Laura Simms is an award winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She is a Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace institute at Rutgers University Newark under the auspices of UNESCO. She performs worldwide for adult and young audiences.

As a spokesperson for storytelling, Simms presents keynotes and workshops in conferences, villages, schools, universities and community events. She is a member of the Therapeutic Arts Alliance of Manhattan and a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhist meditation.  Simms received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, CHOICE award for best story collection, and Sesame Street’s "Sunny Days" award for work with children worldwide.

Simms is co-faculty with Terry Tempest Williams at the University of Utah, consults with ETSU’s "Cancer Stories" project, and is spoken word consultant for foundations, NGOs working in post-disaster situations and conflicts. She recently appeared at the Newark Peace Education Summit and the Conference on World Peace and Values in Monterrey, Mexico. Simms has written several books including The Robe of Love and Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling. Simms is the mother of best selling author Ishmael Beah with whom she often lectures.

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Laura Simms and Steve Gorn In this artfully presented recording, creation myths and tales about the origin of existence from Aztec, Inuit, Maori, Scandinavian, African and Native American cultures are told by storyteller Laura Simms and beautifully accompanied by musician Steve Gorn’s world music orchestration. The fruits of a longtime collabor...


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A haunting collection of 14 narratives, ranging from the sublime and humorous to the dark and ghastly, gives voice to spirit stories and ghost tales from around the world. Simms has studied with Native American and African orators and is an award-winning recording artist. Run time: 91 minutes


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THE POWER OF STORY combines two award winning recordings of stories that were originally part of a series called "Myth and the Natural World" produced between 1986-87.   Like all authentic storytelling, they are created for the ear and the heart of the listener.    Women and Wild Animals celebrates the potency of listening a...

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Women and Wild Animals is an original collection of artfully reconstructed ancient myth, fairytale and folklore, with personal narrative and poems by Laura Simms, accompanied by uncannily beautiful music composed and performed by Steve Gorn. Originally commissioned for performances in Utah’s Natural History Museum and Wyoming’s Teeton Science C...


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