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Stephen Hollen
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  • Dayton, OH
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Stephen Hollen, Professional Storyteller, & occasional Mark Twain Impersonator 937-371-4071

Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for nearly 35 years.  He is a full time Storytelling Professional.  His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Appalachia, listing to Uncles, Aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone chilling stories!

He has a degree in Oral Interpretation from Georgetown College... Oral Interpretation? Storytelling of course!  Through the years Stephen has told stories in 26 states and Canada (so far). 

One of the achievements Stephen is proudest of is the Heritage Award presented to him in 2005 at the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was chosen "Man of the Year" in 2007 and was elected to Who's Who in America in 2000, 2001 and 2003. His poetry - known by him as "ragged verse" has been selected to appear on a number of websites and his poem remembering 9/11 traveled around the world and appeared in German and Russian websites!

Stephen's storytelling blog - http://www.mountainstories.net enjoys huge popularity and has a large following of readers. Thousands of readers stop monthly to read the humorous stories, bittersweet memories and wonderful word pictures written by this talented author and poet.

Perhaps you were introduced to Stephen Hollen at a festival, school or community event as he told stories, shared inspirational stories or shared his warm humor. Wherever you crossed his path, there is no doubt that he is a cheerleader. As he stands on a platform he makes you smile, makes you think, encourages you to come up higher.

When he talks about his "hometown of Beloved, Kentucky", characters like his Cousin Peanut, Uncle Billy Gilbert or Birdie Sue Poovey, you will grin with recognition because you have kin just like them. As he reads his ragged verse, his warm bass voice slowly weaves a picture of lightening bugs dancin' at dusk, of mist creepin' down a mountain like molasses on a cold plate... and you find yourself entranced, smiling at the memories he weaves around his audience.

Stephen Hollen is an unsung ambassador for Eastern Kentucky. You can see it in the twinkle of his eye, hear it in the richness of his voice as he asks you to come along and go with him back home... to the hills.

 

You can also learn more at: www.stephenhollen.com

Contact Stephen at 937-371-4071 or e-mail him at: stephen@stephenhollen.com

Latest Activity

Judi Tarowsky left a comment for Stephen Hollen
"Any news for the 2013 Conference?"
Jan 17, 2013
Stephen Hollen posted a blog post

IMAGE and PRESENTATION

Ten or twelve years ago all my storytelling promotional materials said, "Stephen Hollen, Appalachian Storyteller". That is who I was and (I thought) what I did. I was and still am proud to be an Appalachian. I am a mountain boy through and through. I thought it odd that no one ever contacted me to tell other types of stories. I had…See More
Aug 1, 2012
Stephen Hollen and Thad Hicks are now friends
Jul 19, 2012
Stephen Hollen joined Eric Wolf's group
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OOPS Board

All members fo the current Board of OOPS
Nov 19, 2011
Stephen Hollen posted a blog post

Postcard Marketing for Success

After scheduling my 105th gig for 2011 earlier today, several storytellers asked what I am doing different to get this many. So, without giving away the farm, I’ll share the process.  There is nothing terribly different, just a constant commitment to marketing.  Do note, one thing that is different is that I do not market myself as a storyteller.  I market programs.  That keeps me fresh for the audience I market to and does not make other storytellers “competition”. First of all, I am not…See More
Oct 27, 2011
Geraldine Buckley commented on Stephen Hollen's blog post Marketing A Specific Program
"This is so helpful!  Thank you Stephen! Blessings and success to you!   Geraldine www.geraldinebuckley.com"
Sep 23, 2011
Stephen Hollen posted an event

Settler's Celebration at Cedarville, Ohio

September 24, 2011 all day
Sep 22, 2011
Stephen Hollen might attend Eric Wolf's event
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Young's Jersey Dairy Storytelling and Haunted Wagon Ride every Friday and Saturday in Oct at Young's Jersey Dairy

September 30, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Things are going to get a little scary around Young’s this fall! Our Haunted Wagon Ride and Scary Stories are designed for families with children. It will be scary!A responsible adult must accompany all children under age 11. This is a family fun activity that will help get you into the proper Halloween spirit!PARENTS: We have designed this ride for families with children. We don’t touch, grab, or chase anyone, but we do try to make it scary and fun. The ride goes into a very dark cornfield…See More
Sep 22, 2011
Eric Wolf left a comment for Stephen Hollen
"Stephen - what a great blog post! Something I need to revisit for sure."
Sep 19, 2011
Stephen Hollen posted a blog post

Marketing A Specific Program

One of the things I learned along the way as a storyteller was a hard lesson that not all of us have picked up on.  I have to admit that I didn't follow the advice I am about to give for a good while.  It took me several years as a working storyteller to learn this lesson. You've seen the promotional material, or maybe even have some materials similar to what I used years ago.  Beautiful, thoughtful, artistic even, promoting Stephen Hollen, Storyteller.  Trifold brochures that pack every…See More
Sep 19, 2011
Stephen Hollen is now friends with Ilene Evans and Lindsay Bonilla
May 2, 2011
Stephen Hollen updated their profile
May 1, 2011
Stephen Hollen commented on Melanie Diane Pratt's blog post OOPS! Conference just around the corner
"I'll be there, Cousin!"
Apr 22, 2011
Stephen Hollen posted a blog post

Spring has Sprung

OK, it is not official yet, but spring is in the air.  summer is not far behind as is the festival season.  Since going full time as a storyteller I have been busier than ever (though not as busy as I would like! chuckle).  this summer I am excited about several storytelling opportunities as well as some Mark Twain gigs at festivals and other events.It is a great day today!See More
Mar 16, 2011
Stephen Hollen commented on Melanie Diane Pratt's blog post Upcoming O.O.P.S! Conference, etc.
"I plan on being there, cousin!  I look forward to seeing you!"
Mar 14, 2011
Stephen Hollen posted photos
Mar 14, 2011

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Stephen Hollen's Blog

IMAGE and PRESENTATION

Ten or twelve years ago all my storytelling promotional materials said, "Stephen Hollen, Appalachian Storyteller". That is who I was and (I thought) what I did. I was and still am proud to be an Appalachian. I am a mountain boy through and through.…

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 2:30pm

Postcard Marketing for Success

After scheduling my 105th gig for 2011 earlier today, several storytellers asked what I am doing different to get this many. So, without giving away the farm, I’ll share the process.  There is nothing terribly different, just a constant commitment to marketing.  Do note, one thing that is different is that I do not market myself as a storyteller.  I market programs.  That keeps me fresh for the audience I market to and does not make other storytellers “competition”.



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Posted on October 25, 2011 at 3:20pm

Marketing A Specific Program

One of the things I learned along the way as a storyteller was a hard lesson that not all of us have picked up on.  I have to admit that I didn't follow the advice I am about to give for a good while.  It took me several years as a working storyteller to learn this lesson.

 

You've seen the promotional material, or maybe even have some materials similar to what I used years ago.  Beautiful, thoughtful, artistic even, promoting Stephen Hollen, Storyteller.  Trifold brochures…

Continue

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

Spring has Sprung

OK, it is not official yet, but spring is in the air.  summer is not far behind as is the festival season.  Since going full time as a storyteller I have been busier than ever (though not as busy as I would like! chuckle).  this summer I am excited about several storytelling opportunities as well as some Mark Twain gigs at festivals and other events.

It is a great day today!

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 11:44am

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At 5:15pm on January 17, 2013, Judi Tarowsky said…

Any news for the 2013 Conference?

At 8:51pm on September 19, 2011, Eric Wolf said…

Stephen - what a great blog post!

Something I need to revisit for sure.

 
 
 

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