Join our

Folklore & Resistance Roundtable!

  • Panelists: Terri Windling (she/her), Dr. Jeana Jorgensen (she/her), Dr. Margaret Yocom (she/her), Daisy Ahlstone (they/them), and Dr. Maria DeBlassie (she/her)
  • Moderators: Dr. Sara Cleto (she/her) and Dr. Brittany Warman (she/her) of The Carterhaugh School
  • Date: Sunday, July 24th, 2022 at 2PM ET - note that this event will also be recorded!
  • Where: Zoom
  • Cost: Free!

"[S]torytelling [is] a vital human strategy for sustaining a sense of agency in the face of disempowering circumstances. To reconstitute events in a story is no longer to live those events in passivity, but to actively rework them, both in dialogue with others and within one's own imagination."
- Michael Jackson, The Politics of Storytelling 

If we know anything, it's that folklore - stories, community, and the fabric of everyday life - is a powerful, often untapped force. It can entertain us, connect us to each other, and even, under the right circumstances, "restore our sense of security, sanity, and sense of justice" (Jack Zipes.)

Join us on Sunday, July 24th to see how.

It's been an awful few weeks here in the US. If you've felt overwhelmed, enraged, or helpless, we want you to know: you're not alone. We've invited some of our favorite folklorists, academics, and creators to speak to you about how folklore can help us find meaning, resist helplessness, and take action.

We won't pretend everything is sunshine and rainbows (it isn't), but we also know that folklore and stories can help us persist.

During this roundtable, you'll learn how to harness folklore to move forward when you feel stuck, to cultivate joy, and to take concrete actions.


Terri Windling is a writer, editor, artist, and folklorist specializing in fantasy literature and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, receiving nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award (for her novel The Wood Wife), and the SFWA Solstice Award for life achievement. She has edited fantasy fiction since the 1980s; and published numerous anthologies of magical stories, including sixteen volumes in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series and six volumes in the Snow White, Blood Red series of adult fairy tales (co-edited with Ellen Datlow). She also writes fiction for adults and children, nonfiction on folklore and fairy tales, and a long-running blog: Myth & Moor. A former New Yorker, Terri now lives with her British husband (a theatre director and puppeteer) in a small Dartmoor village full of artists.They have one grown daughter, an elderly dog, and a tiny house crowded with books and puppets.

Dr. Jeana Jorgensen (She/Her) studied folklore under Alan Dundes at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn her PhD in folklore from Indiana University. She is the author of Folklore 101 and the forthcoming book Fairy Tales 101 as well as numerous articles on various aspects of gender and sexuality in fairy tales. Her website is

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Yocom (She/Her) grew up in the Pennsylvania German farmland listening to her grandparents’ stories. She founded the Folklore Studies Program of George Mason University where she taught for 36 years; she especially loved telling and encouraging her students to tell stories. She has published on folklore and gender, folk arts and politics, as well as on storytelling among the Inuit of Alaska, woodsmen’s families in Maine, her own family, and more. Her book ALL KINDOF FUR: Erasure Poems & New Translation of a Tale from the Brothers Grimm was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2018. Co-founder of the American Folklore Society’s Creative Writing & Storytelling Section, she holds a Ph.D. in English and Folklore from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A founding member of Western Maine Storytelling, she tells legendary tales of the seen—and the unseen. She makes her home, with her geologist husband, in the western mountains of Maine. You can find her online at 

Daisy Ahlstone (They/Them) studies ecological metaphor through a lens of folklore, posthumanism, and participatory action research and project design. They collaborate on several folklore and community-centered projects, including the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network, the Western States Folklore Society, and is the director of a YouTube and Twitch streaming channel called Folk​wise, which brings the discipline of folklore to community-engaged digital platforms.

Dr. Maria DeBlassie (She/Her) is a native New Mexican mestiza and award-winning writer and educator living in the Land of Enchantment. She writes about everyday magic, ordinary gothic, and all things witchy. When she is not practicing brujeria, she's teaching classes about bodice rippers, modern mystics, and things that go bump in the night. She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there. Find out more about Maria and conjuring everyday magic at


Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman are award-winning folklorists, teachers, and writers. Together, they founded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, teaching creative souls how to re-enchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. They've written articles for Marvels & Tales: Fairy-Tale Journal, Enchanted Living, #FolkloreThursday, and more. Their fiction and poetry can be found in Uncanny Magazine, Star*Line, Mythic Delirium, and others.

This event is 100% free!

Can't make 2PM ET on the 24th? No problem!
This event will be recorded!