Local storyteller awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Priscilla Howe 613 Sandusky Avenue Kansas City, KS 66101 785-331-6181 Priscilla@priscillahowe.com www.priscillahowe.com

KCK-based storyteller Priscilla Howe has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to do research in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015. Howe, a full-time professional storyteller since 1993, will be hunting for animal folktales and trickster tales in the archives of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies and Ethnographic Museum in Sofia, as well as at the House of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. She will perform stories during her five months in Bulgaria and promises to translate and perform Bulgarian tales for American audiences on her return.

“Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t realize I could even apply for this prestigious scholarship,” Howe says. She attended an event sponsored by the Kansas City organization Artist INC on how to apply for a Fulbright as an artist. There she learned that independent scholars, unaffiliated with a university, were eligible to apply. She succeeded in being named an alternate last year and reapplied. In addition to the five months she will be in Bulgaria next year, Howe has been invited to the Fulbright International Summer Institute outside of Sofia this August, where she will take courses in Bulgarian culture, history and language.

Howe studied in Bulgaria in 1983-84, and has retained her love of the country, people and language. She worked as a Slavic Librarian at the University of Kansas from 1986 to 1988, before becoming a Children’s Librarian in Connecticut. In 1993, she moved back to Lawrence, KS to be a full-time storyteller. She travels around the Midwest, the country and the world performing for children and adults at schools, libraries, festivals and special events, with and without puppets. A native New Englander, Howe lives in Kansas City, KS.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is, according to its website, “the US government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.” It has been in existence since 1961.

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