Open Hand Theater presents Well Aged Words, World Class Story Telling for Adults. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at The International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., the series will continue with Rafe Martin's presentation of Flying with One Wing an evening of storytelling and imagination.
Rafe Martin is the author of more than 20 books and the recipient of three American Library Association Notable Book Awards, Four Parent's Choice Gold Awards, two Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Awards, an American Folklore Society Aesop's Accolade Award, several American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, an IRA Teacher's Choice Award and many other awards of Distinction. His work has been cited in Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S News and World Report and USA TODAY. The Women's National Book Association has honored him with their Lucille Micheels Pannell Award for his unique creativity in bringing children and books together.
Among the many prestigious festivals, conferences, and institutions at which he has been featured are, The National Storytelling Festival, The Joseph Campbell Foundation Festival of Myth, Folklore, and Story; The International Reading Association International Convention, The P.E.N. American Literary Center, The American Museum of Natural History, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Ganandagan-NYS Historic and Sacred Seneca Site, The Chautauqua Institute, The Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, The International Storytelling Institute, The National Council of Teacher's of English, The Mariposa Storytelling Festival, The Vassar College Summer Institute on Children's Book Publishing, New York State Environmental Protection Agency, The Talking Island Storytelling Festival of Honolulu, Hawaii--to name just a few.
Rafe Martin's writing has appeared in Parabola: The Magazine of Myth and Tradition; Blind Donkey; The Sun; Enquiring Mind; Storytelling Magazine; Mountain Record; Zen Bow; Karuna; Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and The Animals' Voice as well as in the books Who Says? Essays in Contemporary Storytelling; Between the Lines: A Modern Midrash; Peace Tales; Stories for the Spirit; Stories of the Heart; The Ghost and I; Read-to-Tell Tales, More Best-Loved Tales from the National Storytelling Festival and in A Treasury of Stories Recorded Live at the 20th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival. Rafe has a master's degree in English literature from the University of Toronto where he studied with such notable figures as Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan.
Tickets for Saturdays's performance are $18 advance sale or $20 at the door. For further information call 476-0466.