Children's Stories








Shadowing/Research and Development Project--1998                         
I followed Michael Harvey of Cardiff, Wales (a bilingual teller) and attended performances and rehearsals with a musician, met other storytellers (Welsh, Scots and English), exchanged educational practices and discussed differences in British and American AIE systems. Other activities included community development through storytelling and meeting with the Welsh Arts Council and Welsh Union of Writers. I visited sites important to Welsh stories and continued research and development of Welsh stories with a special focus on the stories of Welsh Gypsies in the National Museum of Welsh Folklife (St. Ffagan's), the National Library of Wales and private libraries. The project was supported by the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, the St. David's Society of New York and a PCA Proffessional Development Grant.

Independent Research--1995
A Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Scholarship supported research in Welsh stories at the National Museum of Folk Life (St. Ffagan's), where I had the opportunity to use their audiotape archives of tradition bearers, and the National Library of Wales. I also had the opportunity to observe "ysgolion meithrin" (Welsh-medium nursery schools). A generous friend also helped fund this project.

Immaculata College, Immaculata,PA--1991
B.A. in English, cum laude
Dean's List all semesters
Kappa Gamma Pi
Lambda Iota Tau English and Foreign Languages Honor Society
Immaculata Honor Society
Delta Epsilon Sigma

University of Wales, Aberystwyth--1990
Welsh Studies

  • National Welsh American Foundation Exchange Scholar (1989-90)
  • Winner of Poetry Chair, Learners' Eisteddfod
  • Winner, Group Recitation Competition, All-College Eisteddfod, Cardiff
  • Semi-finalist in Southwestern District for Learner of the Year National Competition, Welsh Learners' Council, Cardiff

Cwrs Cymraeg Kenosha, Kenosha, WI--1988
Welsh course sponsored by Cymdeithas Madoc
Level 2 Advanced Learners' Certificate, department of Welsh education for Adults, Cardiff

Professional Development

Growing as an artist and as an artist who participates in the education of others is important to me. I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge and to grow.

In the last year, I’ve participated in: the Governor’s Institute for Arts Educators where the focus was on the use of traditional and contemporary technologies as the text for learning; the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Conference; a New Poems workshop with Sharon Olds at Omega Institute;the Bardic Tradition workshop with Robin Williamson at the Omega Institute and"eMerging onto the Touring Highway," a series of workshops co-sponsored by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation as well as programs with the University of Pennsylvania’s Community Arts Residencies co-sponsored with the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Patchwork StorytellingGuild’s Fall 1999 Coaching Workshop with Doug Lipman.

Since acceptance to both the Pennsylvania (1994) and Delaware AIE Rosters (1986), I have attended as many Artist Retreats, conferences and seminars as I could. Other professional development over the years includes programs on poetry, mythology ,storytelling, educational theory & practice, and Welsh culture through events such as The Great Mother and New Father Conference, The Dodge Poetry Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s “Early Learning Through the Arts” NJ Wolf Trap Program and many other places where I’ve learned so much.

Finally, some of the most valuable learning I've been blessed to experience has been informal -- collecting stories from friends and chance meetings while traveling and networking with other poets and storytellers in "yn yr hen wlad". Thank you to all the teachers who have so generously contributed to my growth as an artist and human being."


  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts AIE Roster Artist (poet and storyteller)
  • Delaware Division of the Arts AIE Program (poet-presentation and educational resource artist)
  • Patchwork Storytelling Guild, Philadelphia Region
  • Poets and Writers, NY State Council on the Arts
  • North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History
  • National Welsh American Foundation Board of directors
  • Twm Sion Cati Welsh Education, Legal Defense and Development Fund Advisory Board
  • CYD (Council of Learners), Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society), Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association
  • Wales-North America Chamber of Commerce

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