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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Joel ben Izzy

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editor December 9th, 2006 09:42 AM PST

Ben Izzy is a storyteller who also teaches "story skills" to executives and others. Most of his work consists of recordings. However, in 1997, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This is a treatable disease and ben Izzy had the surgery. But, in a completely unexpected turn of events, he woke up unable to speak. The desperate journey that started from there is the basis of his honest, remarkable 2003 memoir, "The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness."

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From Joel ben Izzy's Website at www.storypage.com

Though Joel has been telling stories all his life, he began his professional career in 1983, after graduating from Stanford with a degree in English, Creative Writing and Storytelling. After a year performing in and around San Francisco, he set off to travel the world, gathering and telling stories.

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