Artist Statement

"With flesh and bone, heart and soul - a single thread - I weave my cultural traditions and wisdom into the fabric of the human experience." 

In 1987 I began telling stories professionally. I do performances, workshops, and educational residencies.  I average over 200 performances a year, with many done in residency settings where I am engaged for 1 to 2 weeks. I have worked across the states of Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Colorado.

Meet Octavia Sexton

Octavia Sexton is a vibrant and engaging professional story teller specializing in the oral traditions of Appalachia.  She weaves tales derived from a number of Appalachian roots, including folktales, the haunted "haint" tales, and Cherokee legends. Octavia draws upon a rich tapestry of stories passed down to her from her ancestors.
She is a teaching artist of creative writing, drama, Appalachian Culture and Early American History.  She performs a one woman show as the historical pioneer Jenny Wiley and presents anti-substance abuse assembly programs.
She is available for one day sessions to multiple week residencies.

Appalachian Storyteller, Educator, Literary Artist, Performer, Workshop Presenter