A STORYTELLER, TEACHER ARTIST, PODCASTER AND AUTHOR
2022 ALTERNATE ROOTS Professional Development Grant Recipient
2021 PRX - GOOGLE PODCAST CREATOR Program - Tres Cuentos
2018-2022 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist
2019 NALAC Grant Fund for the Arts Program Grant Recipient
2019 ALTERNATE ROOTS Project Development Grant Recipient
2016 J.J. RENEAUX Emerging Artist Grant Recipient
2015 and 2016 Recipient of a START PLACE grant by
2013-2014 The City of San Antonio,
Department for Culture and Creative Development
Outstanding performance, ETSU Storytelling Program.
Did you know...
I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia.
My first name is pronounced: KA -ROW -LEE - NA
And my last name is pronounced: KEY-ROW-GA
I love making puppets!
I produce a bilingual program called Tres Cuentos Literary podcast, dedicated to the literature of Spanish and Latino descendants.
In case you need a headshot and a short bio...
I am a bilingual storyteller, performer, podcaster, and author born and raised in Cali, Colombia (South America). I graduated in 2013 with a master's in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.
My repertoire of bilingual stories explores the Myths, Legends, Folktales, Historical Narratives, and literature of Latin America and Hispanic cultures.
I have performed at several festivals, conferences, and venues in Texas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Minnesota, Colorado, Utah, and Kansas City.
I have told stories at numerous schools, libraries, universities, and colleges to diverse audiences.
How I became a storyteller
My love for stories began early on in life. My mother says she lost me in the supermarket when I was three years old. Frantically she looked for me to no avail. No one seemed to have seen a chubby girl with two high ponytails. Even the security guard assured her that no little girl had walked out the doors, not on his watch!
This was a parent's worst nightmare. After a while, my mother spied two plumb little legs stretching out from a clothing rack full of dresses. Those were her daughter's legs! With mixed emotions and relief, my mom walked towards the dresses that served as curtains.
As she approached, she heard a little voice. Who is my daughter talking to? My mom wondered, as she uncovered what was behind. To her surprise, there I was, reading a children's book aloud. I was enthralled by it…perhaps because it was upside down!
Since then, my favorite gifts were books, and my mom knew how to surprise me with them. Between you and me, she thought it was the best way to keep me from sneaking around! There are plenty of more anecdotes that recount my love for listening and telling stories that you will find scattered through as you browse my website.
I have organized and produced cultural events in Texas, such as Las Animas de Los Muertos Storytelling Performance, a Day of the Dead Celebration of Stories in November 2015. The show was possible through a grant from the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development.
During the summer of 2016, I produced my second performance in San Antonio, called Curanderiando: Tales of Healing. The show was funded again from a grant from the City of San Antonio.
On April 2017, with San Antonio Storytellers, and through a grant from the City of San Antonio, we produced the Día de Los Niños y Niñas: Stories From All Around The World, A multicultural and Multilingual Storytelling Event.
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