1406 Macklyn Lane
Bartlesville OK 74006-5419
Ph. 918/333-7390 cell 918-397-3079
Currently: Professional storyteller nationwide since 1982, overseas since 1993 (Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, England). Education consultant, freelance author, and singer/songwriter.
Education: B.A. (biology) Wellesley College 1965; Ph.D. (botany) University of Wisconsin 1970.
Concert and Festival Appearances include: Tucson Festival of Books; Tejas Storytelling Festival; Japanese public schools and libraries, community centers, universities and festivals; Singapore Storytelling Festival; Spirit of Oklahoma (Seminole); OK Mozart (Bartlesville OK); WinterTales (Oklahoma City); Tellers of Tales (AZ); Soundwaters ecology teaching ship (CT); SunFest Storytelling Festivals (Bartlesville OK ); Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering (Newport PA); Ozark Folk Center (AR).
Residencies and Workshop Sponsors include: StoryWorks Conference (Orem UT); Tucson Festival of Books; Tejas Storytelling Conferences; Sharing the Fire (LANES); Northlands Storytelling Network; National Storytelling Network conferences (KC MO, Chicago, Bellingham); U.S. National Park Service; Association of Science & Technology Centers; National Parks of Singapore; Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education; International Schools in Egypt, Hong Kong, Macau; New York City Storytelling Center; Asian Congress of Storytelling (Singapore); Longman Education Conference (Hong Kong); Japanese libraries and schools; Oklahoma Panhandle State University; Oklahoma Education Association. Artist in Residence with Oklahoma Arts Council 1985-2001. Artist in the Schools, Arts Council of Tulsa, 1985-present.
Memberships: National Storytelling Network; Territory Tellers of Oklahoma; Tejas Storytelling Association; Nature Conservancy; Union of Concerned Scientists. Chair, NSN O.R.A.C.L.E.Awards Committee.
Awards: John Henry Faulk Award (2009 Tejas Storytelling Assoc); South Central Leadership Award (National Storytelling Network 2005); International StoryBridge Award (with Hiroko Fujita: NSN 2003): Pegasus Award for exceptional value of a story teaching aid (for Stories to Play With).
Publications: Editor, Stories to Play With (1999), Folktales from the Japanese Countryside (2007). Author, Fran & Hiroko’s Story Book I, II, and III (Japanese/English bilingual collections). Coming spring 2015: How to Fool a Cat; The Price of Three Stories. Stories in Joining In, The Ghost & I, Favorite Stories from the Texas Storytelling Festival, Many Voices. Professional articles: Instructor, Yarnspinner, National Storytelling Journal, Storytelling Magazine. Adult fiction: national US magazines as well as in Britain, Holland, Sweden, Norway, South Africa. Guest Editor, Storytelling Magazine. Original songs: Sing Out!, Autoharp Quarterly.
Recordings: “Crane’s Gratitude” and Other Tales Of Animal Wit & Wisdom (cassette 1992); Cat o’ Nine Tales: Stories & Songs About CATS (CD 2005); Traveling Tales I & II (CDs 2005); Stories and Songs for a Green Earth (CD 2009).