Fist of Bees
Robert (Max Tell) Stelmach, writer of stories, singer of songs, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1945. * He has three audio CDs available: the most recent of which is Dragon with a Flagon co-produced and accompanied by David Sinclair (a member of the Sarah McLachlan band since 1993, and with k.d. lang from 92-95). * Other CDs include: A Fist of Bees and The Land of Graws * Four of Max's plays have been produced and many of his poems, short stories and articles have been published in small magazines. * In 1991 his play, Wild Rose and Half Step was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for best Children's Play of the Year. * He edited the Vancouver Storytelling Circle Newsletter for three years. * Max has toured South East Asia five times conducting workshops and telling his own stories and singing his own songs. * He has performed at many festivals including The Vancouver Children's Festival, The Vancouver Storytelling Festival (5 times) and the Singapore Storytelling Festival (4 times) * He also teaches English as a Second Language. * Max holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; * has a TESOL Diploma from Vancouver Community College licensing him to teach English as a Second Language; * carried on graduate studies at the University of Nebraska; and studied * creative writing at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, studying under W.O. Mitchell one of Canada's finest novelists. * Robert (Max Tell) Stelmach has two teenage children and lives in White Rock, British Columbia.