Elizabeth Ellis’ work has been described as ‘invariably moving and amusing.’ A repertoire of more than four hundred stories makes it possible for Elizabeth to create programs tailored to fit the needs of the presenter and the age and interest of her listeners. Tales of Texas, Appalachian, and heroic American women are much requested, but stories of Elizabeth’s own life are arguably her best. Adult concerts include How Women Won the Vote and Tougher than Woodpecker Lips (challenges). Children’s concerts include There’s Always a Troublemaker and A Trip Around the World in Folktales. Raised in the Appalachian Mountains in a family of storytellers, Elizabeth has shared her tales with over a million children and countless adults in her forty-one-year career. A perennial favorite at schools and libraries across Texas and at the National Storytelling Festival, she is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Elizabeth can awaken the storyteller and story collector in anyone. Workshops about collecting family stories are a specialty. Photo by Paul Porter.

Additional information



Contact name

Elizabeth Ellis

Contact address

6218 Wofford Avenue Dallas TX 75227

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Public performance

$150 – $1000

School performance

$350 – $900

Workshop fees

$150 – $900

Travel per diem lodging

$0 – $1500




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle, Pre-K

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller

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