Anne Shimojima has delighted youth and adult audiences of all sizes with her graceful and spirited telling of folk tales, literary stories, and historical pieces from her Asian heritage and around the world. In 2001 she performed in the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival. Her performances at festivals, museums, schools, and libraries include the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the JustStories Online Storytelling Festival, the Wild Onion Storytelling Celebration, the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An award-winning school library media specialist for over thirty years, Anne gives workshops on the use of storytelling in the classroom and media center. She has taught storytelling for National-Louis University and for seven years served on the Board of Directors of the Wild Onion Storytelling Celebration.
One of Anne’s most moving programs is Hidden Memory, the story of her family’s immigration from Japan to the United States and its experience in the incarceration camps of World War II. Her family history workshop guides and inspires participants to create their own family history projects and earned a standing ovation at the conference of the National Storytelling Network.