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Hardman Serves as Featured Teller and Workshop Presenter

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/03/2017

Goodwell, Okla. — Tony Hardman, Oklahoma Panhandle State University Library Director, served as one of the featured tellers and workshop presenters at the Tenkiller Lodge Storytelling Retreat. The retreat was part of an informal agreement between Territory Tellers, the Oklahoma state storytelling organization and the Oklahoma State Parks System. Territory Tellers created the agreement to help increase tourism at various lodges located within state parks located throughout Oklahoma and to provide storytelling opportunities for Oklahoma storytellers. The annual retreat is normally an entire weekend and invites people interested in storytelling to participate in a comfortable setting and designed for both the teller and the listener alike.

Hardman performed in two of the Retreat’s main storytelling concerts. In one of the concerts, he performed the story of “How Hooker Got Its Name.” Being one of the few storytellers from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Hardman often performs stories from the Panhandle or No Man’s Land Region. He has several Oklahoma stories in his repertoire, both from the Panhandle and Oklahoma in general. He is currently developing a story on the Johnson-Eldridge Feud.

In addition to performing, Hardman also presented a workshop called “Finding Your Story and Making It Your Own.” The program demonstrated how a teller would find a story that is especially suited to them. The story selected, Hardman taught techniques a teller could use to make the story unique and personal.

Hardman has been active in storytelling since he moved to Oklahoma twelve years ago. He has performed at all ten Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festivals and in seven Oklahoma City Storytelling Festivals. Last year at the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, he performed his Oklahoma historical story, “Wild Mary Sudik.” He has also performed his one-man storytelling show of Emmett Dalton at the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, Texas. Hardman portrayed Dalton, the only surviving Dalton gang member, who lived to be in his seventies. In his portrayal, Dalton recalls his outlaw days from Dalton’s own personal perspective. Hardman has presented workshops on storytelling at professional conferences in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and New Hampshire. He is currently serving as President of Territory Tellers.