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After my initial research around the analysis of backstrap loom weaving as applied to teaching and learning and professional development constructs in the institution of education, I spoke at several professional development sessions/meetings with bilingual teachers.  Throughout my years spent in Guatemala, my vacations to Wisconsin were often full of informational presentations in my local community including artisan guilds, local libraries, women's groups, Spanish classes, among others.  I developed presentations for a variety of ages.  I continue to seek out opportunities to speak.  This space could be yours.  Schedule a presentation for adults or children.  Invite me as a guest speaker for your book club, women's group, nonprofit service organization or professional development workshop for educators working in literacy with diverse populations.  My work and my writing are founded in conversation and storytelling, let's make time to continue the conversation, to write the next chapter.

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2020 (1/31/20)


is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.  

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Reading Challenge 2019


Open invitation at​.  I will be participating all year!  Check for reviews in my blog and read other participants' suggestions via the link.  Storytelling and story listening matter.

UW-Madison's 27th Annual Writer's Institute

First Place Flash Fiction Winner


I attended my first writing conference yesterday, the UW-Madison's Writer's Institute.  What a great experience!  My flash fiction submission, Bird-Pajaro, based on my research project on history and memory in post dictatorship Argentina became this short story fifteen years ago.  While working two part time jobs and writing other longer projects, I didn't have time to write something completely new so I pulled this text from my files.  Later while attending a session on literary magazines, Chris Chambers, editor of the Midwest Revue mentioned an anthology contest he won when he decided to shine up some old stories from a drawer.  It doesn't matter if you are seasoned or just starting, it's never too late for a story to come out of the drawer and be retold.

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