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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Charles Kiernan

4458 Coffeetown Rd
Schnecksville, PA 18078

(610) 417-7749


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Storyteller Charles Kiernan, now retired from gainful employment, performs at theatres, listening clubs, schools, libraries, arts festivals and even a sculpture garden. He is also coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, Pennsylvania State Representative for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase and Pennsylvania State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network.

He has, of late, been fobbing himself off as Mark Twain with some success. Twain is wont to ramble on about his boyhood memories, the newspaper publishing business, life on the Mississippi and frogs. Mostly, though, he likes to talk about the river.

The intent of the show is to give the audience a bit of Twain's biography, his humor and his viewpoint. The subject for his talk is his evolving view on what is man. To illustrate his view on this subject at various points during his life, he feels compelled to give the audience some of his personal history (he being his favorite topic).

His conclusions are what you might expect if you know something about Twain. It's the journey to that conclusion that is the fun.

Charles also performs Americana tales, collectively labeled as the "Lost Dollar" stories. This collection of wisdom and humor is woven into the life of a little village stuck way back in the hills. Just ask about Uncle Willard's Catfish.

Departing from this continent, he also specializes in Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Be warned, however, he does tell them in their original spirit, under the belief that the "grimness" of Grimm serves a purpose, and should not be removed.

Types of stories I tell:

One Man Mark Twain show, Appalachian -Lost Dollar Stories, Brothers Grimm & Old English Tales

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Please inquiry.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, Pennsylvania Representative National Youth Storytelling Showcase, NSN Pennsylvania State Liaison