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Speak Story Series to feature Adam Booth December 12

ISSUED: 13 November 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Speak Story Series, part of Shepherd University’s Appalachian Studies Program, presents Adam Booth on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Admission is $12 for the public at the door with express entry for Speak membership cardholders, and free to Shepherd University students with a valid Rambler ID.

Booth’s storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta, Canada) Spoken Word program, collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company and Goose Route Dance Company, and multiple events in 17 states.

Equally at home as a story teller and educator, Booth’s research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, the National Academy of Medicine, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute at Shepherd. Booth’s stories and recordings have been honored with two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, four Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN’s J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins.

Booth is an adjunct professor in Shepherd’s departments of Appalachian studies, music, contemporary art, and first-year experience, and is the founding director of Speak Story Series.

This is the last concert in the fifth season of Speak Story Series. Speak will return with a sixth season in March 2018 beginning with the First Annual Appalachian Storyteller-In-Residence Week.

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