Nebraska StoryArts

Our dedicated group of Nebraska StoryArts volunteer board members, contracted tellers and workers fulfills our mission by organizing and implementing an array of storytelling events with a limited budget.

Our signature events include: the Moonshell Storytelling Festival; a summer workshop for adults and camp for boys & girls ages 9 to 18; Spooky Stories.
We conduct events and outreach programs for schools, libraries and community agencies.

Our mission is to preserve, perpetuate, and celebrate storytelling of all cultures and to nurture, sustain, and develop the storytelling community of tellers and listeners.​
We're a lively bunch. If you'd like to help us out, become a member or volunteer or sponsor an event! Be part of the story.
Janice Del Negro
Featured Teller

Janice M. Del Negro, PhD,is a storyteller, author,educator, and coach.

Her newest storytelling book, Folktales Aloud: Practical Tips for Playful Storytelling, was published by the American Library Association in 2014; her latest recording is Fortune’s Daughters: Ghost Tales and Folktales.

Del Negro has been a featured speaker, storyteller, and workshop leader at the National Storytelling Conference, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the Mariposa Storytelling Festival, the Tejas Storytelling Festival, and many other celebratory events.

Del Negro is a senior board member of Illinois Storytelling, Inc. and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest,  Illinois.

She is a 2016 recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, “presented to artists who are recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.”​
Pippa White
Featured Teller                  

Pippa White has been a storyteller since 1994. She calls her One's Company Productions "part theatre, part storytelling, part history." Audiences call them unique, captivating and touching.

She has toured to 31 states and has performed at storytelling festivals (Timpanogos, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa Storytelling Festivals, to name a few) conferences, colleges, museums, libraries, performing arts centers and theatres.

These include the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Iowa State Center, the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, SUNY Orange, the Old Creamery Theatre, University of Minnesota, and many other venues (please see website). Her true stories of everyday people recounting extraordinary experiences appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Linda Gorham
Featured Teller

Most recent awards:​​
2016 Distinguished National Service Award from the National Storytelling Network

2016 Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Service from the National Association of Black Storytellers

Linda Gorham’s performances are filled with surprising twists and unconventional humor.

For the past 25 years, Linda has engaged audiences with interactive folktales, distinctive myths, notably twisted fairy tales, riveting well-researched historical stories, and humorously heartfelt stories about family life. Each performance is infused with Linda’s unique, signature ‘sophisticated attitude’.

Dan Bagley, Featured Storyteller
Dan Bagley lives in Nevada, Iowa, and is a member of the Des Moines Two Rivers Story Spinners and the Northlands Storytelling Network. Dan has told stories at the Moonshell Festival and the Fontenelle Forest in Nebraska, shared stories at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dan was a featured storyteller at the Erskin Water Carnival in Erskin, Minnesota. Iowa venues include the Story Festival in Story City, and Living History Farms in Des Moines. 
Al Batt, Featured Storyteller
Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist.

Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for "Bird Watcher’s Digest" and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska.

Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation.

Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.