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We've heard it all before... we rejoice in the retelling!


MO-TELL Presents:

Roger Rose
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Roger Rose, the Walking-Stick Man, has been telling stories in the St. Louis area for many years. He tells from a broad repertoire, from literary stories to folklore and legends, to his own original stories.  Roger mines the treasure trove of literature and folklore for nuggets of story which he refines and polishes for telling. Roger was a regional teller  for the St. Louis Storytelling Festival for many years and was a featured teller in 1994. 

Many of the stories Roger tells are literary stories -- authored to be printed and read.  But listening is different from reading, so literary stories need to be adapted for telling, just as they are adapted for stage or screen.  Roger offers a workshop on telling literary stories and offers advice on copyright issues and getting permission to tell copyrighted works.


Roger is a member of the National Storytelling Network, of St. Louis Gateway Storytellers, of Missouri Storytelling, of Riverwind Storytelling Company and of River and Prairie Storyweavers. The ever-present walking stick, his personal trademark and talisman, was hand-crafted by Roger's father from the woody stem of a saguaro cactus.

Teller Specialties: 

Stories for Kids:  Mother Bruce, The Giant's Toe, Mouse on the Moon 

Stories for Grown-ups:  The Seal Maiden, Just Good Friends, Middle Woman

Scary Stories:   Headless Horseman, Monkey's Paw, Sleepwalker 

Bible Stories:  David and Goliath, Elijah and the Widow, Prodigal Brother 

True Stories:  Nothing to be Afraid of, Earthquake!, Lost Locomotive

Mark Twain Stories:  Tom Sawyer, Celebrated Jumping Frog

Epic Stories:  Sir Gawain and the Loathly Damsel 

Liar's Contest Winners:  Jack and the Magic Beans, High in the Ozarks

And many more!

Missouri Storytelling, Inc.  



Welcome to the home of Missouri Storytelling, Inc. MO-TELL

MO-TELL was established in 1984 as Missouri's leading storytelling group for storytellers and listeners alike with the intention to promote and perpetuate storytelling throughout the state.

Throughout our history we have successfully reached Missourians by providing storytelling in the Missouri State Parks.  Currently we provide storytellers to 12 state parks and/or historic sites in Missouri.  We are seeking support to continue and increase our scope of venues and audiences.


Mission Statement

Missouri Storytelling, Inc. (MO-TELL) is an organization of storytellers and other interested persons dedicated to spreading the joy and the art of storytelling throughout Missouri.


Vision Statement

We envision that every Missourian will hear and share stories and keep the oral tradition alive.


Missouri Storytelling, Inc is a 501 c (3) non-profit membership organization with a board of directors consisting of the following people:

President         Joyce Slater                            joyceslater20@gmail.com

Secretary         Linda Kuntz                           iharilag@gmail.com

Treasurer        Sue Hinkel                              suehinkel1@gmail.com

At Large          Gary Kuntz                              galirahi@aol.com

At Large          Jim Two Crows Wallen          jimtwocrows@att.net

Emeritus         Perrin Stifel                            pstifelstl@earthlink.net


The Annual meeting is held in January at a designated location.


Activities sponsored by Missouri Storytelling, Inc

Storytelling in the Missouri State Parks

The Missouri Liar's Contest

Storytelling and Story Writing Workshops


Membership Benefits

Missouri State Park storytelling opportunities

The Missouri Liar's Contest and educational opportunities

A Monthly Newsletter

Web site presence for members 

Affiliation with the National Storytelling Network

Connection to all storytelling organizations in Missouri