I am an educator, trained storyteller, and writer. I am currently working on a bilingual literacy project to develop an intervention program using storytelling in lieu of practice testing. As a former Dual Language teacher, I used storytelling as an intervention and had successful results with my struggling readers on state assessments. My goal is to be able to replicate the program at other schools.
I am also available to perform storytelling at schools, libraries, and other events. I am able to perform in English or Spanish.
Crafting and Abandoning the Poetic Line: A Reading and Workshop with Emmy Pérez, Texas Poet Laureate.
Emmy Pérez, Texas Poet Laureate, is the author of the poetry collections With the River on Our Face and Solstice. A volume of her new and selected poems is forthcoming. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Poets Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and a CantoMundo Fellowship. She’s a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and co-founded Poets Against Walls. Originally from Santa Ana, California, she has lived in the Texas borderlands for the past 20 years.
This program is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Due to bad weather earlier this week in the Pacific Northwest, a virtual storytelling concert got cancelled. I decided to record it anyway.
For those of you who are curious about what kind of storytelling I do or what storytelling as a performance art is, here is your chance to see it.
The story is El Pájaro Cu, some of you may have already heard it. It’s one of my favorites. I created this story by mixing a personal narrative with a Mexican myth. It is a concert and is almost thirty minutes long. I hope you enjoy it.
I want to thank all my friends and relatives who served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. You are dedicated, selfless, and brave to a degree I cannot fathom. May God bless you and your families always.
When I taught my students about Veterans’ Day, I used two books that although different, gave strong messages about love of country: Attack on Pearl Harbor by Shelley Tanaka:
and Brother Eagle, Sister Sky:
I taught with these books because November is such a busy month with profound significance around the themes of country, family, Veterans, Native Americans, religious freedom, and giving thanks.
These books share a commonality in that they expose students to different perspectives. Although these books are somewhat outdated in today’s teaching timeline, the messages are not. I recommend these stories for readers around the third grade and higher.