I am Catherine Yael, a native of Asheville NC who brings to the stage Appalachian historical, folk, and tall tales, personal vignettes, and literary masterpieces seasoned with humor. Extensive travel and educational pursuits lend cultural relevance to stories that leave an emotional tang.
My love of storytelling has grown during many trips as a listener to the National Storytelling Festival and is fostered by Tellers in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough TN.
I am focusing on sharpening my skills under the workshop tutelage of Donald Davis, Adam Booth, Elizabeth Ellis, Geraldine Buckley, Kim Weitkamp, and looking forward to studying with Connie Regan-Blake. I am very grateful for the gift of time with Gwenda Ledbetter.
I was honored to tell at Asheville’s 2018 TELLABRATION!™ and serve on the board of the Asheville Storytelling Circle.
Currently I am working on a story series of the pre-World War II shtetl life of Poland and Ukraine to give voice to silenced relatives while continuing research and story development in my Appalachian backyard.