Lynette (Lyn) Ford shares "Home-Fried Tales," adaptations of folktales "from many places and many faces," as well as her own original stories and personal narratives. Lyn's rhythmic, interactive storytelling style encourages language and literacy skills, creative writing, and an appreciation for the oral tradition among all types of learners. Lyn's storytelling is rooted in her family's multicultural Affrilachian oral traditions, and her own love of stories.
Lyn's work has been publicized on the PTO Today web site, and in Columbus Monthly and Columbus Parents magazines. Lyn has written for Storytelling Magazine, a national publication; her work is also included in story anthologies and resources for educators, including: the award winning The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum and Literacy in the Storytelling Classroom (both from Libraries Unlimited); Sayin' Somethin': Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers (National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.); The August House Book of Scary Stories (August House), and its accompanying enrichment guide for teachers; the 2011 publication Storytelling and QAR Strategies (Libraries Unlimited). Lyn’s CD, When the Gourd Broke, won a 2009 NAPPA Honors Award.
Lyn is also a Thurber House mentor to young writers. In 2012, Lyn was among the first 30 teaching artists from across the country to participate in professional-development sessions on the arts and Common Core standards at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Lyn's participation as an Ohio Teaching Artist in The Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has provided additional opportunities for Lyn to share professional development workshops for educators and other mentors, in interactive sessions pertinent to benchmarks of academic content standards and diverse ways of learning.
In the summer of 2007, Lyn received an Oracle Award for Leadership and Service from the National Storytelling Network. Lyn received a 2008 Friend of Education Award from Reynoldsburg public schools, for her ongoing contribution of creative learning and enrichment experiences as Herbert Mills Elementary School's storyteller in residence. In 2012, Lyn was inducted into the National Association of Black Storytellers' Circle of Elders. In 2013, Lyn received the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence award, for her continuing efforts and achievements in storytelling.
For more than 20 years, Lyn has provided stories for public libraries' summer reading programs, keynote and closing presentations, and workshop at universities, education and literacy conferences, and storytelling conferences and festivals. Lyn has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and presented workshops for the National Storytelling Conference. Lyn has also been a storyteller-in-residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough. Lyn was named the winner of the Liars' Contest (for tall tales, not lies!) at the 2005 National Association of Black Storytellers Conference and Festival; she has also shared stories at the TalkStory Festival in Hawaii, and at other national gatherings, including the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah, the Eugene (Oregon) Multicultural Festival, the Northlands Storytelling Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival in Ireland.
Lyn's first publication as an individual author, 2012's Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition, has received a 2013 Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, and a 2013 Storytelling World Resources Award. The book is a compilation of stories from Lyn's childhood memories, enriched with information on Affrilachian culture, and published by Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Lyn’s second collection of Affrilachian folktales and family folkways, Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore, will be available from Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. through their website at www.parkhurstbrothers.com , Amazon.com, and other book merchants in late summer 2014.
Video Lyn Ford performing at the UMSL St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
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