Fourth-generation storyteller Lynette (Lyn) Ford is the author of two collections of orature from her family’s heritage of tales. Both books, Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition, and Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore, won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. Lyn’s latest two books from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers are: a collection of twisted folktale adaptations, resource information and creative-writing exercises for older students and adults, Hot Wind Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts; Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for ages 4 – 9, co-authored with friend and fellow storyteller and teaching artist, Sherry Norfolk.
Lyn’s work is in story anthologies and resources for educators, including: the award-winning The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum and Literacy in the Storytelling Classroom (both from Libraries Unlimited); Sayin’ Somethin’: Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers (National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.); The August House Book of Scary Stories (August House) and its accompanying educators’ enrichment guide, and Storytelling and QAR Strategies (Libraries Unlimited). Lyn’s CD, When the Gourd Broke, won a 2009 NAPPA Honors Award.
Lyn’s awards include: the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for Leadership and Service and Circle of Excellence Awards; the Friend of Education Award from Reynoldsburg (Ohio) public schools for her contribution of creative learning and enrichment experiences as Herbert Mills Elementary School’s storyteller in residence, and induction into the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Circle of Elders.
For more than 25 years, Lyn has provided stories for libraries and schools, keynote and closing presentations, workshops at universities, education and literacy conferences, and featured programs at some of the most prestigious storytelling conferences and festivals in the United States and Ireland.
Lyn is also a Thurber House mentor to young writers, an Ohio Teaching Artist in The Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and a great-grandma.