Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Storyteller and writer

A resident of Colorado and a storyteller since 1970, John has told stories professionally since 1979. During that time he has performed for more than one million listeners (thankfully, not all at once) in a great variety of settings. John's programs of stories and a cappella ballads feature: Western History and Environment; Literature Aloud!; and, World Folklore, especially American lore. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician.

A former classroom teacher, he is a specialist in storytelling in education, having taught storytelling and other courses at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1989, he founded the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, now the Douglas County Libraries Storytelling Festival. He spends his spare time hiking, skiing, and working to protect Colorado's wild places.

Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002) earned a Colorado Authors' League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award
For his conservation efforts, the Wilderness Society presented Stansfield an Environmental Heroes Award in 2004 and the John Wade Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club in 2013
John graduated with a degree in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
Colorado Authors League - National Storytelling Network - Rocky Mountain Storytellers - Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition - Wild Connections
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Speaker Topics: 
Writing Like a Storyteller - Storytelling: the Tell-Tale Art - Historytelling - Developing a Living History Character


Greetings, my name is Drew Bagby and I am a librarian at the Harmony Library in Fort Collins Colorado. My co-worker Miranda West put on an event with the Poudre River Public Library called History Comes Alive, and we were curious if you would be available for an hour long presentation as Enos Mills. The date we are looking to fill is September 14th starting at 7pm and ending at 8pm. We can talk compensation and paperwork once we hear from you. Thank you for your time - Drew

Good morning, we are looking for a story teller, who can elaborate on some of Colorado's history for an hour. May 3rd in Denver.

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