Madison Storytellers Festival


The Madison Downtown Development Commission approved funding for the town’s first Madison Storytellers Festival on June 11th, in downtown Madison. The goal of the festival is to showcase Madison’s unique arts and culture community and the community’s ability to tell stories. While it began as a way to highlight local authors, publishers, small presses, and others in the literary profession, it’s become a celebration with all types of storytelling – readings, interactive arts education events, poetry, music, dance, and more.


The Madison DDC has opened a call for volunteers to join the Madison Storytellers Festival Task Force planning the event, which will be staged at Madison’s ‘Culture Corner,’ with a main stage under the railroad trestle on Green Village Road (closed off between Main Street and Kings Road from 10 am – 4 pm) and additional stages at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Short Stories Bookshop and Arts Hub, and Drip Coffee.

Deb Starker, Executive Director of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts and President of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA), was thrilled to join Dan Blank and Dan Cafaro on the Steering Committee, along with Barb Short of Short Stories Bookshop and Arts Hub, John Pietrowski, of Writers Theatre of NJ, Melanie Tomaszewski of Madison Mud, and Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – 4 pm, followed by evening music at Short Stories Bookshop and Arts Hub at 23 Main Street, from 4-6 PM.

To volunteer, sponsor, or simply stay up to the minute as the festival plans unfold, visit or like the festival’s Facebook page here: