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Brainerd Public Library to Present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling"


Kitchigami to Present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling"

Kitchigami Regional Library will present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" in four Kitchigami communities, May 19-May 21.

Thursday, May 19, 7 pm, Brainerd, at Chalberg Theater, Central Lakes College

            Free tickets are available at the Brainerd Public Library

Friday, May 20, 7 pm, Bemidji at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse

Saturday, May 21, 2 pm, Wadena at the First Congregational Church

Saturday, May 21, 7 pm, Hubbard at the Long Lake Theater

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like "Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log," delivers hilarious, often tender stories.  Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.


Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as "Minnesota with Iowa rising..." He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling's artistry.


Kling was born with a congenital birth defect - his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. More than eight years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident. The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.

Kevin Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals, and residencies.  Kling has been invited to perform at the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN for his ninth consecutive year. Kevin has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories and has published books titled "The Dog Says How" and 'Holiday Inn" which are available on Minnesota Historical Society Press-Borealis Books.

"Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" is part of the Kitchigami "Say It, Sing it" Storytelling project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For ticket information, call or stop by Brainerd Public Library, Bemidji Public Library, Wadena City Library or Park Rapids Area Library.