South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Director Receives Arizona Humanities Award
On March 25, 2018, Liz Warren, Faculty Director, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute received the Arizona Humanities Public Scholar, Dan Shilling Award, the first community college professor to receive this award in its 29-year history. Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Liz’s recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. Liz serves as storytelling coach for the popular Arizona Storytellers Project produced by the Arizona Republic. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 Liz was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix. She has also served on the Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks roster as a Road Scholar. Liz holds a B.S. in Anthropology and M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University and spends most summers in Ireland teaching for Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad Ireland program.