Cuentos contains first drafts of short fiction, poetry, and unfinished improvisational works. With one exception, all written material in Cuentos is copyright Teresa Ybarra Phillips and may be used only by permission.

About me:

I grew up in Southern California, got my undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and graduate degree at the University of New Mexico.

I have worked in advertising, publishing, the performing arts, as an educator, and as a speech therapist. Currently I teach creative writing and yoga, in addition to home-based therapy with toddlers and their families.

I’ve written quite a bit, you can look around in this blog, let me know what you think. I stopped a few years ago and kind of misplaced my voice. I’m either sluggish or resistant about submitting, but have published here and there. There was a time in which most of what I wrote went directly on stage, produced with dance and in multi-media format. That was fun.

I’ll figure out what I’m doing next and then we can talk.


19 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Edward O October 16, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Do I know you? Maybe from long ago? Perhaps from the days of the anorexic drama queens? The name and writing style are familiar.

  2. 2 Teresa October 17, 2006 at 7:09 am

    Hey, Odwode — how the heck are you?

  3. 3 Edward O October 17, 2006 at 9:57 am

    I am well. How be you? Send me an email.

  4. 4 Teresa October 17, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Your address does not appear ?

  5. 6 Mally October 14, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I know the former Amish Teresa XOXOXO – she goes by Sicily Yoder now- she hosts 3 televsion shows in Canada and is really a diva.

  6. 7 Teresa October 17, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, thanks, I didn’t actually know that. Sicily Yoder. What an inventive new name. I’m going to go look her up.

  7. 8 Teresa October 17, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    So, um, Mally, how do you know this Canadian diva? Is it very Quakerly to describe oneself as a celebrity? What is the difference between Amish and Quaker? Just curious . . . .

  8. 9 Francine McKenna March 28, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Hi, I linked to your site for that wonderful picture of the elephant in the living room. I hope you don’t mind. My blog will bring an interesting new variety of readers to yours!


    Francine McKenna

  9. 10 Teresa March 28, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Glad you found the picture helpful – I haven’t got the slightest recollection where I found it myself, although I do remember that it was in many places without attribution. I took a quick trip to your site, and you’re right, quite a new variety of readers! For a peak at a free-write sound poem (improvisational, no editing), which somehow blends business, accounting and linguistics, see Accounting. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. 11 JO October 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Always, always good to check into your site again and feel a connection……seems not so long ago we gathered for writing group on thursday nights!! Miss you, miss writing……..sigh. Jo

  11. 12 Teresa October 25, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Jo, how are you? We miss you too. Group is on Mondays now, going well. Come use the site for writing prompts if you like – that would be great. I believe I will start publishing our word prompt explorations once in a while. I’ll e-mail you personally here in a bit. Abrazos!

  12. 13 JO November 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Teresa… email me; really missing you guys! and writing……eeeeeee!!! I am so caught up in my work, it’s not a healthy balance. Still haven’t found my social footing here…will I? Sigh. And, of course, missing NM tho I will be out there for my mum’s 90th bd party next weekend….a quick spin. Let me hear from you! J

  13. 14 Cheryl October 10, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I found your blog while googling for rainbows. I am a quilter and lecture and teach workshops. One of the workshops is about printing on fabric. I would like permission to use that awesome molten rainbow that is on your blog to print on fabric and show the varying qualities of different inks and fabrics. Thanks.

  14. 15 Teresa October 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Cheryl – Thank you for your interest in the image shown here. I found it without attribution somewhere, so cannot technically give you permission to use it. It is a lovely image; if I turn up the source information, I will send it on to you.

  15. 16 nourricriture April 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Wow Teresa.
    I love your blog, your stories, and photos, your way.

    I’m going to spend more time here looking and reading but would also love to hear more about how this blogging thing has worked for you?

    I’m a poet and wanting to get my work out in the world but feeling, t-e-r-r-i-f-i-e-d by the actual thought of going public.


  16. 17 Teresa April 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Julie — Welcome to wordpress and to this new adventure.

    Putting your poetry online feels different, even if the only person who ever reads it is your favorite auntie. For me, putting words on wordpress reminds me to edit. The stats and comments give me feedback and help me work harder here and there. The tags feature has helped me see what I write about. The on-line community helps me see myself in context.

    I see that you’ve only just started. Keep in mind that you can easily delete or edit. Use your tags!! They are important for helping readers find you.

    That’s all. I feel like an old salt, offering up advice.


  17. 18 Julie Cade June 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Am interested in attending the weekly group—can you please provide details?



  18. 19 Teresa June 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hi Julie – we meet every Monday at 7 p.m. for about two hours. Give me a call and I’ll send you my address. I’m in Corrales

    Thanks for your interest, hope to see you soon.


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