Chris Vinsonhaler  

Awarded a fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Chris Vinsonhaler is an author and performing artist who tours nationally and internationally, offering programs for community events, conferences, schools, and universities.

Artistic Director
Chris Vinsonhaler has produced eight recordings created by and for children, along with one music recording and one storytelling recording for adults. See audio & books at She is also the director of The Great Oaks Storytelling Festival, an award-winning annual event in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.


Language begins with listening and speaking, and language develops most efficiently through listening and speaking. Chris offers innovative, practical, and proven methods to integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing across the curriculum.

Consultant and Entrepreneur
Chris brings a wealth of experience to her work. She is co-owner of Oak Shade Bed & Breakfast, the first bed and breakfast in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, an establishment honored in 2003 by the Historic Ocean Springs Preservation Award.

Trained as a journalist with master's degrees in English and library science, she has served as a columnist on children's literature for Mississippi's statewide newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger. She is also a veteran teacher who has served more than a decade as a touring artist and arts consultant with the Mississippi Arts Commission.


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xxxAudio and Books


xxxTeacher Training

xxxThe Great Oaks
xxxStorytelling Festival

xxxOak Shade Bed & Breakfast

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