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Find  a Teller

Meet Some of Our Storytellers

The Griots’ Circle of Maryland is a membership organization which is open to all storytellers and story lovers.  We are not a booking agent but provide information about some of our members who are performing storytellers. This listing is not an endorsement.  The event organizer should  contact tellers directly and get further information if you want to hire them. In this way, you can ensure that the storyteller you choose is a good fit for your needs. Fees, expenses, and contract requirements will vary and are to be settled between the teller and the event organizer.

Ophelia Brown-Carter

410-483-6425 / 410-236-9555

opheliaval@aol.com

Her friends know her as Val, the storyteller.  She shares some of the great African and African American folktales and stories.  She performs for children and families in churches, libraries and community venues in the Baltimore area.

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Renee Spears Emanuel

240-707-1828

renee.emanuel@yahoo.com

Renee is a gifted storyteller whose tales, songs, and poetry have captivated audiences. Her warm, personable style engages children of all ages, adults, and seniors and sets the stage for mutually enjoyed interactions between her and her listeners. Renee has performed at libraries, schools, conferences, and on public television. She accepts in-person, virtual, and hybrid engagements and will travel.

Cherry Love

443-570-4484

cherrylove1948@gmail.com

Cherry Love is a published poet and a writer of monologues.  She shares universal stories of families, faith and lovers.  Her audiences include children, teens, adults and families.  She performs in person and virtually in the Baltimore area and surrounding counties.

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Gordon Parks

410-655-2118

gormarpar1@aol.com

gordonparksperformer.com/

When he is telling stories, Gordon Parks is known as Soorah.  He performs folklore, historical stories, cultural tales in live, virtual and video presentations to young children, adults and families.  He is a master storyteller and workshop presenter who performs locally in Baltimore.

Bob Smith

410-209-7231

bobsmith@bobthegriot.com

www.bobthegriot.com

Bob Smith is an actor and storyteller whose talent is seen on stage, television and movies.  He performs in living history productions as Benjamin Banneker and Paul Laurence Dunbar as he "Brings Them Back Alive".  Bob's shows have been presented throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

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Edna Williams

443-683-4696

grandmotherpilgrimage@yahoo.com

Everyone knows her as Sacred Griot Grandmother Edna who strives to preserve our legacy and tell our story.  In Baltimore, she has received the Mary Carter Smith Legacy Award and other community citations.  She tells stories, presents workshops and presentations on the African American quilt tradition.  Her audiences are all ages and she is a local and national performer. 

Martha  Ruff

410-935-7638

sisruff@yahoo.com

Her storytelling friends know her as Sista' Martha.  She shares stories from Africa, the Caribbean and the tales of African Americans.  The audiences of all ages are drawn to Sista' Martha's call and response style.  She performs in person, virtually and  video in Baltimore; Laurel & Hagerstown, Maryland;  and beyond.

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Patricia Gaye Smart

240-784-0011

smartmedia.griot@gmail.com

Known as Griot Me-Momma May'et, Patricia is a storyteller and writer of folktales, biographies and African/African American stories and poetry.  She involves her audiences of all ages through their eager participation in song and  playing of provided percussion instruments.  Patricia performs in person or virtually and will travel.