Land of Graws
Robert Stelmach, a.k.a. Max Tell, writer of stories, singer of songs, and educator was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1945. • Max has toured South East Asia five times telling his own stories and singing his own songs. • Robert has performed at many festivals including The Vancouver Children's Festival (1992, 2005-07), The Surrey Children's Festival (2005-06), The Vancouver Storytelling Festival (1991-93, 2000, 03-04), Bumbershoot (the Seattle Arts Festival) (1992, 94), as well as storytelling festivals in Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia (1991-95). • In 2006 alone, Robert gave over 50 performances including a 29 library tour of the Okanagan. • He also has five years of experience touring as an actor in children's theatre throughout Northern Ontario. • Robert has five audio CDs available: the most recent are 'Little Johnny Small and Other Stories' (two separate CDs, one, English only and the other, English with Spanish Translations - Books for each are soon to follow). Other CDs include: 'Dragon with a Flagon' produced and accompanied by David Sinclair (Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang), 'A Fist of Bees' and 'The Land of Graws'. • Four of Robert's plays have been produced and many of his poems, short stories, and articles have been published in small magazines. Hhe has had seven article published in prestigious educational magazines in 2007. • In 1992 his play, 'Wild Rose and Half Step' was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for best Children's Play of the Year. • Robert's story, 'Fiezo, the Book Burro' was on the short list of the 2007 Writers' Union of Canada 'writing for children' competition. • He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (1972) and carried on graduate studies in theatre arts at the University of Nebraska (1974). He studied creative writing at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, studying under W.O. Mitchell one of Canada's most renowned novelists (1978). Robert (Max Tell) Stelmach has two children. He lives in White Rock, British Columbia.