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Arizona Storyteller Receives the National Oracle Award

Avondale, Arizona-based, nationally traveling Storyteller receives prestigious 2007 Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network. The awards ceremony is held July 14 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Avondale, AZ, July 10, 2007 --( The National Storytelling Network, based in Jonesborough, Tennessee has announced that Avondale storyteller K. Sean Buvala is the recipient of the 2007 Western Region Oracle Award. K. Sean Buvala is a storyteller with more than 21 years experience in storytelling both locally and nationally. Sean is being recognized for his work in promoting the art of storytelling with adults, teens and children in the western United States as well as his work in the founding and development of the online resource of, now celebrating ten years of service to storytellers around the world. Sean was nominated for the award by Dr. Joyce Story, faculty member at Glendale Community College, who received letters of support for Sean's award from around the world. The National Storytelling Network will hold the awards ceremony on July 14, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri as part of their annual summer convention.

In her nomination letter, Dr. Story (and that is her real name) wrote, "Sean is, indeed, a rare talent; his performances are of the highest caliber, and they consistently testify to his dedication to the preservation of storytelling as a traditional art form. Moreover, his contributions to the storytelling community and the public at large and the incalculable ways in which he expands public awareness of storytelling demonstrate, in the words of storyteller Kevin Cordi, that he 'is not only knowledgeable about the art of storytelling, his vision advances the art.'”

Storyteller Sean Buvala is the director of, an online organization that serves both those who tell stories and those who like to hear and see storytelling. Sean works with all ages but focuses primarily on storytelling to adults and teens. "People are surprised to hear about my work in corporate training and private coaching or working with teens and tweens in schools. There is an assumption that storytelling is about reading books for children. Storytelling does not involve reading books and its scope and impact lies outside of the scope of children only. It's an intimate art form between the teller who creates the environment with word and gesture and the imagination of the audience. There are no books and usually no props to get between the teller and the audience." says Sean.

Buvala continued, "I perform and travel all over the United States. Being selected last year as a roster artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts has also helped me expand my Arizona audiences all the way from grade-schools to corporate trainings to spoken word venues. Arizona, and especially the west side of the valley are growing stronger in the arts thanks to support from the commission and groups like the West Valley Arts Council. I'm happy to be a part of that growth. And now, being recognized by my peers with the Oracle award from the national organization, is an honor."

Sean, through, directs a regular night of adult storytelling at the Borders Store at 99th Avenue and McDowell roads in Avondale. Performing on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 7 PM, Sean has tellers from all over the state as well as other national storytellers perform free-of-charge for audiences of adults and mature teens. Currently on summer hiatus, the series resumes September 15th. He says, "We like being able to bring our art form to new audiences such as the Borders guests. It's great to see folks walk past the performance space who appear to be thinking 'What are these people doing?' then sit down and be surprised that an hour has passed while they listened to world folk tales and personal stories. This is not an open microphone night. Our performers are professionals or adult students who study the craft at local community colleges. The Borders Books staff has been generous in hosting this event for the west valley for several years. We tend to get a bit loud when that many people are gathered in one place."

Storytelling is an art form that anyone from adults to children can practice. As the director of the West Valley Tellers of Tales, Sean encourages those who are interested to come to a meeting and learn more about the art of storytelling. The meetings resume in September, tentatively scheduled to be held at the new Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information about storytelling, please visit Sean's website is, where you can learn more about the booking Sean for performances of the " @ Borders" nights. Information about the West Valley Tellers of Tales my be found at .

(The full text of Dr. Story's nomination letter may be found at:

About K. Sean Buvala and
The Avondale, Arizona based is one of the premier Internet sites for those wanting to learn more about storytelling, find storytellers and storytelling events, hear and read stories. Visitors to will discover more than 150 articles relating to storytelling in our growing database. on-line services are free to the public. Well travelled throughout the United States, K. Sean Buvala has been presenting workshops, performances, retreats, consultations and training for schools, libraries, churches and corporations since 1985. Specializing in creativity and the arts, Sean has trained and presented events for thousands of teens and adults throughout the United States. Sean's latest CD, "Calling Out A Rising Sun." a collection of stories for adolescent boys, is available online from or at .

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