Literary Guest Speakers Announced for 2022 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Literary Guest Speakers Announced for 2022 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Gayle Ross and Dr. Caren Neile.

By Sharon Aron Baron

The city hasn’t seen a Festival of the Arts since 2019, but that will change in 2022, where volunteers are already organizing the two-day event. 

After two years of cancelations due to Covid-19, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has marked Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, 2022, for their 16th Annual weekend-long event.

The Festival promises to bring live music that inspires a kid-friendly zone packed with activities, fun, and entertainment and, in addition, will host Gardenfest.

One of the workshops is the Festival’s Literary Workshop led by renowned Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross and The Public Storyteller, Dr. Caren Neile, 

Heeld on Friday evening, March 18, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, the Library Workshop offers attendees a chance to compete for a cash prize.
Gayle Ross

An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Gayle Ross is a direct descendant of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokees during the infamous “Trail of Tears.” 

Her grandmother told stories, and it is from this rich Native American heritage that Gayle’s storytelling springs. During the past 25 years, Gayle has become one of the best-loved and most respected storytellers to emerge from the current surge of interest in this timeless art form. She will relate The Three Brothers Journey at the workshop, a uniquely Cherokee version of an epic hero’s journey tale.
Caren Neile

A performance storyteller, Caren Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies for the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University since 2000. She has worked in six countries, including Austria, Israel, and Poland.

Dr. Neile co-produces and co-hosts The Public Storyteller segment on South Florida public radio WLRN and numerous local storytelling events. During the Literary Workshop, Dr. Neile will speak on the art of storytelling and about her latest book, Pennina’s World: A Jewish Life in Stories.

During the March 18 Literary Workshop, attendees will be given an opportunity to sign up for a chance to show off their storytelling skills during a storytelling competition to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. on the Performing Arts Stage.

The storytellers will tell their own true, five-minute “Only in Florida” story and compete for a cash prize and a chance to be on Dr. Neile’s radio program. More details to follow closer to the event date.

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Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron
Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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