2024 National Festival

Sufian Zhemukhov is an award-winning author and performer featured off-Broadway and nationwide. Sufian's shows “about romance, culture, and one immigrant's story” (NPR) are based on his personal experience as a first-generation immigrant and a college professor, which might be funnier than it sounds. Sufian is a featured teller at the upcoming 2024 National Storytelling Festival. He served as the 2023 Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center and received the 2020 JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award from the National Storytelling Network. As a scholar, he won the 2019 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association.