Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Rooha Haghar

When Rooha Haghar was 12, her family—fleeing religious persecution in Iran—boarded a bus and left everything behind. On Tuesday night, December 19, come hear Rooha’s eye-opening tale of coming to America with only dreams and grit.

High school junior Rooha Haghar is a Vickery Meadow EAGLE Scholar who hopes to one day attend the University of California, Berkeley. An active artist and photographer, Rooha was instrumental in seeing Dallas’ #EducationIsNotACrime public mural become a reality—and her “Humans of Vickery Meadow” project was recently featured at Love Field Airport.

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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.

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“Outside The Box” featuring April Swartz-Larson

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: April Swartz-Larson

In the Dallas suburb of McKinney, it is definitely an outside-the-box idea to crown an openly gay student as homecoming queen. April Swartz-Larson’s coronation thrust her into the public eye, and the media has peppered her with questions about what it feels  like to be Texas’ Gay Homecoming Queen. On the Oral Fixation stage, however, April was able to tell her story in her own words for the first time.

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“Ducks in a Row” featuring Joel Page

Theme: “Ducks in a Row”
Storyteller: Joel Page

Joel Page witnesses the slow and painful downfall of a group of former debate kids.

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“Playing the Field” featuring Caryn Jendro

Theme: “Playing the Field”
Storyteller: Caryn Jendro

Caryn Jendro weaves her way through from her awkward teen years into coming into her own in the world of dating.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Renee Rossi


The bold and brave Detroit native is set to take us back to her Michigan school days, and we are excited!

Renée Rossi is forever grateful to America’s third world city, Detroit, for making every other place in the world seem appealing.  She writes poetry, creates visual art and is a student of Ayurveda.  She is trained as an ENT doctor and holds an MFA in creative writing. Read more

Our Current Fix: Story Swap


“Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”

This quote comes from one of our favorite stories: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. These words came to mind upon our discovery of a super cool project out of Aspen, Colorado called Story Swap. Imagine a program that promotes the proverbial walking in another man’s shoes through storytelling and visual art.

What is Story Swap?

Brought to us by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Story Swap is an innovative educational program that uses storytelling, creative writing, and the visual arts to generate understanding between various groups of diverse individuals.

Each participant is asked to tell their partner an important story from their life that, in some way, represents who they are.  The partner is then asked to recreate the storyteller’s narrative and write the story as though it were their own.  In some incarnations of this program, there is a visual art aspect to the project, whereby the participants create a visual expression to accompany the story. By swapping stories, participants walk in one another’s shoes, therefore building compassion through authentic engagement with one another.

Check out some of the archived story swaps!

Though we haven’t seen record of any recent story swaps taking place, we hope that the project continues or that maybe you decide to do your own story swap! Think about it: you could do some form of this with your neighbor who you’ve always wanted to know more about, or a co-worker, a new friend or someone who frequents your favorite coffee shop. Stories are powerful, people and we would LOVE to hear about how you’re sharing them!

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