Blood, guts, spies and fat naked ladies will be the topics de jour when storyteller Priscilla Howe visits Coffeyville Community College on Sept. 25 as part of the college's Humanities Project. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.
In a mix of story and travelogue, Priscilla takes listeners on a tour through the year she lived in Eastern Europe, when there were very few Americans in Communist Bulgaria, along with a few vignettes of her sojourn in that country in 2015 collecting stories as a Fulbright Scholar. On that trip, she actually won a prize in a Bulgarian storytelling competition: “Vivid presentation by a foreigner.” Yes, she was the only foreigner.
A former librarian, Priscilla has been a full-time storyteller since 1993. She has a full repertoire of stories for grownups and older kids. She often begins her adult stories with the disclaimer, “All my stories start with a seed of truth.” Priscilla tours the country and abroad telling stories and giving workshops. To date, she has performed in the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Peru, Bulgaria, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, China, Romania and Belgium. She is in the process of publishing her first book, a collection of Bulgarian folktales.
Priscilla grew up in New England, the youngest of seven children, and now lives in Lawrence, Kan., with her cat Frankie. She’s also looking for the best restaurant pie on earth. Priscilla's website is located at www.priscillahowe.com.
For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.