2017 Festival Featured Tellers

Featured at the 23rd annual Forest Storytelling Festival, Oct. 20-22, 2017…

Elizabeth EllisElizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis doesn’t mince words. Filled with hilarious and poignant honesty, her stories deliver down-home wisdom, southern style. Hers is a voice that finds the heart and the funny bone, riveting audiences of every age wherever she goes. Elizabeth has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Antonio RochaAntonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha is a native of Brazil. His solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. His “performance exceeded all expectations, delighting the smallest child to the very oldest adult. … Antonio was captivating as well as educational, humorous and tender, serious and hilarious.”

Alton ChungAlton Chung 2

Alton Chung performs at storytelling festivals internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha.  He also tells Asian folk tales from all around the Pacific Rim and stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII.  In 2005, Alton was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network.

Rev. Robert JonesJones_Robert_Blues

Rev. Robert Jones is a blues guitarist and nationally known storyteller from Detroit. His stories combine elements of music and humor, emotion, fact and fiction. He tells personal and family stories, and stories from the lives of blues and gospel singers. Many of his tales center around struggles of race and faith.

Jennifer FerrisJennifer Ferris

Jennifer Ferris uses the draw of humour and just the right word to bring audiences of all ages into tales of myth, magic and transformation.  Her own family stories strike a common theme that has prompted listeners to demand that she tell the story of their families!