ETSU Storytelling Institute Concert to present Elizabeth Ellis


JOHNSON CITY (July 15, 2013) — The East Tennessee State University 2013 Storytelling Institute Concert series will present Elizabeth Ellis, long-time regional and national storytelling favorite, in a program entitled “The Company We Keep.” The event will be held on Sunday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bud Frank Theater in Gilbreath Hall. There is a $10 general admission fee or $5 for students and seniors.

Ellis, who now resides in Dallas, says “I have a well-deserved reputation for being an independent woman. Perhaps the idea of ‘independence’ is the greatest joke we play on ourselves. Join me for a look at people I have encountered who’ve tickled me, goaded me, inspired me, scared me into being who I am.” 

A native of Elizabethton, Ellis received her bachelor’s degree from Milligan College and her Master of Arts in Library Science from ETSU. She has captivated over 250,000 children and countless adults at schools, universities and festivals in her career that spans more than 30 years as a storyteller. Her storytelling journey has taken her from her local library to as far away as New Zealand.

Ellis was selected as a “Listener’s Choice” at the 30th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival and as a regular Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. She was the first recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award from the Tejas Storytelling Association and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. Her book with Loren Niemi, “Inviting the Wolf In: Telling Difficult Stories,” received an Outstanding Resource Award from Storytelling World magazine. This year, she has been voted the Lifetime Achievement Award from National Storytelling Network, the organization of her fellow storytellers.

This event is sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Graduate Program in Storytelling, as part of an annual summer series designed to bring renowned storytellers to campus for master classes on important topics in the storytelling art.

For further information, contact Dr. Joseph Sobol, ETSU Storytelling Program coordinator, at (423) 439-7863 or .

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