From Ali Baba to La Llorona, Tiger to Turtle, from Vasalisa to Jack – the graceful hands and enchanting voice of Storyteller Mary Grace Ketner bring them all to life in folktales, fairy tales and legends from all around the world.

An author with teaching experience in Language Arts, English, Spanish, and Special Education and work as an educational specialist in a museum of history and culture, Mary Grace understands the role of artistry in advancing a community of learners.

Contact Mary Grace: mgk@talesandlegends.net

Programs, Performances, Workshops and Training Sessions Available

Articles, stories or interviews:

“Barking Mouse Meets Nicklebee,” article on storytelling and state standards, Storytelling Magazine, September-October 2009. Download PDF.

“Pretty Maid Ibronka,” story and Telling Tips in The August House Book of Scary Stories, August House 2009.

“Sinukuan, the Judge,” “The Fly” and “The Flea” published in Bees, Beetles, Butterflies and other Beguiling Bugs: Folklore, Songs and Stories from Around the World, (pp. 71, 82, and 154 respectively.) collected by Jackie Baldwin. Sonoma, CA, Story Lovers World, 2008.

“Let the Stories Come,” chapter in Tell the World: Storytelling Across Language Barriers by Margaret Read MacDonald, p. 146-147. Westport, CN, Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

“How to Tell a Good Story,” Sombrilla Magazine, Spring, 2008. (Staff article based on interview.) Download PDF.

Cover Story for Storytelling Magazine, March-April, 2007 is my version of “Sinukuan.” Download PDF.

Interviewed by Lori Silverman for Wake Me When the Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results regarding the radio program “LIFETIMES: The Texas Experience,” 2006.

“Scheherazade Was Right!” article on Arab Storytelling and Banks Multicultural Typology, July-August 2005 issue of Storytelling Magazine. Download PDF.

“La Llorona,” in Bare Bones for Storytellers, Volume 4, Halloween, Story-Lovers World, Sonoma CA, 2004.

Ganzy Remembers (Atheneum, 1991), Mary Grace’s children’s picture book about family stories, is now available as a used book at Amazon. Ganzy Remembers is a Banks Street College selection, Best Children’s Books of 1991.

The two award-winning audiotapes Mary Grace produced for UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, Many Tricksters, and “Yikes! Scary Stories from the Texas Folklife Festival” are out of production.