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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:


Curated by Tony Paniagua

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Screening Room,

127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8

From traffic lights to people's rights, some rules are made that some will break or bend or skirt or follow.

For there may be feelings they are good or bad or strange or hollow.

Laws to live by, what not to wear, or things we really ought to say

Sensible steps, righteous behavior, proper manners night or day.

Regardless where one stands on all the policies and orders,  this much is true...

we all face rules including you.

Storytellers: Author, David Ellis Dickerson; visual artist, Heather Gray; elementary school teacher, Karla Campillo-Soto; journalist, Maria Inés Taracena; and reporter/producer, Pam White.

Storyteller Bios: 

Recently returned Tucson native David Ellis Dickerson is an author, storyteller, and former greeting card writer who is a regular contributor to public radio's "This American Life," where he usually tells stories about his fundamentalist Christian upbringing. As the host of the YouTube channel "Greeting Card Emergency," he has also become the unofficial greeting card laureate of public radio, with interviews on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, Studio 360 and other shows. His greeting card memoir, "House of Cards," was published by Riverhead in 2009. A volunteer docent at the U of A Poetry Center, David currently writes, teaches, and looks under sofa cushions for spare change.

Heather Gray is a new media and visual artist. She uses video and performance to create live, collaborative and socially engaged art projects exhibited primarily in the U.S. and Mexico. She received a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Studio Art and Spanish. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, a new research center at the UofA that supports interdisciplinary work in the arts, social sciences and humanities. She also produced content producer at Arizona Public media for TV, radio and web. She also organizes art festivals, video screenings, and events.

Born in Mexico in 1973, Karla Campillo-Soto came to the United States in her early twenties and is currently living in Douglas, Arizona. She became an elementary school teacher 16 years ago, a profession she still loves to this day. Karla’s passion for storytelling is a recent discovery. She had the great opportunity to listen to a nationally-recognized storyteller who came to her school...and it was love at first sound!  This is Karla’s second time on stage as part of Odyssey Storytelling. Her previous story addressed the lessons she learned from her father about how true love can survive everything….including an ugly pair of tighty whities!

Maria Inés Taracena is a journalist who hails  from Guatemala City. She’s lived in the United States for nearly 13 years but still says she doesn’t speak English very well to get out of uncomfortable situations and justify the offensive comments that come out of her mouth. As a rookie staff writer for the Tucson Weekly, she covers immigration, LGBT issues, education and ganja. Before landing at the Weekly, she worked as a web editor and reporter at Arizona Pubic Media, the NPR/PBS affiliates in Tucson. Aside from writing, taking photos, and traveling, her favorite activity is day drinking, followed by day drinking and sprinkled with day drinking.

Pam White is originally from “the mistake by the lake" Cleveland, Ohio which is fortunately, a much cleaner place today. A reporter/producer for KUAT-TV for more than two decades,  she covered everything from Barbara Kingsolver's debut novel to genetically-altered mosquitoes to prevent malaria. She has a wonderful son she taught to gamble at the race track when he was just a kid. An avid equestrienne, Pam has loved horses since she was a little girl and even tried to take a pony up to to her room when no one was home but it got stuck in the stairwell. Pam’s significant other is an Australian Shepherd/Healer mix, “Miley." She compares her life to "The Perils of Pauline” and has had all sorts of harrowing and adventurous experiences without necessarily looking for them!

Curator Bio:

Tony Paniagua ("bread and water, penny ago, café con leche") has been a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, allowing him to disseminate thousands of reports from countless locations. Born in Colombia (not Columbia, SC or another Columbia) his parents moved to New York City when he was eight years old although he has also lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Texas and Germany. When not listening to other people’s stories, Tony likes to get close to nature in the great outdoors, swim or jog, read, listen to international music and eat foods from around the world, especially if there's beer or wine as an accompaniment.  This is the fourth time he curates and hosts an Odyssey show in recent years. In February 2015 Tony took to the stage  as one of the storytellers, sharing an account about a couple of rogue and eerie eyelashes that required medical attention.  (For Tony, not the eyelashes.)


Venue: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson.

            Parking information found here, and a map identifying downtown parking areas here.



We’ve chosen themes for 2015 to make it easier for future

storytellers to see where your favorite personal story will fit in.

Next Up

May 7, 2015: “Nemesis”

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, Tucson.

Do You have a story? Contact us!


Storytelling is a way to make connections with diverse and different people that you may not meet in your every day life. Because these stories are from our lives they may be amazing, messy, enlightening, disturbing, and entertaining . . . and more.


Six invited storytellers have ten minutes to talk about a specific theme. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller.

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