"No one in the world, yes, in the world, can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli... In another day, another country, another gender, Gioia Timpanelli would have been a seanachie, a wandering Irish story teller, earning dinner and a bed with the magic of the word... she moves you from darkness to light and back again and startles you with gorgeous splashes of color, the glory of a parrot's tale."
"She has the capacity to draw out the very depths of the power of myths and narrative and to take literature back to its sources before your eyes (and ears.)"
"I love almost all storytelling, but this woman, Gioia Timpanelli, is the greatest I have heard in the art."
— Robert Bly
Story Traveler is a weekly series of five-minute stories told by Gioia Timpanelli, widely considered to be one of the world's foremost storytellers. Her unscripted stories, both contemporary and world folk tales, come from everywhere, blending ancient and modern themes, and speak to the heart and the imagination.
Story Traveler is heard on NCPR weekly as part of the 4 pm hour of Music for a Monday, and weekday mornings from time to time as part of The Eight O'Clock Hour.
Gioia won two Emmy Awards for her series of programs on storytelling, Stories from My House, which aired on PBS. She has also received the prestigious Women's National Book Association Award for bringing the oral tradition to the American public, and the Maharishi Award for "promoting world harmony wherever she goes by enlivening within the listener that field of pure consciousness that is the source of all stories." She received The American Book Award for Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily. What Makes a Child Lucky is her most recent novel. She makes her home in the Hudson Valley.