How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

by Tina Tomiyama, with help from Ashton Cynthia Clarke, Anna Ziss-Patton and Aprille Isham Oh, StoryMasters! Like all of you, I’ve relished Miyo Yamauchi’s stories, doled out to us once every few months on a Zoom screen—but who could have imagined the tremendous...
Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

by Ashton Cynthia Clarke I Zoom’ed in to SAC’s Historical Stories show on April 20 to learn more about the genre. Perhaps this was an area into which I might expand. Watching Lee Amatangelo tell “The Day the Sun Rose Twice,” I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a...
A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

By Tina Tomiyama On a brilliant Saturday afternoon in March, amidst flowers and trees, birdsong and cheerful chatter, 20 exhilarated guests assembled in a spacious back patio in View Park, CA. They were the lucky ones who’d gotten seats for a rare storytelling concert...
Remembering Michael S. Jones

Remembering Michael S. Jones

By Tina Tomiyama Michael S. Jones. Oh, what a man. We shall not see his like again. We’ll miss his handsome face, his rich baritone voice, and the warmth of his smile. We’ll miss his stories and his willingness to serve, as long as he was able to. Michael joined...
How a Pro Rolls

How a Pro Rolls

Oh, StoryMasters, what an honor, a pleasure and an education it is to watch Margaret Mitchell prepare for a storytelling gig! Margaret wrote a superb new story, honed it, sent it to Barbara Clark for her opinion, honed it some more, and timed it. When it was crafted...
What’s a PechaKucha?

What’s a PechaKucha?

If you want storytelling that’s a feast for your eyes as well as your ears, check out PechaKucha! PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) is pronounced something like “p’chak’cha,” and it’s graphic storytelling. Storytellers create a slideshow which runs on auto while...