Steve Maanum is an award-winning educator, wildlife photographer, and writer who has found a unique way of blending his backgrounds and experiences together during his storytelling presentations.
As an outdoor communicator and a member of OWAA (Outdoor Writers Association of America), he strives to help others make nature connections through his family-style nature photography workshops, his nature writing/photography sessions in schools and at Young Writers’ and Artists’ conferences, and through his storytelling presentations.
Steve says, “Many of my adventures are nature-based so when I tell a story, I want it to provide information in an entertaining way and I want it to jog the memories of the listeners so they might recall similar situations from their past. Our life is our story and each of us has one worth telling.”
“No matter how old I get, there remains a bit of a child within me. I remember that part of life as being a magical time. Summers seemed to go on forever. They were reserved for fishing, swimming, kite flying, playing baseball, and trying to stay out of trouble. I managed to do the fishing, swimming, kite flying, and baseball on a regular basis, but the ‘staying out of trouble’ part was more difficult for me. I never went looking for trouble; it just sort of became my shadow. Over the years I developed a knack for getting into situations – some of which could fit into the category of most embarrassing moments.”
Through his monthly column called, “My Endless Childhood” in Minnesota Boomers he shared many of his situations and embarrassing moments with readers.
“I have chosen to combine three different artistic disciplines (writing, wildlife photography, and storytelling) into many of my presentations because they are all connected. I think it demonstrates that creativity is not always limited to a single area and that artistic disciplines can be combined with positive results.”
Steve’s photographs and writing appear in newspapers, magazines, and books. He has been a speaker and presenter at local, regional, state, and national conferences and he has participated in Master Storyteller Events.
Samples of his work can be viewed at www.stevemaanum.com.