Artist / Program Description
Born in Spring Grove, Illinois, where his ancestors first settled in the 1840s, Jim May’s stories resonate with the rural voices of the Illinois prairie. His relatives told stories as part of the social fabric of the community. In 2000, Jim received the National Storytelling Network’s highest award, an induction into the Circle of Excellence. Jim is an Emmy Award-winner (Chicago Public Television, 1989) and has appeared four times at the National Storytelling Festival and at Towersey and Sidmouth – England’s oldest and most respected folk festivals. He also has appeared on the Studs Terkel radio show in Chicago.
Stories from The Banks Of The Nippersink: A one-man show of “coming of age” stories from Jim’s critically acclaimed collection of stories, The Farm on Nippersink Creek (August House, 1994).
World Myths, Legends and Folk Tales for the Whole Family: This is an entertaining program of traditional stories for all ages that also examines moral values and perspectives on the role of compassion and justice in fairy tales and myths. (Includes stories in Spanish.)