Hannah Harvey     storyteller  |  speaker  |  ethnographer

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


Hannah is an internationally-commended performer, a nationally-known professional storyteller, and a distinguished teacher.  Born and raised in southern Appalachia, Hannah has delivered performances and workshops at festivals and universities in the U.S., U.K., and Morocco. Her energetic style brings to life humorous and compelling stories of contemporary Virginia coal miners; life growing up in Appalachia; her grandfather’s childhood in the Cove, VA; and folk and fairy stories that have influenced southern Appalachian mountain culture, particularly the region’s Scottish heritage. Critics have called her work “very funny” (Theatre Guide London) and “deeply moving” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).


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., as well as for The Great Courses. 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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