Who We Are

Our Mission

Red Clay Storytelling Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the growth and the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art, and an educational tool.

Leonard Presberg

Chief Bard

Leonard Presberg is a local politician, former pre-school teacher, recovering lawyer, community activist, volunteer, storyteller, and local businessman. He is currently serving in his third decade as Pepper Potts to his wife, Elizabeth Moore, a local obstetrician and gynecologist. Near the end of his career as chauffeur as Emma (Centre College) and Eli (Oberlin College) have left home and Isaac (Sandy Creek High School) will be driving soon, Leonard is looking forward to the next adventure and the stories that come with it.

Anthony Vinson

Festival Director

Anthony Vinson is a freelance writer and performer with a background as a corporate trainer and human resource manager. He is a former president of Southern Order of Storytellers, and has directed corporate events and storytelling festivals in Atlanta and around the southeast. He is co-director of Stories on the Square – Fayette, a monthly open-mic storytelling event.

2018 Talent


Andy Offutt Irwin

With a manic, Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and heart-filled stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.


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Kim Weitkamp

Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish Country, her imagination was ripened by a life lived outdoors. Now she enjoys the role of being one of the most sought after storytellers and speakers in the country.


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Ray Christian

Raymond Christian is a storyteller, who escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by joining the United States Army at 17. Here he served in a number of capacities and assignments at home, abroad during peacetime and in combat, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper, where he retired after 20 years of service.


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Jon Goode

Jon Goode is an Emmy nominated poet and playwright who hails from Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. His debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit, held the #1 spot on Amazon.com for 12 weeks.


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Maddie Fay

Maddie Fay is a writer, storyteller, and technical contractor for theatre. She has recently appeared in Write Club, the Lit & Bruised Podcast, and the mirrors of unwitting souls trying to summon spirits.


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Shannon McNeal

Think “Southern Gothic” with a heavy dose of humor, and you’ll think Shannon McNeal.  Shannon delights crowds with her humorous down-home, Deep South tales that chronicle her personal life.


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Dan Langford

Brooks native Dan Langford was removed at age three to Atlanta, where his father worked, and it took him thirty years to get back to the Promised Land. Coming from a family of story-tellers, Dan learned early on that he was the seventh generation of his family to leave footprints on the family farm. He soaked up Brooks stories like a sponge, with an especial love for the eccentric and outrageous.


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Tricia Stearns

Tricia Stearns writes, tells stories, sells real estate, runs for state senate district 16 and loves to cook a meal for friends at home.  Her work has been featured in Atlanta Journal constitution, Loose Change Magazine, Bloom, Georgia Gardening and Fayette Woman.


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Debbie From

Debbie From likes to tell, listen and encourage stories! She lives in the North Georgia mountains with her family.


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2018 Sponsorships





Southern Crescent Storytellers