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Nature Center Hosts Master Storytellers

Click above for a story advertising the quarterly performance Terry Foxx and I do at the Nature Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Terry is below (“Foxy Lady”) with me (“I’m a hoot”).

Courtesy Arin McKenna/Los Alamos Monitor.
Courtesy Arin McKenna/Los Alamos Monitor.

The debut event for Night Writers Workshop was announced in Kane County Chronicle.

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Pages Across the Ages

When I was a children’s librarian at Bartlett Public Library District, I created and facilitated the intergenerational program Pages Across the Ages, where residents of a retirement community are paired with young library patrons as reading buddies and pen pals.  The books sparked conversations about common fears and joys experienced by participants of all ages!

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The program has been featured by the American Library Association, Continuance magazine (Winter/Spring 2014, p 3), International Federation of Library Association and by the international organization Reading Worldwide.   I have consulted with libraries from Alaska to Massachusetts, helping people adapt the idea to meet the needs of their communities.

I continue to foster this love for bringing the generations together through my writing and storytelling.

Enjoy this article about Pages Across the Ages from the front page of the Daily Herald!

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Anchorage Residents Find They Have Stories to Share
Article from the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). July 5, 2007.

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Awards

Winner of the 2016 and 2013 Worldwide Intergeneration Month Storytelling Contest.

Secretary of State/Illinois State Library Training Grant Recipient, 2009-2010

Open Books Volunteer All Star Award, 2009

Honorable mention of the Stony Brook short fiction prize for my short story, “Sacrifice,” 2006

Marquette University, Departmental Scholarship: English Department, 2002-2006.

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