Oba William King, The Poetic Storyteller, presents programs of story, song, and drum for all ages, all cultures. Oba recently appeared at The National Storytelling Festival Teller in Residence, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, The Kennedy Center Family stage, Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival and A Storyteller’s Celebration at Park Forest.


Oba is an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient, Illinois Humanities Council “Road” Scholar and Hidden Jewel of the Neighborhood. He will be a Feature Storyteller at The National Association of Black Storytellers festival and conference in Wichita, KS in November.


Oba’s recent books include Firefly and Little Star, a storybook for young readers and R.E.A.D. designed for Early Readers and Pre-Teen age youth each available via Amazon online. obawilliamking.com


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.
Oba William King - 8:15 p.m.


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated


Dominican University
Lewis Hall, Lewis Lounge
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305


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

Saturday Evenings
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Stories start at 7:00

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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.