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Storyteller Megan Hicks has a way with words. Add her warm sense of humor and deep respect for anybody who is now or ever was a kid, and you’ve got an award-winning performer who captivates audiences of all ages and from all walks of life.

“As a 7-year-old, I thought there were three career paths that looked really good for me,” shares Megan. “Performer, writer, and toy maker.”

The lack of a paying audience didn’t keep her from pursuing her career goals early: Megan belted out songs with her TV friends on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” penned poems about her pet lizard, and started repurposing found objects to fashion toys that suited her imagination.

There was no where to go but up, and by the time she was 20, Megan was in the money, living in Australia and singing for tips with a group of local musicians. “You have to start somewhere,” she points out.

Her first paid writing gig was in 1986, when she penned a feature for the State Fair insert of The Daily Oklahoman, and at about the same time she started making origami jewelry for a local gallery.

Today, Megan has earned an enviable reputation as a professional storyteller. She was featured as a New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival in 2011, and her credits range from small venues in rural America, to regional stages throughout the United States, and international programs on three continents.

Her awards include a Parents’ Choice® Silver for the CD, “What Was Civil About That War…” which was also a 2005 Finalist for an Audies® award in the category of Best Original Work. She received the Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award for “Groundhogs Meet Grimm,” a collection of her original parodies that was also tapped for Honors by NAPPA. Her fairy tale collection, "No Tricks. Just Magic" was awarded a Storytelling World Award, as was her live CD, "Like You're Really There: Megan Hicks Live at Jonesborough."

Megan is a sought-after workshop presenter and seminar leader, with credits that include Florida StoryCamp, the Northlands Storytelling Conference, Sharing the Fire, the National Storytelling Conference, Texas Storytelling Conference, Weber State University, the Virginia Library Association, Roads Scholars, and the Virginia Storytelling Alliance.

Her performance and presentation draw praises wherever she goes, and she takes her love of whimsy with her as she creates new stories and adaptations, and discovers new purposes for the “found objects” that continue to inspire her ingenuity.

“I’m all grown up now,” says Megan, “and I’m telling stories around the world, writing a lot of the stories I tell and, when I’m not performing, making art that people want to play with. I’ve realized all three of my life’s ambitions.

 

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As a self-proclaimed Teller-Without-a-Niche, Megan dives heart-first into every story she tells – fairy tale, personal story, American history, parody, ghost & horror, humor – and magically, her listeners are happy to follow.

She performs throughout the United States, and she recently completed a month-long tour of China, adding a fourth continent – Asia – to her international storytelling credits.

Her awards include a Parents’ Choice® Silver for the CD, “What Was Civil About That War…” which was also a 2005 Finalist for an Audies® award in the category of Best Original Work. She received the Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award and Storytelling World Honor for “Groundhogs Meet Grimm,” a collection of her original parodies that was also tapped for Honors by NAPPA. Her collection of fairy tales – “No Tricks. Just Magic” – received a Storytelling World Award, as did her recording "Like You're Really There: Megan Hicks Live at Jonesborough."

Megan is a sought-after workshop presenter and seminar leader, with credits ranging from storytelling festivals and conferences across the U.S., bi-lingual schools in Latin America and China, libraries in Australia and New Zealand, juvenile detention centers, and the FBI Academy.

 

personal historian bio

Megan Hicks was born in the Texas oilfields during the Baby Boom to two survivors of the Great Depression – a fighter pilot and a war bride.  She graduated from high school during the Nixon Era – when the Watts Riots, the Free Speech Movement, the Black Panther Movement, and the Vietnam War were breaking news.  While she never had first hand experience with any of these epochs and events, they all influenced her life then and the adult she would become.