Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, writer and teaching artist, whose life work involves exploring, presenting, and honoring cultural connections. A member of Just Poets, her poem was featured in Le Mot Juste 2012. She has taught elementary, middle school, and high school teacher, and was a faculty member of SUNY Brockport’s Department of Theater. As Chair of ALLOFUS Art Workshop’s Dance Department, a community outreach program of Memorial Art Gallery and University of Rochester, she expanded a once weekly dance class of eight children to a full program serving over 450 children and adults. In 2000, National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded her “Most Skilled and Experienced Community Artist”-Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium. In 1993, she received from Governor Mario Cuomo the Decade of the Child Award for “her valuable sensitive work with the children and families of New York State”. Her first novel, Xeperu: The Dream Carriers will be released in 2013. She can be contacted at: Xeperu.wordpress.com.