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Aug 08, 2012

So what exactly is a storyteller laureate anyway? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a poet laureate as “one regarded by a country or region as its most eminent or representative poet.” So a storyteller laureate is the best representative of a place—whether that’s a town, a state, or a country.

When the small upstate New York town of Kingston had to choose a representative, they chose storyteller Karen Pillsworth. While poet laureates are fairly common (the U.S. Library of Congress appoints them to serve one-year terms), few people had ever heard of a storyteller laureate.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in the country,” Karen says. “I tell stories about Kingston and its history.”

Watch Karen in action here! And to see other Storytellers in our video series, click here.