Stories from the Heart and Everywhere Else
Wednesday, January 13 • 7:30 pm
A Storytelling Monthly Program
Imagine a warm hearth with a merry fire, friends and neighbors gathered near. The music has stopped and the stories have begun--the spoken word that holds us in thrall as the teller weaves together tales about our lives, our history and our sense of place. In the cold heart of January, FSGW is happy to offer its members an evening of storytelling from one of the nation's finest tellers.
Elizabeth Ellis is a national treasure, one of the finest storytellers there is. Working from simple raw materials--traditional stories, her Appalachian childhood, Walmart(!)--Elizabeth captures the listener with an unpretentious charm that disguises the craft in her work. She makes it sound easy, but few people draw in the listener the way Elizabeth does. Her stories confront the essence of shared humanity, the parts we can be proud of, the parts that embarrass us, and also the darker shades of the human experience. She does all this with hilarity and poignancy. An evening with Elizabeth Ellis is by turns entertaining, enlightening, refreshing, and always satisfying.
Elizabeth has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network. She is a favorite and frequent presence at the National Storytelling Festival and the Teller-In-Residence Program of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and has been lauded as "One of America's finest storytellers. ? by the School Library Journal. Elizabeth is the author of "From Plot to Narrative ?, which received Anne Izard and Storytelling World Awards. She is the co-author, with Loren Niemi, of Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories. Elizabeth is listed on the Touring Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts and the MidAmerica Arts Alliance. Find more at http://www.elizabethellis.com.
Elizabeth will be appearing as the featured teller in the Grapevine, a monthly storytelling series sponsored by FSGW. The program begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 13, at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, Washington, D.C., two blocks up from the Metro station on the Red LIne. Food and drink (and books) available for purchase. For more information, contact Noa Baum and Tim Livengood by phone at 301-587-3558 or by email , or find the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineStorytelling.
The Grapevine is supported by donations from the audience. For this special edition of the Grapevine, FSGW is making a generous donation on behalf of FSGW members and encourages them to come out for a listen. If you really enjoy Elizabeth, we'll encourage you to add to the donation jar. You won't be disappointed.