Her radio show, “Stories from Many Lands,” was broadcast on WNYC from 1968 until 1980. She helped create the Storytelling Center of New York City, which trains thousands of volunteers and sends them into the city’s public schools and libraries. 
In 1972, Ms. Wolkstein published the first of her two dozen books. Most were collections of folk tales, legends and creation stories gathered during research trips. She visited China, Africa and Haiti many times. In 1983, she collaborated with Samuel Noah Kramer, an Assyrian scholar, in writing Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, a retelling of the 4,000-year-old story of the Sumerian goddess of fertility, love and war.
Ms. Wolkstein was an amalgam: folk historian, ethnographer, teacher, street performer and feminist scholar. Several of her works, notably “Inanna,” sought to reclaim forgotten myths about female deities. Others reintroduced heroic women from ancient texts, as did her 1996 book, Esther's Story, an imagined account of the inner life of the biblical heroine.
The best stories, she told an interviewer in 1992, revealed themselves to an audience in a kind of natural stereo: “Kids get it on one level, middle-aged people on another, and senior citizens have another,” she said. “I let the ingredients do their own mixing.”

My favorite book by Diane Wolkstein!

White Wave: A Chinese Tale, 1979, by Diane Wolkstein, with illustrations by Ed Young 
One evening a lonely chinese farmer finds a snail shell gleaming in the moonlight. The shell transforms his life, for when he brings it home, he discovers it is the house of the beautiful moon goddess, White Wave.  This is a wonderful tale, beautifully told, and with absolutely gorgeous, evocative illustrations. 

When I was living in New York City in the 1980s, I was able to hear Diane's remarkable storytelling performances on several occasions and became acquainted with her through a mutual friend and folklorist.