The Yarn uses the power of story to amplify voices, build understanding, and create space for human connection.
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
Yvonne Wiebelhaus-Brahm was born in Seoul, South Korea, and 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 her husband Eric moved to Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Denver College of Law. Yvonne and Eric are the proud parents of two boys, Matthew and Samuel, both of whom were also adopted from Korea. Each summer, Yvonne volunteers as a teacher at Korea Camp, a three day culture camp for adoptees organized by Dillon International. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and traveling. Yvonne and her family moved to Arkansas in 2013. They are hoping to spend a month in Korea this summer, which will be their sons’ first visit to Korea.
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!"
Katie currently a first-year student at the Clinton School of Public Service. She is a Kansas native but also spent time in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Little Rock last year. Katie is passionate about community development, social justice, and education equity – particularly arts education for youth. Her hobbies include playing music, cheap travel, and thrift store shopping. Katie loves to learn about other people and hear their stories and she hopes that her story will be enlightening to you.
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.
Benjamin Bauman. I was born in Jenkintown, PA, a small town right outside of Philadelphia. There were only twenty-eight kids in my high school graduating class and it was a wonderful place to grow up. I studied acting at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY and, after graduating, I moved to New York City where I currently live with my cat, Nacho.