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"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."
—Frank McCourt

"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.)"
—Gary Snyder

"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.

Story Traveler: The Bright Light

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The East Indian Bird Story

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli

Story Traveler: A little love for Valentine's Day

Story Traveler Gioia Timpanelli shares some thoughts about love and a poem by Robert Bly on this Valentine's Day. Gioia is a world-class storyteller who lives in the Hudson Valley. We'll be sharing her stories occasionally during Music for a Monday Afternoon with Jackie Sauter and The 8 O'Clock Hour. So, consider this our audio Valentine's Day card to you.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Janus

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Ryokan

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Giufa

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Stone Soup

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Golden Key

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Man Who Caught a Bird

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Three Pieces of Advice

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

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