From ancient history to near-modern times, this collection of short stories and poetry is about fascinating people in history who followed their dreams and changed the world. The repertoire was developed in performance in clubs, schools, libraries, jazz festivals and at the International Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Included are stories about Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Josephine Baker, Queen Boedicea, Sacajawea and more.
Described as "a hip beatnick Sesame Street for grownups," the stories are engaging for middle schoolers and up, and would appeal to teachers and librarians for their educational and entertainment value. The collection would also lend itself to adaptation for an educational animated TV series.
Martha would like to see the life of this repertoire of biographical stories be extended to other mediums through licensing and permissions opportunities.
For a more detailed description please see the Supporting Information PDF.
The author is a performance artist.
Recordings of some of the stories and poetry have been released nationally and internationally
The author maintains a social media platform.
For more detailed marketing information please refer to the Supporting Document PDF
"Martha Cinader has the rare ability and talent to bring ancient tales to life for contemporary readers and audiences. If history classes had been this witty and bright, I would have paid more attention."
- Merlin Stone, author of When God Was a Woman and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood
"Cinader's use of language is so seductive and her rhythmic, rapping voice so caressing, that you really don't want her to stop." - Catherine Fellows, The Scotsman
"...a hip beatnick Sesame Street for grown-ups." - Neil Cooper, The List
Martha Cinader is a published writer and recording artist. She was the creator of the long running performance series Listen & Be Heard in New York City, that spawned an award winning arts weekly and poetry cafe by the same name when she moved to the bay area of California.
Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.