Meet Our Readers

This month’s theme is College Years. We came up with this theme because we’re nosy. We don’t know a lot about people’s post-secondary experiences, and were curious. Also our original theme, “Back to School”, was kind of meh. So we stepped it up, just a little. For you. Come on down to Gallery Cabaret next Wednesday and hear tales of cults, communes, and the Vagina Monologues – just a preview of what college meant to this month’s line-up.

351468_origDana Norris

Dana Norris is the Editor-in-Chief of Story Club Magazine and the founder of the Story Club franchise. She produces and hosts Story Club North Side at Holiday Club in Chicago and teaches at StoryStudio Chicago.





gRRwQqseKr-wdphjgO8P1Q_gU4A2ZghAQNmK_khXC98Erin Watson

Erin Watson is a Southern person living in Chicago. She hustles for nonprofits and writes poetry. Her poems appear in Anthology of Chicago and in the chapbooks No Experiences and Instax Winter, both of which she will shamelessly sell or trade to you after the show. She was a finalist for the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. You can usually find her on her bike, at a coffee shop, or on the Internet at

IMG_1023Genny Ramos

Genny Ramos is a writer from southern California. She moved to Chicago three years ago and has no plans to leave any time soon. Some of her current goals are: run a race, learn how to sew properly, and make time for travel. She’s driven by possibility, food, and Beyoncé.




jp-monteJessica Palmer

J.H. Palmer is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and has performed in live lit and storytelling events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, NYC, and Michigan. She is also the co-producer of That’s All She Wrote.


brandy_agerbeck1smBrandy Agerbeck

When she isn’t drawing, Brandy Agerbeck aka is thinking about drawing, or writing and speaking about drawing as your best thinking tool. For nearly two decades, Brandy has worked as a graphic facilitator, mapping out strategy meetings and conferences on giant sheets of paper so people can see what the heck they are saying. In 2012, she published “the Bible” in her field, The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide: How to use your listening, thinking and drawing skills to make meaning. As Edgewater’s biggest fan, Brandy has lived in the same two-block radius for the last 18 years.


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