Testimonials for Michele Carlo


"When teenagers refuse to put a book down, you know one of two things: they've been forbidden from reading it...or they see themselves in its pages. Fish Out Of Agua is definitely the second. It has been a huge hit on our high school campus and has started many important conversations about identity amongst not only our students but our staff as well. Thanks so much for sharing it with us."  

—Kelli Dunham, Brooklyn Generation School, NYC



"Michele Carlo was the perfect guest at the Women’s Center at Brooklyn College. After her animated reading of portions from her book Fish Out Of Agua, she answered questions and spoke with students about her career path as a writer/performer and experiences growing up in New York City.  We were extremely pleased with this event and the comfortable, informal way she interacted with our students." 

—Nava Renek, Women's Center Program Coordinator, Brooklyn College, NYC



"I have been using Michele Carlo’s book, Fish Out of Agua for several years now as a part of my curriculum on contemporary Latina writers in an all-girls’ high school and to see students argue about who gets to read it (based solely on my description) is inspiring. Michele connects with young readers in a way that is not patronizing or cheesy but is truly authentic. She makes her personal perspectives (on bridging cultures, not fitting in and making dreams happen) relevant in a time when screens are the first to grab our students’ attention. Now, with the audio versions of these stories, I’ve incorporated some of those themes for discussion in class. Michele’s powerful storytelling talent, her humor and her perspective is definitely a bicultural jonrón. Pa’lante". 

—William Brown, Language Department, Institute of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD


In August 2015 Michele Carlo co-presented a workshop on "Collaboration and the Arts" for our youth (15-22) program called JUST Arts Lab at Columbia University. Our students were working in teams to create short films and arts projects about social issues of their choice. She eloquently—and relateably—conveyed her own experiences as a collaborative artist and provided spot-on feedback, advice and encouragement to help inspire, motivate and move our students and their projects forward. Michele would be a welcome, entertaining and informative presenter for any youth program. 

- Tammy Arnstein, Center for Institutional & Social Change


"Michele Carlo is a genuinely talented performer and gifted writer. I have seen her translate those artistic gifts into deep and transformative connections with students. Because she is real, her compassion, insight and humor make her an excellent teacher and leader.  When Michele worked with us at Title 1 High Schools, students responded to her as an artist, as an inspiration and above all—as a real human being.” 

—Norah Dooley, Co-Founder/former Director, MassMouth Inc., Boston, MA