Culpeper Tells 2016
Growing up in a family where it was always the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. A nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. Audiences all across the country have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.
As a storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp’s works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., and the Public Library Assoc. In 2011, Bil was awarded the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. Lepp has been featured 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and performed at major storytelling festivals, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at corporate events and functions across the country. He performed at Comedy Central’s Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles, CA.
Bil is the author of three books of tall tales, ten audio collections, a non-fiction book, and a novel. His first children’s book, The King of Little Things, was published by Peachtree Publishers in the fall of 2013. The King of Little Things received a PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, Kirkus Starred review, favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The School Library Journal and other publications. It also won Gold Parent’s Choice Award and is a semi-finalist (we’re not done yet!) for the Irma Black Award. Bil lives in Charleston, WV with his wife and two children.
Learn more at leppstorytelling.com