Anne Shimojima has delighted youth and adult audiences of all sizes with her graceful and spirited performances of literary stories, historical pieces, and folk tales from her Asian heritage and around the world. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in New York City, and in festivals, schools, libraries, senior communities, and museums across the country. An award-winning school library media specialist for over thirty years, Anne taught storytelling for National-Louis University and gives workshops on the use of storytelling in the classroom and library media center. Her CD, Sakura Tales; Stories from Japan, won a Storytelling World Resource Honor Award in 2019.
One of Anne’s most moving programs is Hidden Memory, the story of her Japanese American family’s immigration to the United States and experience in the incarceration camps of World War II. Her family history workshop guides participants in the creation of their own family history projects.
Please visit Anne’s website to see her calendar, learn about programs, and listen to a story.