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October 8, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Close-up of storyteller Michael D. McCarty, smiling broadly
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Storytelling Festival: Michael D. McCarty

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The internationally-acclaimed storyteller shares tales at our festival for the very first time!

Michael McCarty has a way of filling the room – even when he's not there! He'll be joining us virtually, to share folk, personal and historical tales for adults and teens.

About Michael D. McCarty
As a child, Michael McCarty heard the stories his mother read and told him. He began formally telling his own stories in high school in the ‘60s when he discovered amazing stories of Black history and culture that weren’t taught in schools. In 1992 he discovered the world of professional storytelling, and he has been telling stories and teaching storytelling around the country and around the world ever since. 

Michael specializes in stories of African and African-American history and culture, as well as multicultural stories. Since 2014 he has worked in California prisons as part of the Arts In Corrections program, teaching inmates to find, develop and tell their stories. He says his own life has been “one heaven of a story: student activist, Black Panther, U.S. Army martial arts instructor, acupuncturist, world traveler, spiritual seeker, construction worker, storyteller, husband, father and crazy friend. Never a dull moment!” 

About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival is all online! Thursday evenings in October, enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists.
  • October 1: Storyfest
  • October 8: Michael D. McCarty
  • October 12: Dovie Thomason
  • October 15: Chetter Galloway
  • October 22: Linda Yemoto
  • October 29: Olga Loya
About Storytelling
Storytelling is telling stories–without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing. According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.