Alma N. Chavarria
Houston, TX 77009
I hail from Laredo, Texas, a city on the Texas/Mexican
border. I am the oldest of six children and have lived in the Houston area for
fourteen years, ever since I traveled to The University of Houstonís Central
Campus to study art. I met my partner there, at the senior dorms and, aside from
a two year hiatus, have never left. I like my city a great deal.
I have been an artist, a teacher, and a storyteller in that
order. Right now I believe Iím doing all three. I have been a library assistant
with the Houston Public Library System for two and a half years and get to draw,
tell stories, and help kids all at the same place! This really works for me.
When I am not studying for my courses my interests revolve
mostly around media and literature. I read voraciously, watch movies,
television, read online fiction, and write fiction. I also spend time conversing
with my friends online. I talk to people all over the fifty states as well as
Sweden, England, Australia and Asia!
M.S. Library and Information Science
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Candidate for graduation
Graduate School of Library and Information
In addition to completing a Graduate Academic Certificate
in Youth Services from the University of North Texas and studying for my Masters
at UNT I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Houston and a
varied and interesting career at a couple of community colleges before then.
My storytelling career actually
began when I was a child and would entertain my sisters with elaborate stories
about ourselves and our favorite rock idols. Our parents insisted on an early
bedtime and with the three of us crammed in one small room I would spin my tales
until we got sleepy. I moved on to writing down my Ďstoriesí and had already been addicted to
storytelling through my love of books, which my dad unknowingly fostered by his
love of pulp fiction and spy novels which he left everywhere for my twelve year
old self to explore. The kind of stories I like to tell these days has evolved
but I find myself drawn to pourqoi tales and tales with repetition. These are
always a hit with the kids!
storytelling has been in my life forever through the novels I read, the
television shows I saw, and the movies that fascinated me. Now, though, I am the one weaving the tales.