Author and Story Performer
I write and perform stories for all ages — kids and adults and mixed audiences alike. Sometimes my stories are traditional or for young kids (like the Three Pigs). Some are original and outrageous and for older groups (like The Brothers Schlemiel or 317 Watermelons). Some are a blend (like Cinderella Spinderella)
I’m always amazed at the power spoken and written words have to connect people with each other. My latest book—Cinderella Spinderella—has at its core the mission to bring diverse audiences together with a single story.
I began performing stories while working on my novel, The Brothers Schlemiel. A friend invited me to a storytelling group and I would read them excerpts. They suggested that I try “telling” instead, and when I finally did I fell in love. In my live events and spoken-word albums, I try to be immediate — so it’s not old-fashioned or dated. If you’ve never seen one of my “comedy story concerts,” listen to the audio, check out the videos and come and see me on tour.
Over the years I’ve studied playwrighting at the Trinity Rep Conservatory, mythology at Columbia University, dance with the Adaptors Movement Theater, storytelling with Spalding Gray, Aikido (I have a third degree blackbelt in this martial art for peace), and Yoga. In my spare time I like to bake bread and pizza and most recently garden.
On a more personal level, I’m half a century old. My wife and I have a blended family with four teenage boys and a lovely daughter who’s just entering middle school. One of the greatest privileges I’ve had is making up and sharing my stories with them—until they get too old and don’t want me to be embarrassing.
The “Official” Brief Bio
Mark Binder writes and tells stories for a living.
He is the author who knows how to tell the right story for readers and listeners of any age.
He has an eclectic collection of styles and interests, ranging from modern takes on traditional stories to bedtime favorites and even some autobiographical tall tales.
He performs all around the world.
Books (and ebooks)
Cinderella Spinderella! (2013)
The Brothers Schlemiel—unabridged (2013)
Genies, Giants and a Walrus (2012)
Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions (2012)
Stories for Peace (2011)
Matzah Mishugas (2009)
The Bed Time Story Book (2008)
It Ate My Sister (September, 2008)
A Hanukkah Present (*Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature* 2007)
The Everything Bedtime Story Book (2001)
Crumbs Don’t Count — The Rationalization Diet (1994)
A Holiday Present
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…
Classic Stories for Boys and Girls (*Children’s Music Web and iParenting Media Awards)
Tall Tales, Whoppers and Lies
The Brothers Schlemiel from Birth to Bar Mitzvah (*Storytelling World Honor)
A Hanukkah Present
More than 200 stories published in magazines including Cricket, The Forward, The Family, Bostonia, Conjure, and Pizza Today .
Awards and Grants
Finalist/Runner-Up National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature
Storytelling World Honor Award
Children’s Music Web Award
iParenting Media Award
US Department of Education Grant to Train School Librarians
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Literature
RI Department of Education Innovative Project Grant