Storytellers Plumb Their North Star

Edward Hershey draws stories from his career as a sportswriter, news reporter, author, teacher, government official, college publicist and union activist that includes stints as an antiques columnist, Shakespearean theater president, city alderman, college basketball announcer and, for 42 years, a mainstay of the George Polk Awards in journalism. His memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award.

As the BackRoads Teller, Rebecca Hom has been an adventuring storyteller for more than 30 years. She has shared, gathered and created stories across the U.S. and on six continents. Around a campfire, on a couch or in a crowded theater, it's all about the stories being shared. Currently Rebecca is entranced with the stories and history of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of WWII. More at www.rebeccahom.com

Ken Iverson has brought stories to life for audiences for over 35 years. He loves how a story can bring people together. He tells original stories and traditional and contemporary folktales and myths from around the world for all ages. Ken believes that the old adage “laughter is the best medicine is close to true. “It's not the only medicine,” he says, “but it is certainly the most fun to take.”

Enchanted by story from early childhood, Pam Maben entered storytelling through her work as a school librarian. For more than 25 years she has enjoyed telling archetypal tales—particularly folklore and mythology—that embody the wisdom of many generations and cultures and continue to offer deep meaning and application to contemporary situations. A graduate of the School of Sacred Storytelling, Pam especially enjoys telling stories in retreat, sacred, and community settings.

03/07/2020 7:30 PM

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Since the 14th Century, the North Star has guided voyagers —helping to determine their position and point them toward their destination — and also served as a metaphor, that constant people have come to depend on to point the way in moments of doubt in life’s voyage.

Howard Alder, Pam Maben, Holly Robison and Penny Walters,, four members of the Portland Storytellers Guild will dwell on this phenomenon in “Follow Your North Star” at the Clinton Street Theater, Saturday evening, March 7, revealing what they consider their “North Star” in true tales about how they followed it, were inspired by it and sometimes even strayed off course.

Do you have a “North Star” of your own? Maybe faith? Love? Family? Tradition? Their stories may help you identify it and plumb memories of where it led you.

Edward Hershey draws stories from his career as a sportswriter, news reporter, author, teacher, government official, college publicist and union activist that includes stints as an antiques columnist, Shakespearean theater president, city alderman, college basketball announcer and, for 42 years, a mainstay of the George Polk Awards in journalism. His memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award.

As the BackRoads Teller, Rebecca Hom has been an adventuring storyteller for more than 30 years. She has shared, gathered and created stories across the U.S. and on six continents. Around a campfire, on a couch or in a crowded theater, it's all about the stories being shared. Currently Rebecca is entranced with the stories and history of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of WWII. More at www.rebeccahom.com

Ken Iverson has brought stories to life for audiences for over 35 years. He loves how a story can bring people together. He tells original stories and traditional and contemporary folktales and myths from around the world for all ages. Ken believes that the old adage “laughter is the best medicine is close to true. “It's not the only medicine,” he says, “but it is certainly the most fun to take.”

Enchanted by story from early childhood, Pam Maben entered storytelling through her work as a school librarian. For more than 25 years she has enjoyed telling archetypal tales—particularly folklore and mythology—that embody the wisdom of many generations and cultures and continue to offer deep meaning and application to contemporary situations. A graduate of the School of Sacred Storytelling, Pam especially enjoys telling stories in retreat, sacred, and community settings.