POSTPONED: The Story That Transforms


With Laura Simms

- Tuesday, June 5, 7-8:30pm

We apologize for the inconvenience, but this program has been postponed until the Fall due to illness. We look forward to offering it again. Please email if you would like to receive updates on the new date.

This event will serve as the June meet-up for the Young Adult Cancer Survivors of Smith Center. YACS are invited to arrive at 6:30pm to socialize. 

Cancer Programs at Smith Center for Healing and the ArtsStorytelling has the power to simultaneously entertain us and deepen our perspectives. Join award-winning writer and performer, Laura Simms, as she delves into the world of healing stories. She will share stories with us, and she will also work with us to consider our own, individual stories. How we tell our stories can help us uncover our own wisdom, life-affirming images, and identify those images which may not serve us.  We will work with narrative and contemplative creativity that guide us in listening to our own story to find inherent medicine—our own personal healing tales.

Laura Simms is an award winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She is a Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace institute at Rutgers University Newark under the auspices of UNESCO. She performs worldwide for adult and young audiences. As a spokesperson for storytelling she presents keynotes and workshops in conferences, villages, schools, universities, and community events. She is a member of the Therapeutic Arts Alliance of Manhattan and a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhist meditation. Laura received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, CHOICE award for best story collection, and Sesame Street’s SUNNY DAYS award for work with children worldwide. She is co-faculty with Terry Tempest Williams at University of Utah, consults with ETSU’s CANCER STORIES project, and is spoken word consultant for Foundations, NGOS working in post disaster and conflicts. She recently appeared at the Newark Peace Summit and the Conference on World Peace and Values in Monterrey, Mexico. Her most recent book is OUR SECRET TERRITORY: The Essence of Storytelling (Sentient Publications, June 2011). Laura is the mother of best selling author Ishmael Beah with whom she often lectures.

This program is intended for those living with cancer and their caregivers. RSVP's are appreciated.


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