Storyteller Minton Sparks, C’84, to perform

  • on 4 Nov 2013
  • Guerry Auditorium
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All are invited to attend a storytelling performance by Minton Sparks sponsored by the Friends of the Library of the University of the South. The Friends meeting and storytelling will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Guerry Auditorium. A reception will follow the performance.

Minton Sparks is a wildly original poet, performance artist, novelist, teacher, and essayist. She earned degrees from the University of the South and Vanderbilt University. Her appearances range from the prestigious Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival to the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

Sparks’s books, Desperate Ransom and White Lightning, and her writing have received acclaim from NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered and BBC’s Bob Harris Show. Her performances have captivated audiences across the U.S. and Europe, and her CDs feature artists as diverse as blues sensation Keb Mo’, the legendary Waylon Jennings, and the acclaimed Irish singer Maura O’Connell. Sparks has appeared on stage with Ben Folds, John Prine, the Punch Brothers, Rosanne Cash, and country legend Pam Tillis.

In addition to writing and performing, Sparks teaches a writing/performance workshop, Create Your Story, across the country.

"The Nashville poet and storyteller unearthed another set of wondrous vignettes that once again drew an unforgettable picture of life in the South." 

         - Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun Times