Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Amy Pengra Button
Dashing through an airport, Amy Pengra Button received the worst news imaginable: the untimely death of her brother, Moss. Missing his presence, she makes a bold choice in dealing with her grief. On Friday, November 3, in “Jump Off A Cliff,” Amy takes the Oral Fixation audience on that journey with her.
Amy Pengra Button’s stories have appeared in Marie Claire and the Los Angeles Times among others. After nine years with Warner Bros. in LA, she returned to Texas to be closer to family and queso. She writes for Freeman, an event experience company, and holds degrees from USC and TCU.
What would you name the autobiography of your life? Better Late Than Never
What is your favorite smell? Libraries.
What’s your favorite word? Use it in a sentence. Loquacious. “Amy is very loquacious during class.” – actual quote on my report card from 9th grade English. Thank you, Mrs. Frame.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Oprah! Why? Because she’s OOOOPRAAAAHHH! *jumps on couch* I’ve admired her since I was a kid and even wrote a paper about her in college.
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Lisa Simpson. I love that she’s smart, funny, and sassy. Plus, she plays the sax!
What is your favorite Dallas hangout? The Katy Trail.
Share anything fun, silly, or unique about yourself. When I was around 4, I took my brother’s tape recorder and taped myself doing variety shows. I invented characters who I interviewed and some spoke made-up languages. As a skilled interviewer, I also offered translation! Many of the words and phrases remain in our family lexicon. Ki, leebie con neeses!
Sneak peak: “Moss was the bonus sibling I gained the summer I turned six, when his dad and my mom Brady-Bunched our families into one. The first night we met, Moss looked at my mom, brother, and me and said, ‘How come they all wear glasses?’ We were nerds; they were jocks.”