Ms. Strauss grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and moved West to teach high school English and Native Culture for a traveling, academic outdoor school. Through this work and several friendships with Native elders, she developed skill as a professional storyteller, learning to tell Native American Coyote Stories. She speaks a bit of Shahaptin, a Plateau Native language and developed her storytelling by researching in anthropological and linguistic texts.
She has traveled the world performing traditional stories from many cultures including The Passionate Fact Workshop: Storytelling Science. She has authored original narratives for an exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium and a National Forest Service restoration project. She is the author of three children’s books, The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation and six recordings. She holds a B.A. cum laude and a Masters of English from the University of Virginia. She holds a Eurythmy diploma from Rudolf Steiner College after also studying at Spring Valley.