Edith Ruth Tarbescu
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Edith Tarbescu is the author of 4 children's books and she hopes to soon launch two new books.. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, with a B.A. in Communications. At Yale Drama School, where she did post graduate work toward an M.F. A, Edith was awarded the Eugene O'Neill Scholarship both years. At Yale she studied playwriting as well as acted in stage productions.
Edith's plays have been performed in various regional theatres around the country and in New York City. She has written 9 scripts for plays or film and contributed items to Connecticut Magazine, The Hartford Current, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, New York Newsday, and The Writer Magazine.
A native New Yorker, Edith was born in Brooklyn, later moved to Connecticut and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Edith Tarbescu has a theatre background, as an actress and playwright, and loves interacting with students.
For "Annushka's Voyage," (grades 3-5), Ms. Tarbescu shows enlarged vintage photographs of immigrants traveling in steerage, as well as old photos showing life on the Lower East Side of N.Y. at the turn of the 20th century.
For her book "The Crow," a non-fiction book for 9-12 yr. olds about the Crow Nation of Montana, she shows enlarged photographs she took during the annual Crow Fair (Pow-Wow). She also shows students rawhide as well as tanned hide and talks about life on the reservation today.
She is comfortable speaking to adults as well as children.
A day of presentations is $400.for local schools. Half day is $200.
Depending on distance, the fee goes up, plus travel expenses, if necessary.
Budget negotiations can be discussed.
Edith has given many successful presentations including:
|AJL Conference, Scottsdale, AZ||Solomon Schechter School, Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Double Eagle Elem. Sch.-- Albuquerque, N.M.||North Star Elem. Sch.-- Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Miles Ave. Elem. School--Billings, MT||Placitas Elem. School--Placitas, N.M.|
|Double Eagle Elem. School -- Billings, MT||Loma Portal Elem. School --San Diego, CA|
|Washington Elem. Sch.--Prescott, AZ||Sacred Heart Elem. Sch--Farmington, N.M.|
|Amelia Island Book Festival--Amelia Island, FL||So. KY Book Festival - Bowling Green, KY|
|Los Ranchos Elem. School--Albuquerque, N.M.||Corrales Elementary School--Corrales, N.M.|
|The Brooklyn Museum of Art||The San Antonio Jewish Community Center|
|The Cleveland Jewish Community Center||The Cherry Hill, New Jersey JCC|
|Zia Elementary School, (in Albuquerque)||Main Branch of the Albuquerque Public Library|
|Congregation Albert (Albuquerque)||Project Dream, in New Haven, CT|
|The Madison Library, (Madison, CT)||CT Reading Association, Waterbury, CT|
|Walnut Creek JCC||Eldorado H.S., Albuquerque|
|Costa Mesa JCC||Border Book Festival - Las Cruces, N.M.|
|Festival of the Book - Santa Fe||Portland, OR JCC|
|Star-Lit Book Festival, Dallas, TX.||Solomon Schechter Hebrew School, Dallas, TX.|
She also did a book signing, which was taped by C-SPAN for their show Book T.V. The tape is available through C-SPAN.
Edith visited two boarding schools in Belfast, Ireland during April 2003. She would love to do more international school visits. Her motto is "Have books, will travel."
Comments on Edith's Presentations
Atlantic Elementary students were delighted to share Edith Tarbescu's talents. Ms. Tarbescu's visit during Book Island Festival was educational and entertaining. The kids loved her stories! Judy McAlear, Fernandina Beach, FL|
Edie Tarbescu is a delight to work with and she is also a living example of SouthWest Writers Mission: "Using outreach, education and networking, SWW encourages, supports and inspires all people to express themselves creatively through the written word." You are a lucky soul to know and work with Edie Tarbescu. Cheri Eicher, Independent Means (former President of the SW Writers group)
We were so honored to have Edith Tarbescu at the inaugural StarLit Children's Literary Event in Dallas, Texas!! Edith entertained children and adults alike, and her books were a terrific hit in our bookstore!! I found Edith to be as warm and wonderful as her writings! Thank you, Edith, for being a shining star at StarLit! Candace Winslow, Chair Star-Lit Children's Literary Festival
A group of kindergartners were enthralled with her telling and acting out of "The Boy Who Stuck Out His Tongue." Our 1st - 3rd graders heard about "Annushka's Voyage." She brought photos of immigrant ships, Ellis Island and families who lived in New York's lower East Side. The children got a real understanding of what life was like for the immigrants. Susan Dubin, Day School Library Consultant, Valley Beth Shalom Day School, Encino, California