Lorna Czarnota has been performing as storyteller, author, and musician since 1985. Her programs feature living history immersion, storytelling, as well as workshops in storytelling, writing, and historical folk arts. She is a national leader in the use of storytelling with at-risk youth. When Lorna tells a story, she engages the listerner's imagination and brings history to life. Czarnota has delighted audiences in schools, libraries, museums, conferences, and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and India. Czarnota holds an MS in elementary and special education, a BS in creative studies for young children, and certification in trauma counseling from the University at Buffalo. Lorna was named "a Woman Who Moves the City" by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of WNY in 2017. She is the recipient of the 2006 Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network, the 2005 Volunteer of the Year award from Hopevale Incorporated, and the Gerald Calabrese Award for Excellence in Special Education. She was nominated as a Univera and United Way Community Hero. Her literary accomplishments include “Medieval Tales that Kids Can Read and Tell,” “Legends, Lore, and Secrets of Western New York,” and a three book series Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth."