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April 1, 2014

Storyteller at Corbin Library next week

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Calling himself “an unsung ambassador for Eastern Kentucky, professional Appalachian storyteller, author, poet and humorist Stephen Hollen steps in to Corbin for an event next Tuesday, April 8.

He’ll step out to a crowd of happy people at the get-together, taking place at the Corbin Public Library. His performance, which starts at 7 p.m., is provided by Friends of the Corbin Library and is free to the public.

A man who grew up in the hills and hollers of the eastern part of the Bluegrass State, Hollen’s considered by scores of folks as one of the premiere Appalachian Humorists in the nation.

As a result of his tales of characters, cousins and friends, Hollen’s been recognized for winning the 2005 Heritage Award at the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati. He’s also been named to Who’s Who in America four times — in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005, and was named “Man of the Year” in 2007.

While he honed his storytelling skills and Southern humor style sitting on the front porch while he listened to folks tell tall tales, Hollen also has been known to have multiple personalities.

On occasion, Hollen likes to become fabled American author and humorist Mark Twain, or that flamboyant man-about-the Wild West, Buffalo Bill Cody.

And once in awhile, the native who hails from his “hometown of Beloved, Kentucky” will slip into the role a a snake oil salesman — that “Purveyor of Patent Medicine, Doc Hollen.”

According to his storytelling blog, www.mountainstories.net, e enjoys “huge popularity and has a large following of readers. Thousands of readers have stopped in each month “to read the humorous stories, bittersweet memories and wonderful word pictures” written by the author and poet.

For more information, contact the Library Board’s President, Diane Mitchell at 528-5361, or Rob Miller, President of Friends of the Corbin Library, at 524-0032.

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