Join us for the only Chicago event celebrating the essay collection NASTY WOMEN co-edited by Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay. For this event, Kate and Samhita will be joined by NASTY WOMEN contributors Samantha Irby and Sarah Hollenbeck along with very special guest Megan Stielstra. DJ MagRock from She's Crafty, Chicago's only all-female Beastie Boys tribute band, will be spinning tunes before the event and during the book-signing. Buy TICKETS HERE.
In celebration of Henry Darger’s 125th birthday, NON:op Open Opera Works, Bodies of Work, and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art present FEED: to play, to be happy, and to dream. Local performing artists present an eclectic range of short works to honor Henry Darger's legacy from a disability culture perspective.
The evening’s performances will include five courses of food by Eric May/Easy Eats and beer courses by middle brow beer, all within a lavish visual environment.
Performers include Matt Bodett, Louis DeMarco, T.J. Gordon, Michael Herzovi, Sarah Hollenbeck, and Arlene Malinowski.
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.
I'll be reading along with Simone Muench, Christine Sneed, and Peggy Shinner.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!