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The Process Series: Remembrance and Renewal Storytelling Festival – Welcome (Jaki Shelton Green)

February 17 @ 7:30 pm

Recognizing the power and potential of storytelling in its many forms at this pivotal moment in American culture and politics, the Process Series in partnership with UNC’s Department of American Studies will present a Storytelling Festival February 17-21 2021, drawing on the skills of some of the nation’s most prominent and diverse storytelling practitioners.

The Festival will feature both traditional and contemporary stories from nationally and locally known storytellers. The programming will focus on diverse voices, all addressing these ideas: How can storytelling illuminate the world as it exists now?; Can storytelling build community and create cultural and institutional change?; What can a community do to invite a diversity of voices to share personal and cultural stories that have shaped the way they live and the way we understand others?; Can Storytelling be an effective platform to battle systemic racism?

The Welcome for the festival will be given by Jaki Shelton Green, the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Pat Cooper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature.”

Jaki will start the festival off with a story called “What We Keep Keeps Us.” The story is based on an artifact that has been passed down and holds many narratives. it is a story of whispering ancestors who continue to guide, instruct, and direct.

She will be joined by:

  • Milbre Burch, a Euro-American storyteller, published writer, produced playwright, archivist, storytelling studies scholar and Grammy-nominated spoken word recording artist. She is currently a Research Collaborator with the American Studies Department.
  • Jasmin Cardenas, a “next-generation teller.” An activist, actress, storyteller and Theater of the Oppressed (TO) practitioner, she was born to Colombian immigrants and is based in Chicago, IL.
  • Dovie Thomason, a Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller and advocate for First Nations People. Dovie tells traditional tales from the Lakota and Kiowa Apache traditions, and researchers and crafts tales about the history of Indian boarding schools, the Wild West shows f the 19th century and other moments of collision between the colonizing culture and the indigenous peoples of North America.

For tickets and information, visit or call 919-843-5666.


February 17
7:30 pm


The Process Series