Loren Neimi

Loren Niemi told his first formal story in first grade to the disapproval of Sister Mary Margaret and has been at it, more or less nonstop, since then. For the last 40 years, he has been an innovative professional storyteller creating, collecting, coaching, directing, performing, and teaching stories — traditional and personal, funny, scary, erotic, or poetic — to audiences of all ages in urban and rural settings. He is also author of the award winning The New Book of Plots on the use of narratives in oral and written forms and co-author with Elizabeth Ellis of the critically acclaimed Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories on the value and necessity of stories that are hard to hear and harder to tell. He was a 1998 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and the recipient of a 2016 National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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