... an ancient, live, interactive exchange between listener and teller. Storytelling is vast, it is a web, a bridge and a often a lifeline.
Storytelling builds trust, creates communion with ourselves, others, with the natural world. Storytelling breaks open imaginations, and storytelling heals.
photo by Tracy Lomax
"The World is Made of Stories, Not Atoms."
Greetings! I am a lover of beginnings, middles & ends, a listener, a story carrier, folklorist and teller of such tales! My ancestors; pioneers, puritans, and travelers carrying stories from the Jurassic Coastline to deeply loric Bavarian forests, from Great Lakes to Rolling Prairie-lands.
I am a Wisconsin native who has roamed and roved far and wide and now resides here, once again in the land of red granite, dark wild woods and clear, near bottomless lakes. I stepped onto the path of storyteller 22 years under an Oregon hazelnut tree and have never looked back. Deep listening, wild imagining and getting out of the way for the story to tell itself are the tools of my trade.
I believe that stories and storytelling are set deep in our human bones and more than ever we need more people mythically awake, we need to listen deeper, to imagine well beyond the coding of colonization!
We need the evocative intelligence of old myth and folklore to weave in, with and through the fabric of our lives, our communities and our own stories. There is always time and there's always a need for stories to be told!
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I offer storytelling performances and workshops in co-creative collaboration with the wide range of the inter-generational spectrum. Tellings happen everywhere and most commonly I find myself in libraries, schools, at conferences, house concerts, festivals and sometimes in my own back garden. Over the decades I have shared my gift in all four directions
in fulfilling & curious ways.
If you are curious about deepening your listening, your imagining, you courtship with story, with your writing, your art and your creative life - consider a 1:1 Storytelling Coaching session.
From 1996 – 2004 my deep respect for the land and Gaelic culture ferried me over to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and from that the Hebridean Folklore Project was born. There I visited with and recorded over 40 Scottish Gaelic speaking elders from the islands. In 2016 the body of analog recordings were digitized and are now archived at the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic. Coming soon retellings of these tales, living in the pages of a book, a wise book, a wild and magical book!
Presently I am based in North Menomonie in NW Wisconsin, where I live with my partner in an ever growing garden, a few chickens and a sassy black cat called Pippin. When I'm not listening or telling I also play with writing and practicing & teaching Yoga.
"Tracy Chipman brings her full humanity to her storytelling. Whether she is telling a Celtic myth or a story about her Grandmother, there is a vitality and a truthfulness to her presence, through which she calls us to presence too. ...Here, alongside the lash of the waves, there is time to breathe, a tough sense of humour, and also great tenderness. Her voice of wisdom and compassion lives on in me." ~ UK based Storyteller Jackie Singer
"Tracy's vivid words create a magnificent story-scape, another world you can so easily slip into while listening to her. The stories Tracy shares are ones that can be understood from many viewpoints, with many lessons. I've found myself so completely captivated with one in particular that I keep dreaming it up all over again. Please enjoy and cherish the sweet act of listening to the stories Tracy tells!" ~ Liliana C, in Madison WI
"We had 19 children and 12 adults attend our Dreamtime Tales program with a tour
de force storytelling performance by Tracy. The vast beauty of her stories was the richness
of content and description. Mouths watered as they heard a story of jelly-beans falling from the
sky like rain. Children's eye's glistened as they imagined the silky red robes and golden curtains of the emperor's palace in one story. In short, our storyteller had excellent powers of description and expression and she delighted a very jubilant crowd during a bustling opening today."
- Corbin at Sheldon Branch Library, Eugene Oregon
“Tracy's stories and deliverance are spellbinding”
~ Hillary Kurtz, Fairfield, Iowa
"We are always thrilled to have Tracy perform! Whether it's for children, adults, or a mix, Tracy always does such a wonderful job of adapting to the audience! That's a tall order for a performer, but we know we're in great hands with Tracy. " ~ Kayce Henderson, Sparta Free Library, Sparta WI
"Tracy's stories, and storytelling, are a true delight and not to be missed!" ~ Kurt Hanson, Fairfield, Iowa