UNK-Emmy award-winning storyteller Jim May is one of the many storytellers who will be featured at the 2001 Kearney Storytelling Festival. The festival includes workshops and performances at MONA, UNK, and area schools from Jan. 11-22.

The “Storytelling in the Classroom” workshop for all teachers (including schools, churches, camps, corporations, and museums) will be presented at UNK in the Ockinga Conference Room on Wed., Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The “Telling the Story, Healing the Wound” workshop for educators, counselors, ministers, nurses, and other health professionals will take place on Thurs., Jan.18, from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Both workshops are open to the public free of charge.

The Healing Art of Storytelling presentation will take place at MONA on Jan.20 with sessions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The 1 p.m. tellers are Jim May, Peggy Reinecke, Chaele Arkfeld, David Landis, Vale Vasquez, and Regina Leininger. The 3 p.m. tellers are Barbara McBride-Smith, Mary Henning, Nancy Duncan, and Lucy Duncan. The featured guest are Barbara McBride-Smith and Jim May. Barbara McBride-Smith is a world-renowned Tulsa librarian described with a sassy southern wit.

Jim May is an Emmy award-winning storyteller and the author of the critically acclaimed Farm on Nippersink Creek and a children’s picture book, The Boo Baby Girl Meets the Ghost of Mabel’s Gable. He holds a Masters Degree in education and is a trained counselor. He received a Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network in July of 2000. Both readings are open to families free of charge.

An evening storytelling performance will also be given by Jim May. The evening performance is not recommended for children younger than 10. The cost of this telling is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.