award-winning author, storyteller, and world-traveller
Pleasant DeSpain is the author of 18 multicultural story collections, and picture books. He taught speech, literature, and drama for six years in three universities before establishing his career as a professional storyteller in 1972. DeSpain has performed thousands of programs in schools, festivals, and theaters. He wrote, produced and hosted Pleasant Journeys, a children’s television program on KING-TV, Seattle for five years. His unwavering faith in a spiritual awakening has taken him on a life-long search for light and life. Pleasant resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand and upstate New York.
Pleasant has never been afraid of adventure. He spends over half of his year living in Thailand and much of the rest traveling the world to “discover” fresh folktales that he can share with a wider audience.