Meet Our Readers

Summer Love. Hot, sticky, fleeting. 1967. According to Urban Dictionary, “When you meet someone of the opposite sex during summer or on vacation and you think you’re in love but in actuallity you’re not and it’s more lust…” There might be more to that definition, but Megabus has blocked that site – I’m making this post from the road, which sounds way more Kerouac than a pleasant, somewhat bittersweet trip to Ann Arbor. The couple behind me are experiencing it, and they’re so cute I want to take their picture but I know that would be super creepy. Anyway – come hear about it next week at Gallery Cabaret from these flower children:

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Lily Be is a momma, a nanny, a friend, and a storyteller. She’s a wise Mexican badass from Humboldt Park with a straight from the hip style of storytelling that has made her stand out in the storytelling community. She is the first Latina Moth GrandSLAM champion, WNEP Maelstrom champ, The Spotty Truth Late Night Storytelling champ, and host/producer of The Stoop at Rosa’s Lounge. There is really nothing a bio can tell you about Lily Be that her stories can’t do better. Her stories are featured on the RISK podcast and The Moth Radio Hour.

ccooperheadshot2Cinnamon Cooper

Cinnamon is a 17-year resident of Chicago and considers this home because she’s never lived anywhere else nearly as long. She’s a bit of a crazy cat lady who will one day find out how to combine all of her interests in food, crafting, feminism, class, race, and of course, cats. Until then she’s still trying to get over the writing fatigue she got writing a cookbook a few years ago. If you want to know about cast-iron cooking, pick up The Everything Cast-Iron Cookbook. It’s wicked cheap, and subtly political.



Corrine Mucha

Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. She grew up in southern New Jersey and studied illustration at RISD.

Her most recent graphic novel, a hilarious break-up memoir titled Get Over It! is out now from Secret Acres. Her other comics work include the Xeric-funded My Alaskan Summer, the Ignatz award winning The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions, and the YA graphic novel Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense.

In addition to comics and writing, she is interested in glitter, houseplants, chocolate, bad puns, running, and gluing googley eyes onto things. Her website is

yellowElizabeth Gomez

Elizabeth Gomez is an entrepreneur, stand up comic, world explorer, and a founder of an all female roller derby league. She currently spends her days agonizing on whether to put on pants. She is a Beast Woman Rising and you can see her at the kates at the Book Cellar on Saturday, August 30th. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @JuannaRumbel since she’s too lazy to put together a website.

185570_862610279926_832975987_nKaren Shimmin

Karen Shimmin is the co-host of All Write Already!, the “completely unpretentious” literary podcast. Karen also co-hosts and co-produces Essay Fiesta, a monthly live lit show, which takes place at the Book Cellar on the third Monday of every month. Karen graduated from Northwestern’s creative writing and theatre programs and has performed around the city.


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