Who’s Bothered by “Berenice?”

At twenty-six, Poe had three unsuccessful volumes of poetry to his credit and was trying to get noticed by submitting his short stories to writing contests. He complained, “to be appreciated, one must be read,” but he just couldn’t get his works in front of enough readers. Just when making a living from his pen seemed impossible, he got an offer from a new magazine in Richmond called The Southern Literary Messenger. Sure, the magazine was only a year old and still had only had 500 subscribers, but Poe saw its potential to finally make his name. The editor, Thomas Willis White, knew little about literature, but he believed the South was in desperate need of a magazine that would publish the latest works by southern authors. At the time, the country’s most popular authors lived in the big northern cities like New York and Boston. White wanted his magazine to be a showcase for the best southern literature, but barely anyone was buying it. His first editor left after a year because … [Read more...]

Exciting New Project

The Storytellers Channel is initiating a project to record the entire Edgar Allan Poe canon. We encourage you to visit our homepage and download the FREE Audio Book: The Tell-Tale Heart. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to your feedback. Poe wrote over 130 works. He’s credited with inventing the detective story. His horror stories are as chilling today as we imagine they were when they were first unveiled. Of equal interest for us; Poe was the first American to try to make a living solely as a writer. We’ve started with The Tell-Tale Heart because The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA asked Gayle Turner to give a public reading of it in their garden last summer. That’s where we got the idea. Many thanks to Matthew Whitworth and his colleagues at Overcoast USA recording studios. And Charles George of Entrepreneur Impact for his masterminding this effort. Of equal importance, we thank the Poe Museum’s Executive Director, Jaime Fawcett, and their brilliant curator, Chris … [Read more...]

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Stories are the currency of humanity.   We tell stories to connect with one another, to find commonality and build trust. At The Storytellers Channel, we offer workshops to help you identify, craft and tell well the stories that matter to you.  The stories that can help you: Lead More Effectively Build Stronger Families & Communities Secure Gainful Employment Plus, we have storytellers who'll come to you to tell character-building stories for your children or provide memorable, thought-provoking entertainment. So, whether you're a teller or a listener you're welcome at The Storytellers Channel. We believe stories matter and we want you to tell yours well. Stories Matter, Tell Yours So People Will Want to Listen Storytellers Channel produces workshops and performances showcasing people's authentic stories.  Under the guidance of experienced professionals, workshop participants collaborate to shape and share their personal stories.  Storytellers … [Read more...]