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Marilyn Torres

Adjunct Faculty

Current Classes

EDU294 - Multicultural Folktales
HUM214 - African-Americans in Film
HUM292 - The Art of Storytelling
STO100AA - How To Tell Traditional Stories
STO289AA - Using Storytelling In Educational Settings
STO294 - Multicultural Folktales
STO295 - Traditional Storytelling Around the World


Marilyn Torres, the West Winds Storyteller is the an ordained West African traditional storyteller of over 30 years and received two chieftaincies on August 3, 1984 in the Village of Imota West Africa, Nigeria as a descendent of the "children of slavery from the island of Puerto Rico." Marilyn was given a naming ceremony and renamed “Omifunke” in honor of her return to her ancestral land of Africa. Marilyn was born in New York State and raised on both the island of Puerto Rico and New York City. Marilyn moved to the Northwest region of the United States in 1995 and migrated to the Southwest in 2000.   Marilyn is a multilingual storyteller, educator, artist and human development trainer. Marilyn is dedicated to incorporating storytelling into all forms of academic achievement, literacy and college bound leadership among youth. Marilyn leads seminars on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey blending the world of traditional stories into literary form and academic achievement. She facilitates an afterschool College Bound Youth Storytelling Program for the Storytelling Institute and is collaborating on a project called IYAS – an International Youth Ambassadors Storytelling initiative that begins in the summer of 2011.   Marilyn is the new Arizona State Liaison Representative for the National Storytelling Network and will soon host an online radio music, storytelling and spoken word show called, Women’s Ways of knowing, singing, and telling on


  • B.S. John Jay College of Criminal Justice – The City University of New York,
  • Behavioral Sciences – Anthropology
  • M.S. The New School – Milano Graduate School of Management, Nonprofit Management


Traditional oral storytelling traditions, archetypal psychology, myths, mask making art form, travel, and historical adventure novels. She is currently working on her own novel, The Raven and the Rose: in the Spirit of Sacagawea


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