Storyteller David Joe Miller to give concert at ETSU as part of Storytelling Institutes

Contributed To The Press • Jun 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Storyteller David Joe Miller will be featured in a public concert at East Tennessee State University on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Studio 205 of the Campus Center Building.

Miller’s appearance at ETSU is part of the first of two programs in the ETSU Storytelling Program’s annual Storytelling Institutes. These institutes, which have been part of the program since 1992, feature three- and five-day master classes led by some of the world’s top performers and teachers of storytelling arts.

Miller’s three-day intensive on “Marketing Yourself as a Storyteller! From the Classroom to the Stage and Beyond,” to be held June 18-20, brings together everything he learned in 21 years as a freelance storyteller.

The Johnson City native started his career in Jonesborough as the staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association and Festival. After traveling the country as a freelance storyteller for years, he settled in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is actively promoting the art.

Miller has worked with schools, festivals and corporations like Disney and Eastman Chemical Co. He recently developed a reputation for producing spoken word shows for storytellers and poets at different venues in Asheville and Jonesborough under the WORD brand.

“David Joe will entertain, motivate and teach the audience, carefully guiding listeners through a storied adventure and then returning them home safely,” said Jimmy Neil Smith, retired president of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.

Admission to Miller’s concert is free, and donations will be accepted.

For more information on either the concert or the Storytelling Institutes, contact Dr. Delanna Reed, ETSU Storytelling Program director, at 423-439-7601 or [email protected], or visit www.etsu.edu/stories. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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