Hannah Harvey     storyteller  |  speaker  |  ethnographer

Hannah’s energetic style brings humorous, compelling, contemporary Appalachian stories and international folktales to audiences of all ages.

Hannah is an internationally-commended performer, a nationally-known professional storyteller, and a distinguished teacher.  She has performed as a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee; received accolades for her performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland; and led intercultural workshops in Casablanca, Morocco.  Critics have called her work “very funny” (Theatre Guide London) and “deeply moving” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).

Hannah is the author of the DVD/audio course The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals (www.thegreatcourses.com).  She is currently working with the Great Courses on another course for families on children’s folktales (2017), and will be speaking on storytelling, identity, and cultural performance for the Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds lecture series at Yale University (April 2016).

After several years of full-time university teaching, Hannah (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) hopped off the tenure-track to raise her family in northeastern TN.  When she’s not telling stories to her own children, she teaches workshops on storytelling and performs across the eastern U.S.. She is the former managing editor of Storytelling, Self, Society journal and a past-president of Storytelling in Higher Education. 

“Hannah is a wonderful wordsmith, an energetic and articulate teller, with a remarkable insight into the souls of her characters.”  

Storytelling Festival of Carolina

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“Her stories, like a family tree, draw webbed lines from the present deep into the past...with humor and gravity in the telling, Harvey strives to give voice to a contemporary Appalachian identity richer and more complex than any of the stereotypes about the region she loves.”

Blue Ridge Magazine