Portland Storytellers' Guild presents WHAT MATTERS

Howard Adler says he has been telling stories all his life, originally to get himself out of trouble with his mom and the law. His focus has changed since that time to include personal stories, traditional tales and original myths and legends. As a child he was known for his wild imagination. Now he is known as a storyteller.

Maura Doherty loves to tell and write stories about growing up in the Bronx, her travels across the country and the many adventures she’s had along the way. She believes, along with the poet Muriel Rukeyser, that “we are made of stories” and encourages us to find the story within ourselves and share it.

Wink Harner began training as a multilingual storyteller with the South Mountain College Storytelling Institute. Off stage she has “spent several lifetimes of careers” as a foreign language professor, translator, interpreter and typesetter as well as a manager of disability services and a developer and trainer of assistive technology programs in higher education. She has told stories in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English “with some Quechua and Nahuatl thrown in.”

Brian Rohr (brianrohr.com) is a professional storyteller who has taught and performed at major conferences, festivals, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries throughout the country. Brian usually focuses on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – that can inform us on how to live our lives, helping to make sense and meaning of our own living world. This time, however, he will focus on stories from his own life.

05/04/2019 7:30 PM

Door Time: 7:00 PM

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We all have a storyline that arcs through our lives. But how does that storyline connect us to what is important to ourselves and to each other?

In “What Matters,” the Portland Storytellers Guild monthly show at the Clinton Street Theater, Saturday, May 4, storytellers Howard Adler, Maura Doherty, Wink Harner and Brian Rohr detail a series of funny, touching and heartbreaking adventures that helped them discover what really matters to them.

Howard Adler says he has been telling stories all his life, originally to get himself out of trouble with his mom and the law. His focus has changed since that time to include personal stories, traditional tales and original myths and legends. As a child he was known for his wild imagination. Now he is known as a storyteller.

Maura Doherty loves to tell and write stories about growing up in the Bronx, her travels across the country and the many adventures she’s had along the way. She believes, along with the poet Muriel Rukeyser, that “we are made of stories” and encourages us to find the story within ourselves and share it.

Wink Harner began training as a multilingual storyteller with the South Mountain College Storytelling Institute. Off stage she has “spent several lifetimes of careers” as a foreign language professor, translator, interpreter and typesetter as well as a manager of disability services and a developer and trainer of assistive technology programs in higher education. She has told stories in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English “with some Quechua and Nahuatl thrown in.”

Brian Rohr (brianrohr.com) is a professional storyteller who has taught and performed at major conferences, festivals, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries throughout the country. Brian usually focuses on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – that can inform us on how to live our lives, helping to make sense and meaning of our own living world. This time, however, he will focus on stories from his own life.