CINCINNATI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Brings Nationally-Acclaimed Storytelling Talent to Queen City

CSF_ 2020 logo(CINCINNATI, OHIO)  Paul Strickland has been a Cincinnati favorite for years, and has traveled with his beloved Trailer Park Trilogy and other storytelling shows to fringe festivals all over North America. He’s also a nationally acclaimed storyteller, and will be taking his stories to festivals like the Paris Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and more. But why is Paul travelling to tell his stories? Why not bring his favorite storytellers here?

Madcap Education Center and other local arts organizations have asked Paul Strickland to help them do just that–bring more nationally recognized storytellers right here to Cincinnati, while championing local Cincinnati favorites at the same time! February 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2020 will see Cincinnati’s first Storytelling Festival.


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Lyn Ford

Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation, nationally recognized, Affrilachian* (of African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia) storyteller, a teaching artist and workshop facilitator with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, a Thurber House mentor, a writer published in storytelling magazines and newsletters, as well as teachers’ enrichment books and story anthologies, editorial collaborations (in 2018, look for: Boo-Tickle Tales and Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs; in fall of 2019, look for: Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work and Wonder, works of heart with friend and fellow storyteller Sherry Norfolk), and her own books, a recording artist with award-winning CDs, a storytelling, creative-writing workshop, and interactive keynote presenter, and a happy partner-in-life, mama, grandmama, great-grandmama, and good cook!

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Bill Lepp

Bill Lepp: Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. A nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

Bil is the author of six books and sixteen audio collections. His first children’s book, The King of Little Things, won the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, received a Kirkus Starred review, and favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The School Library Journal and other publications. It also won the Zena Sutherland Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was a finalist for the Irma Black Award, and was chosen to be West Virginia’s book at the National Book Festival.

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Paul Strickland.

Paul Strickland has been a Cincinnati Favorite since moving here in October of 2014. Most of Paul’s stories were told to him by his Ain’t True and his Uncle False, who live in Big-Fib Cul-de-sac, a small trailer park just off the coast of Factual in the mythical America south. His hilarious and heart-felt tall tales have won “Best of Fest” seven times at Fringe Festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Strickland has performed at theaters, festivals, comedy clubs, and more, including two prisons, where he was not an inmate at the time. Selections from his show Levels of Difficulty can be heard on XM Sirius radio.


Thursday February 6th through Saturday February 8th, 2020, local and national storytellers will converge on the west side of Cincinnati to tell stories and teach workshops.

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Please visit our website at to find more information.

Tickets and passes can be purchased online by going to, or by phone at (513) 241-6550.

Venue: Madcap Education Center, 3064 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH – in Westwood

Full Schedule on Website

Rating: Family-Friendly when Noted

Tickets: See website for details

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