Lorna Czarnota

Known for her work with runaway teens, youth in trauma treatment and group homes, abused women and their children, and communities in crisis, this award-winning storyteller and author, has been delighting audiences in schools, libraries, organizations, festivals, and conferences throughout the United States with
traditional and original stories since 1985. She has also performed in Canada, Ireland, and India. Lorna’s programs feature living history immersion, storytelling, socio-emotional, community action, as well as workshops on storytelling, writing, and historical folk arts. When Lorna tells a story, she engages listeners’ imaginations and brings history to life. Czarnota holds an MS in elementary and special education, a BS in creative studies for young children, and certification in trauma counseling from UB School of Social Work.
For her philanthropic community work and storytelling, Lorna was

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named “a Woman Who Moves the City” 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 Inc., and the Gerald A. Calabrese award for Excellence in Special Education. She was nominated as a Univera and United Way Community Hero. Lorna’s literary accomplishments include “Medieval Tales that Kids can Read and Tell,” “Legends, Lore, and Secrets of Western New York,” and a three books series, “Dancing at the Crossroads” which includes a "Practitioners Guide," "Caregivers Guide," and "Stories and Activities for Youth in At-Risk Programs."