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M. Jennie Frost

Storyteller

Touring with Taleblazers: No

Grades: K - 12, Adult

Audience Limit: K: 30. Gr 1: 60. Gr 2-4: 90. Gr 5-12: 100

Presentation Limit: 4 hours (may be divided into 6 presentations total

Full day fee: $$600

Half day fee: $$325

Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies

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City: Edmonton

Province: Alberta

Postal Code: T6E2K8

Work Phone: same

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Tunnel Mountain Road, Winter Landscape, Decree Absolute (poems) Prairie Journal #34 NULL

Across 5000 Years: Stories from Ancient Greece and Modern Literature Written By 3-CD set, Storytellers Of Canada - Conteurs Du Canada Storysave Project 2013

"The Laidly Wyrm of Spindlestone Heugh", Undaunted Enchantments (2-CD set) TALES Edmonton 2010

"The Tiger and the Frog" (Story), TALES On the Wind (2-CD set) TALES 2009

"Power" Grain Magazine 2008

"Blacking the Baby" (story) and piano compositions, A Collection of T.A.L.E.S. (CD) The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling 2005

"The Bear", Under the Wide Blue Sky Red Deer Press 2005

Pygmalion and Other Greek Myths Written By 2-CD set, Created and told by M. Jennie Frost 2005

The Courtship Of Hippodameia Mellen Press 2005

"The Swords," Writers Undercover 10th Anniversary Anthology 2004

Ariadne at Dusk Classical Outlook 2003

Soup Cup (poem) Amethyst Review 2002

#F23: Child's Cup 2001

The Scarecrow Thief (short story) Brookridge 2001

"Space," In All Directions Anthology Fitzhenry and Whiteside 2000

Living Solo (poem) 2000

A Stranger's Perspective (poem) 1999

Language Teacher (poem) Prairie Journal #30 1998

Story Circle (poem) Appleseed Quarterly 1997

Across 5000 Years: Stories From Greek Myth And Modern Literature (3-cd Set; Www.storysave.wordpress.com)

Writing (poem)

PRESENTATIONS

STORYTELLING (K - gr.12)

- a mixture of folktales, narrative poetry, and/or literary stories suited to the age group of the audience

- whole programs of

o Greek mythology or history

o Roman legends and history

o Chinese folk tales

o Hans Christian Andersen tales (gr. 4-6 or junior/senior high)

o literary stories (junior/senior high)

o Ghosts and Gore (gr. 6 - 12)

o Halloween Happenings (K - gr. 6)

TALKS (gr.6 - 12)

- Readings and talk about my writing/storytelling process (gr. 6 - 12).

- Storytelling: Why and How (adults).

- A Quick History of the English Language (gr.6 - 12).

WORKSHOPS (1 class or 20 adults)

How to Learn to Tell a Story (2 hours)

Living in the Story World: Deepening Characters and Setting in Writing or Telling Stories (1 or 2 hours)

Dazzle and Smoke: Writing With Vivid Sensory Detail. Can be slanted towards poetry or prose. (1 or 2 hours)

Learn to Write the Greek Alphabet, with stories and vocabulary-building discussion (2 hours)

PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Drinking water and possibly a place to hang maps.

Jennie has 30 minute sessions for Kindergarten and grade one. Sessions for grades 2 - 12 are 60 minutes long.

Jennie has separate rates for hourly sessions and workshops, Please contact her directly for details.

BIOGRAPHY

Jennie Frost is a professional storyteller. She tells stories -- folktales, literature, myth, and history -- to any audience, kindergarten to adult. Because Jennie studied Classics at university, she has a large repertoire of Greek and Roman stories. She offers workshops in storytelling and writing, and weaves story into teaching the Greek alphabet and/or word origins in Latin and Greek.

   Since 1996, Jennie has performed in festivals, concerts, conferences, libraries, and schools in 61 Canadian communities. She has told at the Sprouts Theatre Festival, Fort Edmonton's Halloween Spooktacular, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Edmonton Book Fair, the Children's Fringe, and on the steps of the Alberta Legislature. She has given workshops to students gr. 4 - 12, adult beginners, librarians, and other storytellers and authors. She has taught storytelling courses for the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension and for the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association. Jennie has participated with other storytellers in Epic Weekends at Taylor Lake, Ontario; in Vancouver; and in Markerville, Alberta during which they retold the whole or a substantial part of Homer's Iliad, Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Indian epic Mahabharata, the Tibetan epic Gesar of Ling, Norse Myth: From Creation to Ragnarok, and the Icelandic saga Grettir the Strong. In 2013, Jennie recorded a 3-CD set Across 5000 Years: Stories from Ancient Greece and Modern Literature for the StorySave Project of Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada (www.storysave.wordpress.com).  StorySave records one Candian storytelling elder each year to preserve her/his unique voice and repertoire as part of Canada's oral heritage.

   Jennie is also an author. Her book The Courtship of Hippodameia, the story of a Greek princess, was published  in 2005 (Mellen, Lewiston, New York). In 2005, she also published a 2-CD set Pygmalion and Other Greek Myths (Edmonton), thanks to a Canada Council grant. She has had prizewinning stories and poems published in literary journals and anthologies.

   Jennie is a Past President of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada and of the Edmonton Chapter of TALES (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling). She is currently Treasurer for TALES Edmonton. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, The Edmonton Stroll of Poets, and the Canadian Authors Association.She has an M.A. in Ancient History and a B.Ed. (Secondary, Latin). She used to teach Latin full time in Grades 5 - 12 as well as in undergraduate university and adult extension programs.

AWARDS

Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada as an Elder in Canadian storytelling in Canadian storytelling and the next person to make a recording for the StorySave Project 2012

YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture., nominated 2012

Selected by Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada and the Canadian Children's Book Centre to tour Sault Ste. Marie and area during the Canadian Children's Book Week. 2011

Short Grain Contest, Prizewinner for "Power" 2008

Towards the Light 2008 Poetry Contest for Near Breaking (poem) 2008

Alberta Innovation Marketplace Poetry Contest, First Prize for Writing (poem) 2006

Granted a week-long residency at the Banff Centre to prepare a poetry manuscript. 2006

City of Edmonton Enbridge Emerging Artist Award, Nominated for this award. 2005

Mellen Press Long Poem Contest, honorable mention for The Courtship Of Hippodameia 2005

Amethyst Review Poetry Contest, First Prize 2002

CAA Toronto & Central Ontario Branch Winner's Circle Contest, honorable mention for The Scarecrow Thief (short story) 2001

Alberta Branch in the CAA National Millennium Story Contest, First prize Alberta 2000