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
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
ImagineNation.net. 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.
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.
Shade Bed & Breakfast