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NSN Storyteller Profile ... John Stansfield

John Stansfield, Storyteller and Writer

PO Box 588
Monument, CO 80118

(303) 660-5849


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For more than thirty-five years, storyteller and author John Stansfield has recounted stories from the American West and the world. Raised in Massachusetts and Texas, he received degrees from Holy Cross College and Emory University. A former Colorado classroom teacher, John has shared stories with more than a million people nationwide (not all at once) and is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician.

John Stansfield authored biographies, Enos Mills: Rocky Mountain Naturalist and John Denver: Man for the World (Filter Press 2005, 2008, respectively). His book, Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002), earned a Colorado Authors??&trade; League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. A story collection, Rocky Mountain Folk Stories: Tales to Read Aloud or Alone, is in preparation.

For his conservation efforts, the Wilderness Society presented him an Environmental Heroes Award in 2004. He served as an Artist-In-Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2014.

Types of stories I tell:

Historically accurate stories of Goodmen, Goodwomen and Children from the American West, including Chautauqua-style performances as National Park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as frontier doctor Charles Fox Gardiner. Fantastic Folklore-Tales from America, Asia, Ireland, Africa, and more. Literature Aloud! Stories, poetry, and ballads from children's, young adult, and adult literature

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Fees: $250 for first or only program; $100 for each additional program up to a maximum of four per day. Program length generally 45 to 60 minutes. Travel: Mileage charge outside Colorado Springs metro area. Travel and lodging reimbursement required for programs requiring overnight stay.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Colorado school districts

I am willing to mentor:

Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Rocky Mountain Storytellers, Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival Committee, Colorado Authors League, Wild Connections