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Saundra Kelley, Storyteller, Author

Professional Performance Artist - Spoken Word with voice training u

About Me

  A native Of Tallahassee, Florida, I’ve  traveled far to collect stories,  filling my ragbag with delicious folktales, personal narrative, horrifying scary stuff and curious stories from my own fertile imagination. 

”Stories from the Florida I Once Knew”  is a favorite because of my family‘s oral tradition and the North Florida region’s incredible ecological diversity.  

My personal mantra is to 

                 Save, Preserve and Protect 

                                           this beautiful place.

   "Saundra Kelley's voice is authentic. Her repertoire is vast and varied and one not confined by any single kind of story. This makes it possible for her to speak to the needs of all listeners.

Elizabeth Ellis, Revered National Storyteller



Books by Saundra Gerrell Kelley

 Southern Appalachian Storytellers: Interviews with Sixteen Keepers of the Oral Tradition. McFarland Publishers 2011. Done in oral history format, this book stays true to its sources, allowing the Storytellers own voices to ring true in authentic dialect and sense of place.

  Danger in Blackwater Swamp, SYPPublishing. 2013. Romantic Suspence. Set in the wilds of North Florida, BJ Hathaway inherits an ecological restoration project, barely escapes death and finds love in the process. Find yourself immersed in the incredibly diverse ecology that really exists in that beautiful place.

   The Day the Mirror Cried: A Collection of Short Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry, SYPPublishing, 2014. Southern Gothic in short fiction format. Meet Annie Pearl Dalrymple, intrepid sleuth, and Luanne Bugtussle,  an unlikely murderer, a seal who transforms into a man...all bookended by my poetry. Read what it was like to grow up in the conflicted South of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, find the Ship’s Lantern set in Appalachicola, Stinkbug Hollow and more. Each is unique to it’s own time and place and all began as Spoken Word creations.

Coming in 2018, Danger on Roan Mountain.  Florida writer Marianna Ross, accepts a residency  on Roan Mountain in the mountains of Tennessee and finds her destiny 

Education and experience

BS - Florida State University, Social Sciences with double minors in creative writing and communication

MA - East Tennessee State University, Performance Art with a Storytelling Concentration 

Marjorie Kinan Rawlings ‘Writing the Region’ in Gainesville, Florida, and numerous Storytelling Institutes

Artist Residencies:

Starburst Festival, Anderson Public Library  and Anderson University

Road Scholar, Intentional Growth Center, Lake Junalaska, North Carolina 2014 and 2018

Wild Acres, Little Switzerland, North Carolina


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Saundra Kelley, Storyteller

2832 Kilkierane Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32309, United States

(423) 946-9359