August 12, 2010

Kathie: "Hooray -- the book is done.
Bob: "Hooray -- the book is fun.
Both: "Hooray -- Team Up! Tell in Tandem is wonderful.

In tandem, we joyfully proclaim our gratitude for your readable, intriguing, and comprehensive Team Up! It was an honor to be included among the knowledgeable and articulate contributors.

Thank you for your vision and dedication. You creatively provided insight into the challenging art of tandem telling and enriched the world of storytelling. We are eager to work with you again, if you need us for any follow-up, photographs, etc.


Kathie Myers
Bob Myers
The Story Peddlers








































Harold Wright, Emeritus Professor of Japanese Language, Literature and Culture, as well as storytelling at Antioch College, has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the Columbia University Translation Center Prize, a Japan Foundation Grant, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a National Translation Center Award, A National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, the Antioch Sears Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Program Fellowship for Translators Grant to spend a year in Japan translating the work of that country’s leading poet, Tanikawa Shuntaro


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Published books include:

  • Our latest Book, the Wrights second book in their Scary Tales of Old Japan series, Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan. The stories included are: “Geta Ghost,” “Face of a Woman,” “Okiku and the Plates,” “Kyohime and Anchin,” “Hoichi the Earless,” “Promise Broken Curse Unspoken,” and “Tesso the Iron Jawed Rat Priest.” This volume is beautifully illustrated with wood block prints by artist, Sherraid Scott, of Yellow Springs, OH.

Copies will be sold at $12.00, preorders can be placed with the authors: jh@jonathaandharold.comThis book will be sold on Amazon and Lulu.

  • New Book by Jonatha Wright, available from the author, at $9.95 each, plus shipping and handling, $2.99; Bitsy Beaver Wants to be an Artist, and Other Tales: Stories with Illustrations for Coloring. April 2012. This book contains eight Bitsy Beaver Stories: “Bitsy Beaver Wants to be an Artist,” “Cousin Bobbie Loses Her Home,” “Bitsy Chips a Tooth”, “Bitsy Learns About Animal Traps,” “ Bitsy Goes Boogie Boarding with Her Friends,” “Beavers Don’t Bully,” “A Little Girl is Pushed Up Through the Door Hole,” and “Cousin Bobbie Has a Secret.” There are 21 pages for coloring throughout the book drawn by the author.



  • New Books by Jonatha Wright, available from the author, $8.50 each, $15.00 for set, plus shipping and handling, $2.99: "Little Pink Fish Stories," Vol. I, November 28, 2010. This book contains nine Little Pink Fish Stories. The Little Pink Fish Gets Lost, Meets Little Lavender Fish, Hurts Little Lavender Fish’s Feelings, Accidentally Swallows a Styrofoam Worm, Finds a Quiet Cave, Goes to School, Gets a Baby Brother, Saves Baby Brother from the Octopus, and finally Gets Caught in a Huge Fishing Net. There is a 12 page coloring book in the back, drawn by Harold Wright.

    The adventures continue in "Little Pink Fish Stories Vol. II," January 22, 2011, as Little Pink Fish Blows Bubbles in Class, Goes to a Swordfish Match, Sees a Little Girl, Finds the Little Girl’s Blankie, Goes to the Zoo, Is Granted Three Wishes, Goes to the Coral Palace, and Visits the Dragon Kingdom. This has a 15 page coloring book in the back, drawn by Jonatha and Harold Wright.
  • Team Up! Tell In Tandem! is now available, for $22.95 plus shipping, from and Amazon through their Createspace section:

    team up

    What began as a ‘How To Manual’ on performing storytelling in tandem–two persons telling a story on stage together–quickly evolved into a more comprehensive look at tandem telling. Who is doing tandem work?  How did they begin to work together? What is their process? What constitutes a tandem performance?  Is it sometimes multi-cultural? Can it involve other arts’ disciplines? Is it scripted? Is it improv? Can it involve more than two persons? Where do they find appropriate stories?
    To explore these questions, articles were requested from numerous storytellers, each of whom was asked to suggest others in the field. The result includes articles from over fifty storytellers and tandem teams. Through these we can read from a rich diversity of approaches to tandem telling. Different tools work for different teams.  One or more of these techniques may be what you are seeking, if you hope to become a tandem teller. Even if you have no such plans, I believe that you will be intrigued with these various topics, the contrasts and similarities in how tandem is done, the difficulties and the advantages, and so much more. All of this could increase your appreciation as a listener when you are treated to a tandem performance.
    And yes, Team Up! Tell In Tandem!  Still contains a “How to Manual” in Unit 2.
  • Book/CD Release by Harold Wright, Just in time for Christmas
    A Story of Japanese Poetry, Vol. I and Vol. II,  by this award winning translator of Japanese poetry. Two books with two CD’s of Harold, reading these poems, with commentary, recorded by Chris Hertztler at SoundSpace. These favorite poems of the translator. contain examples of tanka,folk songs, haiku, senryu, and waka.
    Vol I  From earliest historical times to the 20th century.   
    Vol II  The 20th and 21st centuries.
    $15 each; $25 the set, $2.50 shipping. Available from:  PRESTO & US;  PO Box 562, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.  
    For more information:

Harold and I are pleased to announce the availability of our book: Spine Tingling Tales of Old Japan through


Japan is an ancient culture with over two thousand years of ghosts, monsters and changelings of over one hundred different types and all are still haunting their favorite temples, bridges, mountains, and shrines. These legendary creatures grow in stature and stories to this day.  This book contains seven stories ranging from spooky to terrifying.  Scary tricks are the plot of two stories, “What Scares You the Most” and “The Bravest Samurai.”  “The Monster of the Rashomon” and “Snow Woman” are the best known in the West.  Not as well known are the more regional tales of “Snow Ghost,” “The Skeptic” and “Uryu Island.”
Book, Weight 5 1/2 ounces, $12.00 plus shipping and Handling through Lulu direct.

  • The Map of Days, Tanikawa Shuntaro, Katydid Press, Fall 1996
  • The Opening Way: Kurozumi, Founder of Kurozumikyo, (Written by Kurozumi Tadaaki and translated with Julie Iezzi. Edited by Willis Stoesz.)
    University Press of America, 1994
  • Ten Thousand Leaves: Love Poems from the Manyoshu, (Reprint), Overlook, 1986
  • Waka Poetry of the Empress Shoken, Meiji Jingu, 1984
  • The Selected Poems of Shuntaro Tanikawa, North Point Press, 1983
  • Waka Poetry of the Emperor Meiji, Meiji Jingu, 1982
  • Ten Thousand Leaves: Love Poems from the Manjoshu, Shambhala, 1970
  • Why, Mother Why? Kodansha International, 1965
  • The Children of Japan, Asahi Shimbun Press 1964

Available for purchase,    

  • Haiku, Triku, Tanka and More: Fifty Years of Japan- Inspired Fixed Form Verse, with accompanying CD.  A collection of the experimental verse written over the last fifty plus years by Harold Wright, professor emeritus of Japanese Language and Literature, Antioch College.  The focus of this work is mostly the short poetry created under the influence of Japanese fixed form syllabic poetry, the Haiku, Tanka and Choka.  Text read by the poet, Harold Wright.
    Compact Disc/ Book, Weight 5 1/2 ounces, $19.95 plus shipping and handling.