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Carolina Quiroga to share Latin American tales

Storyteller Carolina Quiroga, who is known for her sparkling take on traditional Latin American tales, is the next performer in Jonesborough’s “Storytelling Live!” series.

From Staff Reports

Storyteller Carolina Quiroga, who is known for her sparkling take on traditional Latin American tales, is the next performer in Jonesborough’s “Storytelling Live!” series. She’ll perform daily at the International Storytelling Center Tuesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 9, with concerts featuring mythology and folklore, all-ages ghost stories, and more.

Some of her newest work consists of personal stories with the flair of tall tales. Quiroga, who was born in Columbia and moved to the United States as an adult, is a recent transplant to East Tennessee. But most of her personal work reflects on her childhood.

“My parents let me develop and expand my imagination the way I wanted,” she said. “I have so many stories. One is about my dad, who wanted me to start my own business when I was 11. I’m an only child, so I had to fulfill the role of all the children he didn’t have.”

Quiroga became interested in the format of personal stories after years of absorbing the work of her colleagues Donald Davis and Bil Lepp, whose brands of storytelling had more of a personal stamp than the traditional stories she had always worked with. 

“I never thought I could find a way to tell my personal stories until I started listening to the way they were telling them,” she said. “It’s a fantastic thing to write. I’m loving it.”

Like Davis and Lepp, one of Quiroga’s stylistic signatures is humor. “My hope is that people get a lot of laughs,” she said. “When you get people to laugh, they open their hearts faster to whatever it is that you’re proposing. If you’re asking them to change the world, do it through laughter. There’s so much responsibility in the world right now! You have to do this, and you have to do that! I don’t want to fall into that. I want people to feel totally comfortable.”

Through the week of her residency, Quiroga will offer live concerts each day, Tuesday through Saturday, at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $14 for most adults. Any audience members who are new to Storytelling Live! can request a specially priced ticket for just $5. The one-time discount is good through the end of July.

One recorded performance will be available online for audiences who wish to watch from home. It will be online starting Thursday, July 7, and remain accessible until the following Monday at midnight. Online tickets are just $15 per household.

The International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live! program is a seasonal concert series that brings storytellers and musicians to Jonesborough for daily performances from May through October. 

The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is bioPURE. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Niswonger Foundation, ETSU, East Tennessee Foundation, Humanities Tennessee, Hillhouse Creative, Carol & Bobby Frist, the Norris Family Fund, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and the Frist Foundation. Media sponsors include the Jonesborough Herald & Tribune, Kingsport Times-News, Johnson City Press, Cumulus Media, News Channel 11, WJHL 11, ABC Tri-Cities and Daytime Tri-Cities.

The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about the “Storytelling Live!” series, including the full schedule, or to purchase tickets and season passes, visit or call (800) 952-8392.  

She will also be at the Unicoi County Public Library on Thursday, July 7. For more, visit