sue.kuentz@gmail.com


Bernadette Nason

Bernadette Nason is an award-winning storyteller/actress/writer that hails from England, lives in Austin, and has performed all over the world. She is acclaimed both for her spirited re-telling of multicultural folktales and for her personal stories about the contrasting lifestyles of the places she's lived. She brings stories to life with facial expressions, character voices, and amazing energy, drawing from her cultural experiences to highlight universal truths learned on her travels. Nason is a Texas Commission on the Arts' touring artist, and winner of the Austin Critics' Table Award for "Conspicuous Versatility." She was Houston's "Biggest Liar" in 2010. Her first book, Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir, about her own year of living dangerously in North Africa, is now available at Amazon.com, and on her website, bernadettenason.com.


Jiaan ("Jan") Powers tells traditional folktales, literary tales, ghost stories, and snippets from down home which delight and surprise audiences of all ages. A native Texan, Jiaan has been traveling since 1997, providing performances and workshops here and beyond Texas.

Jiaan discovered her passion for storytelling and her talent for connecting students, teachers, and librarians to stories and literacy during her twenty-two years as an elementary teacher. She even created and taught storytelling classes for two of those years! Beginning in 2005 through 2012 Jiaan created curricula lessons for the Dallas Opera thus reinforcing for her the connections with storytelling and specific skills for students as found in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Today Jiaan’s inspiration thrives in developing new programs with Spike for all audiences and expanding programs for adults.


Consuelo Samarripa

Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage as an author and through the performing art of storytelling. She conducts workshops for children and adults, other customized presentations offered like keynotes, after dinner speeches, and special venues, like Literacy Nights. Consuelo's distinctly relates her Mexican heritage with its important historical multicultural influence. Her unique storytelling style in programs includes multilingual blends woven in multicultural folktales, folklore, legends/myths, personal and historical stories. Props, musical "noise" makers, and special costuming with shawls enhance her presentations. Her repertoire of varied life experiences and perspectives, as a native and foreigner, relates with audiences of all ages.
As an author her story of the "Passage of Scotland's Four" is included in the 2007 Texas Folklore Society Anthology Folkore in Motion, Texas Travel Lore.
Her book "Barrio Princess" (2014) by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers is available in paperback, hardback, and Ebook.
She also offers keynotes and workshops for both children and adults.
Selected to Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2000.

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz earned a Masters Degree in Storytelling at East Tennesee State University. Since landing in San Antonio in 2014, she has sought out and organized storytelling programs for small companies of SASA Storytellers at St. P.J.s, the San Antonio Childrens Hospital, and at the Scobee Planetarium’s Lunar Extravaganza. She has collaborated with SAY Sí (Multidisciplinary Youth Arts Program) to create a production for the Muertitos Fest 2016 and developed story programs with UNAM (Universidad Nacional de Mexico), the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, and San Antonio College. She built a relationship with the Rainbow Turkish House and facilitated bringing SASA’s annual Tellabration!™ to that site. She applied for and received DCCD funding support for a program of her own in 2015, then inspired SASA to apply in 2016.

Her repertoire embraces the myths, legends and mysteries of Central and South America from Guatemala to La Patagonia, and she has not stopped telling them since she arrived in San Antonio! She has appeared at Northside ISD Story Fest, Spooky Stories at Travis Park, Spanish and French classes at Stevens High School, and SASA’s Tellabration!. She gave the Keynote address at the 2015 UTSA Storytelling Festival. She has performed at the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton and the National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO. In 2015, she toured Costa Rica with her shows in Spanish and English, The Tatu´s Night (Children Stories) and Las Animas (Latin-American spooky tales). Recently Carolina received the National Storytelling Network’s “J. J. Reneaux Emerging Artist” Award.

Visit her website: www.carolinastoryteller.com


Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson is a transplanted Texan, preacher’s kid, and founder of a 12-step program for retired social-media magnates. Rumors of his involvement in disorganized crime are patently false. Whether it’s a business event, or a classroom of youngsters, Larry is at home helping the audience to laugh, learn, and let loose. Larry’s equally comfortable on the back porch, in the conference hall, at the tent meeting, or around a smoldering campfire.

If you ask his mother, she'd say he's been performing ever since he first realized he could make people smile. Larry specializes in “Full-Contact” performances – offering the audience a chance to participate in the fun.

He has told stories on mountain tops and in valleys from New Mexico to South Carolina and many large and small places in between. He has received "Least Forgettable Performer" honors and his style caused one listener to remark, "He's not so bad!"

Larry tells cowboy tales, folk tales, home grown tales, and guarantees to make you smile. With campfire tales, both chilling and not-so-chilling, his outdoor performances have been enjoyed by children and adults across the South.

Larry has recorded compact discs with old and new favorite stories and has published a books of his own stories, including a collection of western stories titled “WILD WEST! Plastic Cowboys and Indians Have Feelings Too.” He is past president of the San Antonio Storytelling Association and is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Tejas Storytelling Association.



Tim Tingle
Tim Tingle 

Tim Tingle, is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a frequent presenter at tribal events. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and memories of this family epic fuel his writing and telling.

Author of seventeen books, Tingle has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and is a frequent presenter at “Choctaws Days” at the NationalMuseum of the American Indian. Tingle’s first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, was an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review and won the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award.

How I Became A Ghost, (May, 2013) a middle grade novel told in the voice of a ten-year old boy, depicts the faith and strength of the Choctaw people on the Trail of Tears. Following critical acclaim for this book, Tingle was a featured author at the 2014 National Book festival.

He has completed eleven speaking tours for the U.S. Department of Defense, performing for children and military personnel in Germany.

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