Fort Collins Storytellers Project: Meet the 6 people sharing their holiday stories



It’s the most wonderful time of the year — but is it really? From celebrations to traditions to heartbreak and family drama, the holiday season is a whirlwind and we can all relate.

Join the Fort Collins Coloradoan for stories about the holidays at our Dec. 4 Storytellers Project night at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House.

There are still seats available for the show, which will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person or $8 per student.

Get your tickets now at before they sell out.

The Coloradoan Storytellers Project came from the idea that oral storytelling and journalism have the same goals: serving and reflecting a community while fostering empathy. So we’re blending the art of oral storytelling with the truthfulness and community-building that is at the heart of great journalism.

Here are the six people who will share their stories at the event:

► Darlene Mueller Morse: Darlene is writer, poet and proofreader and works with Poudre School District as an essay grader at Lesher Middle School. She moved to Fort Collins 50 years ago to attend Colorado State University and never left except to travel the world. Cats, books and photography play a big role in her life as well as her two small grandsons who live too far away. She will speak about Christmas traditions and how they can’t be forced.

► Jason Landers: Jason hails from Greenwood Village, where he lives with his wife and 2½-year-old daughter. Jason is studying cognitive science at the University of Denver and is a part-time stay at home dad. Jason’s story is about the night he came home for Christmas — from Iraq.

► Kim Rife: Kim is a commercial and TV actor, dog lover and estate sale aficionado. She loves to make people laugh by creating funny memes on social media, feeling it’s all about the “laughs,” not the “likes.” Kim will share a story about learning to trust or not.

► Lisa Hawker: Lisa is the USA TODAY-bestselling author of four thriller novels under the name LS Hawker. She also produced and starred in fitness videos for moms to do with their babies and toddlers, called “Mom-O-Rama,” and was once a traveling Kmart portrait photographer. She will tell a story about learning what true forgiveness looks like.

► Paul Marrick: Paul is retired police officer and owner of FOCO Real Estate in Fort Collins. When he’s not helping others selling or purchasing properties, he enjoys spending time with his family. He also does stand-up comedy and has successfully competed in several Story Slams. He’s the author of a few books on the lighter side of law enforcement. He enjoys sharing stories. That’s what old cops do, tell stories — sometimes over and over again. He will tell a story about his particularly memorable Christmas Eve shift as a police officer.

► Sophia Babb: Sophia is a storyteller at heart and a marketer by trade. She’s a touring singer-songwriter, as well a social media strategist for high-impact nonprofits and businesses. She will be telling a story about the unexpected creativity and growth grief can bring.

Tickets available now

The Fort Collins Coloradoan’s Storytellers Project: Holiday Stories is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House in Fort Collins. These events often sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early at

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