The Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry


Will Hornyak

Award-winning Storyteller and Educator

From Irish myths and American tall tales to Native American legends and Russian fairytales, storyteller Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of well-crafted stories into energetic and highly engaging performances.  A former newspaper reporter in Latin America, he combines an understanding of world cultures with a love for the rhythm and musicality of language.

    Said The Oregonian newspaper of his work: “Storyteller par excellence….endless imagination, boundless wit....takes  listeners across a spiritual threshold.”

      A strong advocate for storytelling as a tool for personal and social empowerment, Will has performed and offered workshops for the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Dept., the Oregon State Penitentiary, the American Cancer Society, the Oregon Early Childhood Education Council and numerous businesses, schools and colleges.  He teaches storytelling in professional communication at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and performs throughout the Northwest and beyond.  He was awarded the Brimstone Grant from the National Storytelling Association for his environmental education program: Living Streams: Stories for Healthy Watersheds. He makes his home in Milwaukie, Oregon, a short distance from the Willamette River where he loves to paddle a canoe.


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