“The Best of New York: Storytelling at The Cornelia Street Café…” – NY Daily News
Barbara Aliprantis, Guest Curator/Emcee
Slash Coleman can only be described as a quirky renaissance man who does everything. He is a storyteller, author, visual artist, playwright, jazz pianist, blogger forPsychology Today, award-winning PBS producer of The Neon Man and Me, winner of a United Solo Best Drama Award, and author of the wildly popular best-selling bookThe Bohemian Love Diaries…need we say more? Yes! After a successful book tour promoting “…Love Dairies,” Slash returned to his home "down south" - Virginia - taking a well-deserved sabbatical to create works of art and to write another book. New York City welcomes him back with open arms.
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi’s eclectic mix of folktales, literary tales, myths and tall tales enables her to tell stories to all manner of audiences, both young and old, in libraries, churches, retirement homes, schools, conferences and festivals. She finds the experience of sharing stories through the spoken word to have a profound power to enlighten and educate and conducts storytelling workshops for adults and teachers. Through her school residency programs, she helps children to tell and write their own stories. Lorraine particularly enjoys combining art and story in unique hands-on workshops for children and adults. She lives New York’s Hudson Valley region.www.lorrainetells.com
Karen Pillsworth has been enchanting audiences with her stories in the U.S. and Canada for over 25 years. She has performed in libraries, camps, churches, parks, schools, festivals and historic sites. She is regularly featured at House and has shared her stories on WAMC National Public Radio. She also conducted storytelling workshops and made keynote addresses in venues in the Northeast. As Storyteller Laureate of Kingston, N.Y. it is Karen’s honor and privilege to serve the people of Kingston by sharing her stories at events throughout the city and helping raise funds for various organizations. www.karenpillsworth.com
Janet Restino is a "soul" poet--who speaks/sings her poems. She’ll be back on the air on cityworldradio.com soon Meanwhile we can listen to her shows "HEART & SOUL" in the archives from the beginning of June to end of Dec. 2013! www.cityworldradio.com. Janet is an artist with a wide range of experience in many media for over 30 years, tuned to the history of art and the future of art. Visual arts: painting drawing and photography. A published writer of poetry, comedy and very short stories.
Barbara Aliprantis, tonight’s guest host, is the recipient of an NSN Oracle Service Award & Founder of the New York STORY Exchange. She is a nationally acclaimed Storyteller/Mentor/Producer of Special Events and a Sign Language Instructor. http://barbaraaliprantis.wordpress.com. She founded the longest running evening storytelling series for adults here at the famed Cornelia Street Café. This series, "City Stories: Stoops to Nuts,” continues to this day, with Thomas Pryor.