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Laura J. Bobrow
storyteller
elegant
clever
informed
Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago
--Thomas Haynes Bayly










    In her life Laura J. Bobrow has been a magazine editor, author, folksinger, sculptor, painter, poet, 
    and lyricist.  She juggled all of those pursuits at once.  But it was when she discovered the world of
    storytelling that everything came together.  The music, the art, and the visual excitement were all 
    there. The epiphany came at a children's book writers' conference when she listened to a storyteller
    describe the techniques he used to turn a "told" story into a book.  There has been no stopping 
    her since.

    Laura resides in Leesburg, VA. in an apartment filled with paintings and sculpture of her own creation 
    and containing file cabinets and computer discs filled with manuscripts.   Laura counts close to 600
    stories, poems, essays, and lyrics in her repertoire.  Laura shares the apartment with three cats 
        although she does not, personally, chase pom-poms or pieces of string, preferring to spend her time
        creating.

          In 1960 former Poet Laureate Louis Untermeyer dubbed Laura “the American Milne.” and she has
          been likened in print to  Hilaire Belloc, and  Edward Lear. She has been a judge for the annual 
          competitions of the Florida State Poetry Association and the Poetry Society of Virginia.  One of her 
          poems can be found in a fourth grade textbook in Abu Dhabi. 

         Laura's picture book for children, "The Captain's Beard," Willowisp Press, was popularly received 
         in 1995.   "The Book of Names." Kelsay Books, was published in 2012.  "Betrayed," a poetry chapbook 
         about aging was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015.

    Her work as a storyteller has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the New York 
    Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York City Opera, who have included her performances in their 
    fundraising auction catalogues.

    In addition to her acclaimed storytelling performances, Laura has been active in the storytelling
    world as the author of articles on the craft, a leader of workshops, and the originator of storytelling
    series and festivals.  Laura introduced storytelling to the prestigious International Platform 
    Association in 1993 and served on its Board of Directors for many years.  Most recently she was the
    founder of LAUGHS, “Loudoun's Annual Unforgettable Gigantic Hilarious Storyfest!” which was held
    in Sterling VA.  

    In May 2002 Laura was named Artist of the Month by the Loudoun Arts Council. 
    Laura is the recipient of a 2009 Storytelling World honors award for one of her CDs. 


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