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"Better than Netflix" - Leadership Jefferson
"A real West Virginia treasure." - Nila Cobb, WVU Extension
"Adam was master of word, movement, and music." Fanny Crawford, director of Stories In The Round
Adam Booth's original storytelling blends traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A focus on craft propels his handling of story. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, and five Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.
Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original cinematic style, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His telling appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center (three times), New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta) Spoken Word program, multiple events in twenty-three states, and collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company, Goose Route Dance Company, Frederick Chorale, and Hagerstown Choral Arts Society. Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, the National Academy of Medicine, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute. He is a member of the Recording Academy and his stories and recordings have been honored with a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents' Choice Silver Honors, five Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN's J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins. He is an adjunct instructor of Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and is the founding director of the Speak Story Series, now in its seventh season. Adam is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.