Storytelling, like all art, like life, is an act of learning—of finding out. We are mistaken to assume that stories of transformation are only about transformation, mere illustrations. Instead, they are transformation itself, acts of practical alchemy, with the power to alter the reality of every receptive person they touch. (That’s why we must learn to recognize a hate-based tale in any garb, and admit that nothing holy feeds on pain.) As we live our stories and tell them, we learn what they are about … and they change … and they transform.”
—from our memoir/essay “A Mexico of the Mind” (anthologized in Solamente en San Miguel.)
I'm a writer and visual artist, the author of books and essays for both mainstream and educational publishers. My husband, Wim Coleman, and I often collaborate, and together we've written, edited, or contributed to some 65 publications. Earlier on, I spent...