Bruce came to live storytelling late in life, based on a lifelong love of reading out loud. The inspiration of his storytelling and reading life is based on the life and work of Jean Shepherd, who he first encountered on a lonely dark Saturday night, as “Shep” read the Lewis Carroll epic The Hunting of the Snark. He has read stories to groups of kids regularly, for the last year, and he is one of the newer members of the guild. His primary claim to fame is as an organizer of storytelling events in Bethlehem, for the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem and the Northeast Ministries, also in Bethlehem. He specializes in telling stories from his life to adults and famous “fairy tales” to children, in addition to reading books to children. His most daring foray into impromptu storytelling was when he decided to tell the story of Achilles in The Iliad to a group of Boy Scouts. His surprise was not that they found it dull, but that they already knew the story. His ambition is to make kids more appreciative of poetry, as he did when, as a kid, he began reading A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson.