Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Essay Fiesta!

  • The Book Cellar

I'm returning to one of my favorite shows to read a new piece...if I can write one in time! This event is held at a cool indie bookstore that serves booze! Learnmore about Essay Fiesta HERE.

May
22
7:00 pm19:00

Sunday Salon

  • Riverview Tavern

I'm challenging myself to write something new for this lovely reading series that happens every other month at the Riverview Tavern. Learn more about Sunday Salon!

Nov
3
7:30 pm19:30

Tuesday Funk

  • Hopleaf

The good people of Tuesday Funk have asked me to read my stuff at their November show. The Funk is a delightful series hosted by Andrew Huff & Eden Robins and held at an awesome drinking establishment that's within walking distance of my place of work. So, done!

Apr
18
6:30 pm18:30

Chicago 20x2

Every once in a while, I agree to do something that scares the crap out of me. Agreeing to perform in this year's Chicago 20x2 is definitely one of those things. The show consists of 20 Chicagoans answering the same question. The twist is that each performer only has 20 minutes. This year, the question is "What's next?" When it comes to storytelling, brevity has never been my thing. Let's see how this goes. Learn more about the show HERE.

Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Truth or Lie Reading

  • Firecat

Will I try my hand at fiction--for the first time ever--or stick to the trusty truth. Learn more about this series, hosted by Sarah Terez Rosenblum HERE.

Feb
8
7:30 pm19:30

That's All She Wrote

  • Great Lakes Tattoo

This show just became more of a badass by moving to Great Lakes Tattoo and adding the always appreciated BYOB feature.

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Essay Fiesta

  • The Book Cellar

Who can resist a "fiesta"? I'm looking forward to making my debut at this writerly reading series hosted by Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast. Check out their website to learn more. 

Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Loose Chicks

  • Uncharted Books

This woman-centered reading series is loads of fun--even more so because it's BYOB!

Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Story Sessions

  • The City Winery

Valentine's Day can only be celebrated one way: with Andrew Marikis and I sharing our deepest secrets about our initial meeting and the tumultuous, ultimately redemptive, aftermath. Check out this fabulous show, produced by Jill Howe and Rachael Smith, and hosted by Deanna Moffitt at Story Sessions

Feb
6
7:30 pm19:30

Story Club North Side

  • The Holiday Club

In honor of Valentine's Day, actor, writer, and love of my life, Andrew Marikis and I will be reprising the tandem story that details what happened between when we first met and when we fell in love--a period we refer to as "The Before Times."

Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

Story Club North Side

  • The Holiday Club

I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that Story Club founder Dana Norris changed my life. When she invited me to her show three years ago, I sat comfortably in the back of the room, watching as performer after performer shared true stories from their actual lives. Back then, there was not a single shred of me that wanted to get up there with them. I believed that the only habitat for my writing was on the page. Dana (along with a few other friends) convinced me that not only could my essays live aloud, they needed to. That's why I'm thrilled to be in the November line-up of Story Club, where the theme, appropriately, is "THANKS."

Be sure to check out Story Club's new website and see how this once tiny show is now reaching across the US, with satellite shows in Minneapolis, Boston, and on the Southside of Chicago.  

 

Oct
13
8:00 pm20:00

That's All She Wrote

  • Swim Cafe

I'll be performing at THE ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA hosted by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. This lovely dose of  Live Lit is a two-fer: FREE and BYOB! 

Sarah Performing at Guts & Glory. Photo by Monte LeMonte

Sarah Performing at Guts & Glory. Photo by Monte LeMonte

Sep
17
7:30 pm19:30

Story Club South Side

  • Co-Prosperity Sphere

For this high-octane storytelling show, I will be collaborating with actor, writer, and love of my life, Andrew Marikis. We will be tandem-telling a sordid tale that chronicles the first months of our relationship, a period that we refer to as "The Before Times."  

Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted

  • Powell's Books

I'm honored and terrified to be participating in one of the most cringe-inducing, hilarious, and brave storytelling events in Chicago. I'll be reading a very intimate essay concerning my history with kissing.  Donations benefit PAWS Chicago and 826CHI. It's Free. It's BYOB. There is nothing not to love.

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May
22
6:30 pm18:30

The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know, a staged reading

  • Raven Theatre

As a prelude to Todd Bauer's staged reading of The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know, I'll be sharing a short essay grappling with issues of gaze as it relates to invisible vs. visible disability. I'll also serve as a panelist during the post-show talkback

May
19
1:30 pm13:30

The Body Uncommon, Bodies of Work Festival

  • Woman Made Gallery

Part of the annual Bodies of Work Fesitval, this event will feature women poets and writers exploring the theme of "Uncommon Bodies." I will be sharing an essay about the often disorienting relationship between physical disability and magical thinking.

Check out the other amazing works being presented throughout the festival here!