Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, is a storyteller who excavates and decorates the bones of traditional folk and fairy tales as an invitation to others to do the same; her focus is reimagining traditional folktales to make them emotionally resonant for contemporary listeners. Del Negro has been a featured storyteller and presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Northlands Storytelling Conference, the Mariposa Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival, the Moonshell Storytelling Festival, the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference, the Tejas Storytelling Festival, and many other celebratory events. Her book, Folktales Aloud: Practical Tips for Playful Storytelling was awarded a Storytelling World Resource Award in 2015; her most recent title, Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling, was published in 2017. Her latest recording is Fortune’s Daughters: Ghost Tales and Folktales. In 2016 Del Negro received the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, “presented to artists who are recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.” Del Negro is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.


Open mics are lively, casual and always fun.
All tellers and listeners are welcome.


There will be:
Stories (up to 10 minutes)
Story feedback upon request
Information about future storytelling events


Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Janice Del Negro- 8:15 p.m.


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated

7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305


For more information:
margaret@margaretburk.com or info@storytelling.org


Illinois Storytelling, Inc. is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Illinois Storytelling, Inc. is a state-wide network of professional and emerging storytellers, as well as a large and diverse listening audience, dedicated to our mission of connecting generations, nurturing communities, and celebrating our diversity through Story.


We celebrate Story in all its forms – old tales, new tales and the diversity of storytelling styles – and provide website services, event production, professional growth opportunities, and a network of support to preserve the art and tradition of storytelling.