Winter 2013

Ouda Baxter heard about The Telling Room long before venturing in. After a year on the West Coast in which she had participated in an ongoing event called True Story, she returned to Maine to find Slant, The Telling Room's storytelling series. After discovering Slant that cold winter, she raved to anyone who would listen about it. As a volunteer, she's loved helping out with Fiction Camp, WordPLAY, and most recently, the songwriting workshop with Sonya Tomlinson and some amazing 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Reiche School. Working closely with kids, helping them get their brilliant ideas off the ground and running, and seeing what happens, is both highly rewarding and way too much fun. When not playing ukulele, climbing trees, or taking selfies with her housemate's cat, Isis, she island-hops in Casco Bay, dreams in technicolor 3D, and drinks copious quantities of tea.


As a stay at home mom and a work from home writer, Anna Cranage Conathan felt less than "homey." Her outgoing nature which had led to a background in acting, comedy and screenwriting, meant domestic containment was not a good fit. After relocating from Washington, DC to South Portland in July, her husband, Mike also started working from home, and he began to notice that her day-to-day state of being fluctuated between stir-crazy, socially bereft, and creatively jammed. It was out of fear, perhaps, that he suggested she find something outside the homestead to help occupy her time and mind. This is how Anna came to find The Telling Room, a magical place for writers and creatives, a space for writers of all ages to rally around Voice and its collective potential to rule the Universe, a corral for young minds fat with stories and those who would not only teach them but learn from them. Yes, whether is Anna is assisting in a workshop or getting down with Excel data entry, she is loving her time in The TR. Her husband reports that she's even been delightful at home.


Lesley Palmer found The Telling Room when she moved from central Maine to Portland three years ago and has been volunteering ever since. “Volunteering at The Telling Room has been one of the best parts of my life since moving to Portland a few years ago," she says. "When young people discover the power of their own words, it is magic--the kind of magic that The Telling Room creates from talented people and creative programs, and a contagious joy of expression. I am honored to be a part of it.” A published poet, Lesley also is the co-organizer of the Portland Writers Group, and has taught writing at Husson University in Bangor. When she isn’t writing, she is most likely baking something sweet or enjoying the outdoors. She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her son, boyfriend, and two cats.