Professor Stephen Gencarella

Host, Fermented...Myths and Legends...other projects.

With a genuine love of our textured past, Professor Gencarella celebrates a good story...acknowledging what may be fact or fiction...and focusing on both the story...and the reason the story was propagated...all good fodder for conversation. Engaging, fantastical, and funny...check out all of the Professor's contributions on iCRV!

Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is a professor of folklore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the resident folklorist for the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. He is currently finishing a collection of essays on eccentrics in New England for Globe Pequot Press and a book on the folklore of the Moodus noises. He is an officer for the Eastern Regional Tourism District and has been a Visiting Professor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Steve grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and is now a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, four children, three dogs, and countless wild animals who visit the pond at their home. You can reach him at or