August 10 ~ Aesop's Storytime with author Kate Narita
I didn’t know I always wanted to be an author. True, I did take a creative writing class when I was seven at Governor’s State University, but it’s also true that a teacher kicked me out of her fifth grade writing class for creating something she didn't like.
Even though I had an amazing high school writing teacher, Mr. O’Keefe, who taught me the power of revision, I didn’t start writing creatively until I became a bilingual teacher. Since I couldn’t find the information I needed in Spanish, I wrote poems. You can sing the poem to the left to the tune of, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” and learn the names of oviparous animals in the process—if you speak Spanish that is!
Since there were books I wanted to read to my sons that didn’t exist, I began pursuing a professional writing career with the help of three fantastic mentors, April Jones Prince, Melissa Stewart, and Joan Duris. Fast forward through twelve years of critique groups, five years of Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conferences and two years earning an MFA from Simmons College, my writing caught the eye of my amazing agent, Stacey Kendall Glick.
For more about Kate, you can visit katenarita.com or follow her on