Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Emma Vrabel

High school is hard enough, but for 14-year-old Emma Vrabel, who has albinism, moving cross-country and starting at a new school meant self-advocating all over again. On Friday, November 3, Emma will step onto the Oral Fixation stage and bring us along with her on her odyssey of discovery.

Emma Vrabel is an avid reader, writer, listener, and performer. She first heard spoken word live about a year ago. Since then, performing and hearing spoken word stories and poetry has become one of the biggest elements of her life. Emma is a martial artist with two black belts. She lives in Keller and is a freshman in high school.

Fixated Facts:

What would you name the autobiography of your life? You Won’t See Her Coming. Neither Will She.

What is your favorite smell? The smell of trees after it rains.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Maya Angelou. She led such an amazing life, and her writing is unbelievable. Her poem, “Still I Rise” is taped on my bedroom door.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A civil-rights lawyer.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Ralph Wiggins from The Simpsons. (“Me fail English? That’s unpossible!” is my favorite quote.)

What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? Asking my family members what the worst mistake I ever made was.

Share anything fun, silly, or unique about yourself. I know everything there is to know about the can opener. This is not something that anyone should say.

Sneak peek: “That day was the first time I remember feeling truly different. The feeling that no one in my life would ever understand the helplessness that swallowed me whole vibrated through my entire body. Although I was surrounded by the entire fourth grade, I’d never felt so isolated.”

Don’t miss Emma on the Oral Fixation stage on Friday, November 3!


Nancy geisler

Wish I could be there to hear you, Emma! So proud of you!

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