The Stories We Tell is the first ever collection of original stories and poems written exclusively by Rhode Island storytellers. Rhode Island may be the smallest state with the longest name but it also has multiple storytelling events & groups. Five storytelling groups-Little Rest Tellers; Rhode Island Storytellers; Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Rhode Island Storytellers In Concert and The Spellbinders. Three Festivals-Funda Fest, Jonnycake, and the Rhode Island Storytelling Festival. A State Library Service that encourages and provides summer work for emerging and experienced storytellers and a network of tellers who whole-heartedly support and respect each other. It is only in this generous and caring environment that this collection could be developed. Rhode Island is blessed with a delightful assortment of tellers who create wonderful stories and have been willing to share them with me and you.