At The Yarn, we believe in the power of story to break down barriers, gain greater understanding of our neighbors and change hearts and minds.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yvonne grew up in rural Wisconsin. She is the third of four children; her older brother and sister were adopted domestically, and she and her younger brother were adopted from Korea. After college, Yvonne and herhusband Eric moved to Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, and Eric earned his PhD in Political Science at CU Boulder. Yvonne and Eric, a professor at UALR, will celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary this month. They are the proud parents of two boys, Matthew and Samuel, both of whom were also adopted from Korea.Volunteering is important to Yvonne. She teaches at her adoption agency’sKorean culture camp each summer, and volunteers at Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County and Heifer International. Yvonne and her family moved to Arkansas in 2013. They love to travel and havevisited destinations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa together. They are hoping to spend several weeks in Korea this summer, which will be their sons’ first visit.
David Goble is the “first-adopted” son of Mark and Maggie Goble. He is one of four children the couple adopted. He is not currently in reunion with his birth parent but has expressed interest in the matter. He works as the facilities manager at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre during the day and is an actor and comedian at night.
Robyn D. Rektor enjoys collecting life experiences and sharing them, both literally and metaphorically. She has spent most of her life in central Arkansas, sans a few years traveling and living on the East Coast. She loves reading, learning, and volunteering. She is a writer, editor, and teacher. She loves writing for the magic of turning a blank page into a story. She likes to travel near and far and as often as possible. Her last escapade was a summer sojourn to Montreal highlighted by crepes, the International Jazz Fest, and art museums. Her days are filled with editing duties at an ad agency and her evenings are constrained with trying to wrangle a 13-year-old boy and his arsenal of dirty socks that end up in every corner of the house. She is currently in love with clementines, an InstantPot, and fried rice from Wasabi.
Whitley and Melody Small are sisters by adoption and best friends by choice. Whitley is 16 years old and enjoys singing, playing the piano, photography, and aerial arts. She is in the advanced choir at her school and hopes to continue her voice training in college. Melody turns 13 later this month. She has a passion for acting and has been in many productions across Central Arkansas. Most recently she was in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" program as a featured soloist. No stranger to The Rep, Melody played Helen in A Christmas Story in December 2016 and attended two Summer at the Rep programs. Both girls enjoy voice lessons with Angela Collier and singing together in their spare time. They'd like to thank Anna Kimmell for inviting them to share their "sister story!"
Guy Choate earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of New Orleans. He is an Army veteran, having served the country in Bosnia as a NATO peacekeeper and military journalist. His recent essays have appeared in Arkansas Life, Cream City Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among other literary journals. Guy is the founder and director of the Argenta Reading Series in North Little Rock, where he lives with his wife, Liz, and their son, Gus, to whom Guy addresses his photo-a-day blog, which you can follow at www.getoutofthisplace.tumblr.com.
Hal Wofford Hutchison is a former journalist and teacher who grew up in Brinkley, Arkansas, near the Mississippi Delta region. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1983, she worked as a journalist and editor at the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Gazette newspapers. When the Arkansas Gazette closed in 1991, she returned to school for a master’s degree in education and taught school in Brinkley before becoming a Student Development Specialist and assistant to the dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She left the University in 2009 when she and her husband adopted a child from Ethiopia. She is now a full-time mother who writes about motherhood and posts selected pieces on her website, www.LastTrainToMotherhood.com. She lives in Little Rock with her husband of 23 years and their 10-year-old daughter.