1406 Macklyn Lane

Bartlesville OK 74006-5419


Cell 918-397-3079


Currently: Professional storyteller nationwide since 1982, overseas since 1993 (Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, England). Education consultant, freelance author, and singer/songwriter.  

Education: B.A. (biology) Wellesley College 1965; Ph.D. (botany) University of Wisconsin 1970.

Concert and Festival Appearances include: Tucson Festival of Books; Tejas Storytelling Festival; Japanese public schools and libraries, community centers, universities and festivals; Singapore Storytelling Festival; Spirit of Oklahoma; WinterTales (Oklahoma City); Tellers of Tales (AZ); Soundwaters ecology teaching ship (CT); SunFest Storytelling Festivals (Bartlesville OK ); Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering (Newport PA); Ozark Folk Center (AR).

Residencies and Workshop Sponsors include: StoryWorks Conference (Orem UT); Tucson Festival of Books; Tejas Storytelling Conferences; Sharing the Fire (NEST); Northlands Storytelling Network; National Storytelling Network conferences; U.S. National Park Service; Association of Science & Technology Centers; National Parks of Singapore; Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education; International Schools in Egypt, Hong Kong, Macau; New York City Storytelling Center; Asian Congress of Storytelling (Singapore and Bangaluru India); Longman Education Conference (Hong Kong); Japanese libraries and schools; Oklahoma Panhandle State University; Oklahoma Education Association. Artist in Residence with Oklahoma Arts Council 1985-2001. Artist in the Schools, Arts Council of Tulsa, 1985-2002.

Memberships: National Storytelling Network; Territory Tellers of Oklahoma; Tejas Storytelling Association; Northeast Storytelling (NEST); Nature Conservancy; Union of Concerned Scientists.

Awards: John Henry Faulk Award (Tejas Storytelling Assoc); South Central Leadership Award  (National Storytelling Network); International StoryBridge Award (with Hiroko Fujita: NSN): Pegasus Award for exceptional value of a story teaching aid (for Stories to Play With).

Publications:  Editor, Stories to Play With; Folktales from the Japanese Countryside; How to Fool a Cat; The Price of Three Stories. Author, Fran & Hiroko’s Story Book  I, II, and III (Japanese/English bilingual collections). Stories in Joining In, The Ghost & I, Favorite Stories from the Texas Storytelling Festival, Many Voices. Professional articles: Instructor, Yarnspinner, National Storytelling Journal, Storytelling Magazine. Adult fiction: national US magazines as well as in Britain, Holland, Sweden, Norway, South Africa. Guest Editor, Storytelling Magazine.  Original songs: Sing Out!, Autoharp Quarterly.

Recordings: “Crane’s Gratitude” and Other Tales Of Animal Wit & Wisdom; Cat o’ Nine Tales: Stories & Songs About CATS; Traveling Tales I & II; Stories and Songs for a Green Earth.