STORYTELLERS

Storytellers

Members of the Southern Order of Storytellers, many of whom tell professionally or in other formal or informal settings.

We tell stories to students, families, the elderly, at libraries, parties, corporate events, etc. Many of us have written books and even have recordings of our stories for sale.

If you are looking for someone to tell stories at your event or with your group, please browse our list of members below. The Southern Order of Storytellers offers this page as a service to its members and a resource for the community.

Any material or links on this page were provided by the performer and have not been verified by the Southern Order of Storytellers.

Storyteller Listings (A-Z)

BJ Abraham

BJ Abraham

Frank Causey

Frank Causey

Loralee Cooley
Jan Cribbs

Jan Cribbs
Jan tells stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone! She was born into a family of storytellers and book lovers, and words, language, and the magical connections stories create have always filled her life.

Now a professional freelance storyteller, storytelling coach, and workshop leader, Jan tells a wide range of stories with a variety of themes. Some are historical, some are healing, and some are about uppity women! The range is from folktales to adventure and romance to just plain fun.

With a Master’s degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Jan has told in numerous venues, including the WIGS (Women’s Imaginative Guild of Storytellers) Day of Discovery for Women, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) Winter StoryFest, The Iris Festival, Tellabration, the SOS and Carter Center Library’s Story History Series, as well as in public libraries, hospitals, schools, churches, senior centers, and even a cemetery! For both her storytelling and her support of storytelling, Jan was a co-recipient of the 2013 Seanachie Award from SOS.

Give her an opportunity to coach other tellers in story development and performance and Jan says, “Oh, please! Throw me in the briar patch, again.” Her workshop on stories in business focuses on: “The Presence, Power, and Purpose of Storytelling – in the Workplace and Everywhere!” Jan believes stories are a wonderful way to form connections with others. In every aspect of storytelling, her purpose is to “HEAR! TELL!” with heart’s delight and laughter.

What People Are Saying!

“You tell to the heart.” Student Teacher Supervisor, College of Education

“I liked the story. It was very funny. The bear got triked to many tims. [sic] I bought it [the book] yesterday. I cep [keep] reading it over and over.” Student thank-you, After School Community Partnership Program

“What do I like about your stories? Your physicality, your humor, your characters!” A fellow storyteller (67)

Esther Culver

Esther Culver

James (Jim) Dawson

James (Jim) Dawson

Justin Fennell

Justin Fennell

Beverly Fermon

Beverly Fermon

Chetter Galloway

Chetter Galloway

Rosemary Glenn

Rosemary Glenn

Tommy Godwin

Tommy Godwin

John Gronwall

John Gronwall

Natalie Jones *LIFETIME MEMBER* www.nataliestories.com

Natalie Jones  *LIFETIME MEMBER* www.nataliestories.com

Educate, Entertain, Inspire…. Natalie Jones can do all that. A former park ranger, teacher and librarian, she hails from Eastern Kentucky, a great growing ground for stories.  Her special ability is telling stories for every generation.  Listeners, whether they are school kids or executives; cub scouts or women of the church; teenagers or seniors; find warmth, laughter, and satisfaction in Natalie’s tales. She brings a variety of interactive stories, adding musical instruments, puppets and props to create an energy filled presentation. Her programs for students are recognized for their educational integrity. Natalie is also a story teacher. She leads dynamic workshops for teachers, librarians and students empowering them to tell their stories. Oh, and she is also a Big Fibber, That’s a compliment in the storytelling world. She won the Big Fibbers crown in Rome, GA in 2016 and in 2017 was the People’s Choice Award Winner in the Storytelling Festival of North Carolina.

Natalie will tailor her story programs to the needs of your event. Here is a sample of the kind of programs she offers:
Georgia Curriculum based programs – preschool & elementary ages
Themed presentations for Library Vacation Reading Club
Humorous personal stories for adult groups
History Stories for Secondary and Middle school students
Campfire tales or Ghostly Legends
Costumed Birthday Parties
Storytelling Workshops for students and adults
Reading Motivation workshops for teachers, parents and librarians.

Some of her story highlights include telling at festivals in 5 southern states, Atlanta’s Carter Center, the National Storytelling Conference, Turner South Broadcasting’s Education through Storytelling Program, and Red Top Mountain’s annual Halloween Hayride. She currently works as a professional storyteller in area preschools, elementary schools, bookstores, churches, arts festivals and libraries. She also works for the Craddock Center, telling stories at Georgia mountain Head Start programs. She has been a presenter for the Georgia Conference of Media Organizations, the Georgia Preschool Association, and the Summer Education Institutes.
Contact Natalie for your next event:njones69@hotmail.com

Laura Keys
Kathleen Mainland

Kathleen Mainland

Denise Mount

Denise Mount

Verna Muthoni

Verna Muthoni

Gwendolyn Napier

Gwendolyn Napier

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

Fiona Page Hobbs

Fiona Page Hobbs

Neal Peeples

Neal Peeples

Leonard Presberg

Leonard Presberg

Terrell Shaw *terrellshaw@me.com

Terrell Shaw

Storytelling is practically in Terrell’s DNA. His mother gathered the kids regularly for Bible or Uncle Remus stories. His father regaled them with harrowing childhood tales like “Skinny-dipping in the Yellow River”.  Terrell spent a week, summers, shining shoes while his “Daddy Shaw” wove tales for his barber shop customers. And Terrell told stories to his elementary school children throughout 33 years of teaching. 
 
He began his professional telling in the 1980s but in seven years of “retirement” has been a more active teller, serving at Arrowhead Environmental Education Center as Storyteller/Naturalist. 
 
He tells to school, scout, and civic groups as well as events of all kinds. He leads storytelling/writing workshops for middle grade children in the YoungTales Storytelling Clubs program that he co-founded.
 
At Arrowhead he mostly tells traditional tales, always including grade-appropriate science content, as he leads nature walks and/or displays live animals and mounts, in outreach lessons in Floyd County Schools, and at Arrowhead-sponsored events. He also leads other lessons, often from the Project Wet, Project Wild, or Project Learning Tree curricula. Arrowhead conducts several hundred lessons in Floyd County Schools each year, as well as field trip lessons with school groups throughout the year.
 
Terrell is two-time champion of the Big Fibbers Contest (2012, 2014) and has directed the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival since 2015. He has performed at:
  • Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival (twice),
  • Cave Screams Ghost Tours (five times),
  • Bear on The Square, 
  • Stories on the Square, 
  • Outdoor Adventure Day (seven times), 
  • Etowah Mounds Torchlight Tours (four times)
  • Peach State Storytelling Festival (twice)
  • Cave Spring Arts Fair
  • Chiaha Harvest Fair
Terrell ’s honors include:
  • 2016 Margie Harbin Environmental Advocacy Award 
  • 2014 Armuchee High Star Teacher
  • 2009 Environmental Educator Award
  • 2009 Armuchee Teacher of the Year
  • 1991 Leadership Rome Program
  • 1981 Marshall Forest Stewardship Award
Terrell ’s community involvement includes:
  • Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild (a founder, first president)
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (choir member, soloist)
  • Rome Little Theatre (board member, actor/soloist)
  • Floyd County Association of Educators (president, state & national delegate, other offices)
  • Democratic Party ( county president, state convention delegate, member of state committee)
  • Coosa River Basin Initiative (Vice president, board member)
  • Marshall Forest Stewardship Committee (board member)
  • Save Rome’s Central Park political action group (chairman)
He ends e-mails with a blessing:
“May your joys be many, your troubles few, and may they all make great stories!”
Leslie Shelley

Leslie Shelley

Sharon Smith
Tricia Stearns

Tricia Stearns

Anthony and Kristin Vinson

Anthony and Kristin Vinson

Marilyn J. Wall

Marilyn J. Wall

Casey Wallace

Casey Wallace

Anne Wallace

Anne Wallace

Cynthia Watts
Clayton Williamson

Clayton Williamson

Jean Woodall
Betty Ann and Jim Wylie

Betty Ann and Jim Wylie