Portland Storytellers' Guild presents the Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories

Stories are how we make meaning of our lives and our world. They make us laugh, think–and teach us how to be human. When the pace of change accelerates absurdly and our definition of “community” seems to change with every headline, stories can ground us and help us remember who we are.

The Portland Storytellers’ Guild preserves the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in the modern world by creating a space where teller and listener sit down and together, recreate the stories of our common humanity. Like all living things, stories come to life when they are nurtured by being told, heard and savored.

For 25 years, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild has been introducing people of the Pacific Northwest to the joy and power of stories in person, face to face. Old stories that may have been committed to print long ago breathe and move and sing again. New stories find their way from our lives into our tales. It is said that to be human is to have a story to tell. That is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about.

06/01/2019 7:30 PM

Door Time: 7:00 PM

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The seventh annual Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories concludes the most successful season in the Portland Storytellers Guild’s 34-year history when 20 storytellers perform over two evenings Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at the Clinton Street Theater.

Pre-purchased nightly tickets are $12 ($15 at the door) with a special two-day festival pass for $15. Doors open at 7 for pre-show entertainment each evening and the stories start to flow at 7:30.

Friday evening, emcee Eric Foxman presents eight of the Guild’s most popular performers – Barb Fankhauser, Edward Hershey, Pam Maben, Gretchen Peterson, Holly Robison, Franz van der Horst and the team of Norm Brecke and Anne Rutherford.

Saturday in Storython ‘19 the Guild previews its 2019-20 season with host Holly Robison introducing a dozen — count ‘em, 12 — performers, Jeanne Anderson, Mike Devenney, Patrick Gannon, Mike Goss, Wink Harner, Ken Iverson, Kitty Kaping, Simon Morgaine Anne Penfound, Juliana Person, Fiona Rickford, John Wylders who will each tell a five-minute story.

The festival was initiated in 2013 at the behest of Sarah Hauser, a revered Guild president, and named in her memory after she died in 2015.


Stories are how we make meaning of our lives and our world. They make us laugh, think–and teach us how to be human. When the pace of change accelerates absurdly and our definition of “community” seems to change with every headline, stories can ground us and help us remember who we are.

The Portland Storytellers’ Guild preserves the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in the modern world by creating a space where teller and listener sit down and together, recreate the stories of our common humanity. Like all living things, stories come to life when they are nurtured by being told, heard and savored.

For 25 years, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild has been introducing people of the Pacific Northwest to the joy and power of stories in person, face to face. Old stories that may have been committed to print long ago breathe and move and sing again. New stories find their way from our lives into our tales. It is said that to be human is to have a story to tell. That is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about.