1996 "The icebergs of folktale: Misconception, misuse, abuse." In Carol L. Birch & Melissa A. Heckler (Eds.) Who Says?: Essays on pivotal issues in contemporary storytelling. P. 35-63. Little Rock, AR: August House Publishers, inc.
Melissa Heckler is the new school librarian at the Carrie E. Tompkins School in Croton-on-Harmon, New York. She was formerly the librarian at the Lee F. Jackson School in Greenburgh. She came to librarianship by way of storytelling and working with children in temporary housing. In 1999, she won the Overcoming the Odds educator’s award from Student Advocacy for her work with children in temporary housing. Melissa was instrumental in creating the Jackson school model, now promoted nationally, which brings together teachers, caseworkers and service agencies to coordinate and promote the educational needs of children in temporary housing. A professional storyteller since 1978, she co-authored with Carol Birch the award winning book Who Says?: Essays on Pivotal Issues in Contemporary Storytelling (August House, 1996).
Who Says?-Essays on Pivotal Issues in Contemporary Storytelling ..
Winner of Storytelling World Award & Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award
Contemporary storytelling has its roots in the oral and literary traditions. Performances are often judged according to the aesthetics of print, theater, or music – even television and film. In the last two decades, the storytelling movement has gained momentum, both as an educational tool and as engaging form of entertainment. But the revival is so young that there is no common vocabulary for discussing it. What are the aesthetics of storytelling? These ten essays provide models to think with. Most of the contributors are storytellers; they are also anthropologists, writers, folklorists, musicians, and teachers and librarians. Provocative, challenging, and robust, these essays address critical issues in an increasingly potent movement.