A Storyteller’s Story
Diane Wolkstein was more than a storyteller: she was an interpreter of life. From 1967 to her death in 2013, Diane occupied a unique place in the world of storytelling and literature. Through her performances, teaching, books, and recordings, she played a major role in the renewed interest in mythology and the modern storytelling movement. Whether recounting epics, trickster stories or fairy tales, Diane entered and spoker from the heart of each story she told.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg named June 22nd, 2007 “Diane Wolkstein Day” in honor of her 40 years of service to New York City where she initiated America’s first graduate storytelling program, pioneered a year–round storytelling program for parks and schools, hosted her own radio show on WNYC&ndashAM/FM, and taught mythology at New York University, the New School, and Sarah Lawrence. Diane performed at the United Nations, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, and had been a frequent guest on PBS, NPR, and the BBC.
To learn more, visit her About page.