Parts of Our Tree

We are a living entity made of parts and will continue to grow!

Jimmy Santiago Baca
​​Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Raised by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage, he became a runaway by age 13. It was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he made literacy his focus and learned to read and write. He continually uses his gift of writing and the power of words to help others. His many honors include the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and the prestigious International Award.
We are a living entity made of parts and will continue to grow!

​​Denise VanBriggle
​​Denise VanBriggle, literacy professional, teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project, and JourneyDance™ Facilitator, spends most days following her combined passions as she explores the power of the expressive arts to act as change agents, perspective shifters, and resilience builders in her own life and the lives of others. She currently serves as an official prison visitor and Co-convener of the Dauphin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and owns Cityscape Consulting, devoted to designing curriculum and programming to meet the unique needs of her clients. /

Kym Sheehan
​​Kym Sheehan is a secondary literacy specialist for a Florida school district, as well as a teacher-consultant with Tampa Bay Area Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project. She is also an independent literacy consultant at the local and national levels. Her passions for reading and writing fuel her craft and are embedded in her daily responsibilities. Most importantly, Kym believes in the power of literacy to save lives. Kym has served teachers as President of Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE 2011-2013) and is involved with the national group (NCTE) working with the anti-censorship committee. Throughout her life’s journey she continues to find ways to feed her passions and promote literacy.