Since 1977, when he left his day job as a high school teacher in Connecticut and turned to storytelling full-time, Ed has fabulated his way around the globe –appearing in schools, churches, coffeehouses and theaters, as well as at major storytelling festivals. He has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival. In reviews of his work, Ed Stivender has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” by the Miami Herald and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor” by Kirkus Review.
Michele Carlo a.k.a. @Michele_asShell is an author/storyteller/comedy-adjacent performer who has appeared across the U.S., including NPR with Latino U.S.A., the Clearwater Music & Arts Festival, RISK! live shows and podcast, PBS’ Stories from the Stage, and the MOTH’s GrandSlams and Mainstage in NYC (full artistic resumes upon request). Many of Michele’s early Moth stories appear in her book Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, published by Citadel/Kensington in 2010. Other essays, stories and articles can be found in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York, SMITH magazine, Huffington Post, Chelsea Community News and Radio Free Brooklyn, among others.