Bonnie Collins is one of West Virginia's best-loved storytellers. Born Bonnie Mae Starkey in 1915 on Franks Run in Doddridge County, she learned singing and instrumental skills from family members early in her life. It is her unique gift for humor and storytelling, however, that has brought her well-deserved recognition across West Virginia in recent years. A popular performer, Bonnie attended the first Vandalia Gathering in 1977 and has served as a judge for the state Liars Contest several times. Photograph by Michael Keller.