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Who on earth is Kevin Kling?

February 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

kevin-kling-profileJoin us for an intro to a master storyteller and, well, a prophet. Kevin Kling’s storytelling is incredible, as is he. Come and get acquainted before he visits Orange City!

Local author, Jim Schaap will lead the listening and discussion. For a preview of Kling’s work, see the Kevin Kling Primer below for readings and videos. Reading these before the event is recommended but not required.

For more information about Kling’s visit to Orange City, read this event posting on the Orange City Arts Council website.




A Kevin Kling Primer
A bit of a head start into the genius of his storytelling. Compiled by Jim Schaap.


“Marching Band”

Quintessential Kevin Kling— childhood memories in that dingy Minnesota accent, most of it silliness. Think about this. People who participate in marching bands would likely get a real kick out of this little story. But even you never marched up a city street, aspects to this story will still connect. How? Why? Kevin Kling says in an interview somewhere that, more than anything, he wants people in his audiences to become a community. What do you think he means?

Link: Marching Band PDF

Link: Marching Band YouTube Video


“Rope Tow”

Some people consider this little story Kevin Kling at his very best. Can you see why people might say that? What makes the story effective?

Link: On Being Podcast Episode

“If it’s morphine, it must be August”

This little story, as much as anything I’ve seen or read, deals with the effects of his accident in ways that are equally humorous and sad. When you’ve read it, which of the following emotions do you think dominate the effect of the story?

Link: If it’s morphine, it must be August PDF

a) He’s trying to be funny about something that isn’t;
b) He wants to explain pain by personal example;
c) He’s describing himself in a fashion that’s finally meant to entertain.

Will you remember anything about the story? What? Why? After you’ve read it, listen to it.

Link: If it’s morphine, it must be August on YouTube

Which do you prefer? As time goes on, Kevin Kling has gone more abstract.

Have a look at these videos.

Link: Rainstorm on YouTube
Link: Tickled Pink on YouTube

On Being

If you have the time and the inclination, listen in to an entire hour-long feature on Kevin Kling, his storytelling, his life, and his passions. It’s quite beautiful.

Link: On Being Episode


February 9, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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