Leslie storytelling at epic 2018.jpgPictured: Me telling “The Death of Baldur” with members of the Seattle Storytellers Guild at the Norse Epic event at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, 2018

Click here for a YouTube link to Earth Day storytelling with the Seattle Storytelling Guild on April 17, 2021. I’m clearly very nervous at the beginning (it had been more than a year since I’d last performed), but I’m glad to say I found my footing.

I’ve been telling stories in the 1980s, beginning as a bard in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where I won some bardic competitions and was elevated to a peerage in the Order of the Laurel for excellence in the storytelling art. In 1990 I joined the Storytellers Network in Cowlitz County, WA, and began growing in repertoire and experience.

Other memberships, current and past: Portland Storytelling Guild, Seattle Storytellers Guild, Story People of Clallam County, Centralia Storytelling Guild, National Storytelling Network.

I have performed at Folklife Festival in Seattle, the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles, Tcha-Tee-Man-Wi in Corvallis, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, numerous concerts with the Portland Storytelling Guild, Seattle Storytellers Guild and Mount Tahoma Storytelling Guild; and many other performances individually and in concert with others.

My original tale, The Tale-Teller, was published in the anthology The Healing Heart: Families (New Society Publishers, 2003). I have granted requests to tell this story to performers around the world. A few of my other stories are in the drop-down menu.

I live in beautiful Northwest Oregon.

The Tale-Teller (short story)

I find this story so healing and so telling about attachment and nurturance that it becomes a great story for therapists to understand.” — Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW

The Toy Piano (oral story, originally published as a newspaper column)

Leslie Slape’s June 7 column of her days as a young girl in the desert near Ritzville, Wash., was an example of written expression at its finest. It is truly masterful writing. … She draws from the rich memories of her childhood. She deserves my applause and admiration for this outstanding piece of artistic literature.”

— Allan Wise, Kalama