“Granny Sue” Holstein develops her stories from folklore, history, and personal narratives. Performances of Appalachian
stories include background information and artifacts to enrich the educational content so that audiences develop a deeper
appreciation and understanding of West Virginia’s unique culture and heritage while being entertained with lively tales
and ballads. West Virginia Ghost Stories is one of her most requested programs.
her focus is on Appalachian culture, Granny Sue’s repertoire includes original versions of world folktales, family stories
and participation stories. Her adult and family programs often include British and Appalachian ballads sung in the traditional
unaccompanied style and opportunities for audience sing-along. Performances for
children are highly interactive and frequently include the use of puppets, props, movement activities and songs.
and writing workshops can be tailored to meet specific objectives. Recent workshops have included Introduction to Ballads,
Blogging for Storytellers, Creative Writing for Children, and puppet-making workshops for library summer reading programs.
of the National Storytelling Network, the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and several regional storytelling and writing organizations,
Granny Sue is also a published writer. She has conducted writing workshops at Moundsville Public Library and for the Mercer
County High School Writing Camp, and is frequently invited to speak to book groups and other organizations about her writing
and storytelling interests. She maintains an active daily blog and is a frequent contributor to BlogHer and other online sites.
Flowers and Zinnia Tales, published by Mountain
Girl Press. Each volume includes a story or two from Granny Sue in collections that focus on strong Appalachian women stories.
Each title is $12.95, and can be purchased by contacting Granny Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unheralded, 2007. Poems about people I’ve met and admired
over the years.
Story, Mountain Song (CD); 2004. A collection of Appalachian stories
It Together: Participation Stories for Family Audiences, 2003. Stories to tell with children and family audiences.
Poems from the Mountains, 2004
Ghost Stories, 2004. A collection of folktales, local lore and
Run Stories (one of 6 editors), 2006.
Sue’s News and Reviews, online journal published daily at
stories and poems:
Granny’s Front Porch: monthly article for the regional newspaper Two-Lane Livin’.
Storytelling with Puppets. Telling Stories to Children. NSN Press, 2005.
Young Writers Group. More Teen Programs that Work. Honnold, Rosemary. Neal-Schuman, 2005.
Gambit Literary Magazine, 2006 edition, WVUP.
The Way It Was. Appalachian Journal, 2005.
Brown Paper Lunch Bag. Museletter, WV Writers, Inc. 2005.
Telling Stories in the Parks. Storytelling Magazine, 2005.
Filling the House: a retelling of an old folktale. Storyteller.net, 2004
· Various stories and poems, MountainEchoes.com, 2003-2004
National Storytelling Conference, 2000: Featured Regional Teller
· WV Storytelling
Conference, 2001: McWhorter Award for service to storytelling in West Virginia
· WV Writers Conference Writing Contest 2004:2nd Place and Honorable Mention (2)
Allegheny Echoes Creative Writing Workshops
Author Enablers Creative Writing Contest, 2nd place, 2005
WV Writers Conference Annual Writing Contest: multiple winning entries
in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
· WV Poetry Society 2006 Poetry Competition: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, 1st
and 2nd Honorable Mention