Lynn Salsi is a writer, teacher, playwright, speaker, and storyteller. She has a passion for history, folklore, Southern topics, and interviewing people who are eye-witnesses to history. She brings a unique point-of-view to every presentation.
Lynn presents programs for kindergarten through adult by bringing her award-winning books to life through storytelling and workshop formats. She also presents writing workshops for students and teachers.
Her programs are varied and fit main stage venues as well as a single classroom. Story drama is a speciality and includes audience participation, music, and storytelling. Her passion for storytelling is outstanding as she bring her books to life.
Jack Tales – Program for children and adults can be adapted for appropriate age groups and for various time-limits
History of North Carolina in 45 Minutes – Humorous, yet factual, program for groups middle school and above
Appalachian Story Quilt – Includes story after story about how Appalachian people settled and lived from 1776 – 1960
Stories include Daniel Boone, the Hicks family who saved the Jack tales, the Great Depression, and post World-War II, when modern times reached the mountains. Best for eighth grade and over, but can be tailored for grades four – eight when based on the book Young Ray Hicks Learns the Jack Tales.
Tales of the Coast – Full of anecdotal and well-researched history of the Outer Banks with a focus on Carteret County (Ocracoke, Hatteras, and Portsmouth Island)
Lynn's books have been honored with the following awards:
- Mom's Choice Award
- Winner, American Library Association Notable Book Award
- North Carolina Historian of the Year – 2001
- Eight-time winner, Willie Parker Peace History book award
- Three-time winner, Paul Green Multi-media award for storytelling
- Winner, Bill Lee Magazine Writing Award
- Recipient, Central Piedmont Regional Artists Grant
- Member, North Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Forum
- Great Southeastern Book Festival
- Pulitzer nominee