Lyn Ford

(614) 581-3326 or (614) 237-7605

Fourth-generation Affrilachian storyteller, author and teaching artist Lynette (Lyn) Ford shares “Home-Fried Tales”–folktales rooted in her family’s oral traditions, spooky tales and original stories for all ages. Lyn’s work has taken her from the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland to the Talk Story Festival in Hawaii and back home again. Lyn has performed and presented workshops at some of the United State’s most-loved storytelling events, including: the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee; the National Association of Black Storytellers’ annual “In the Tradition” Festival and Conference; the National Storytelling Conference; Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah; the Tejas Storytelling Festival in Texas; Mariposa Storytelling Festival in California; The Haunting in the Hills at Big South Fork National Park in Tennessee, the Howell (Michigan) Scary Stories Concert, and Northlands’ own annual festival. Lyn’s stories have been published in storytelling anthologies and educational resources, as well as in the “Storytelling Magazine” of the National Storytelling Network. Lyn is especially proud that her books, including AFFRILACHIAN TALES: FOLKTALES FROM THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN APPALACHIAN TRADITION and BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH (Parkhurst Brothers Inc. Publishers) are winning awards and helping to keep Lyn’s heritage of tales alive. Lyn is also a wife, a mama, a grandma, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (soon to be a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher–wanna become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader?), and a good cook.