Art of the Story Festival: Olga Loya
Olga is a nationally recognized bilingual storyteller of remarkable talents. The Latina teller of tales, from San Jose, California, is also an author, performance artist, keynote speaker, and teacher, who has performed and taught workshops throughout the United States and Mexico.
She performs a large repertoire of family and personal stories with the goal of exploring the struggles and complexity of being bicultural—a Mexican–American in the United States. She also tells bilingual Latin-American folklore and colorful and magical stories from around the globe.
Loya has been a featured teller at the Latin-American Storytelling Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, and twice has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Loya is a National Storytelling Network recipient of the 2013 Oracle Award for the Circle of Excellence.