Meet Our Readers

We’re sending out March like a lion and a lamb with the theme of Booty Call. As always, we’re excited to do it with the ladies below. Gallery Cabaret, Wednesday, 7pm. See you there.

Stephanie Douglass

image (5)Stephanie Douglass is a performer, farmer, writer, and trainer. She co-hosts This much Is True, tells stories and plays on stages all over Chicago, and is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion. She is a co-founder of the New York theatre company The T.E.A.M, was the head writer for OLN’s “Outside Magazine’s Ultimate Top Ten,” and is currently a staff writer for The Paper Machete. Last spring, she had the pleasure of co-producing The 25th Annual Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest. When not onstage, she serves as the Farm Enterprise Director at Growing Home, growing organic vegetables and training people with barriers to employment. She is also a co-founder of Cyahafi Blooms, where she develops sustainable programming for rural women and communities in southwestern Uganda.

Meryl Williams

missspoken_merywilliamsMeryl is a journalism and southeastern Ohio transplant who loves binge-watching Netflix, listening to upbeat indie music with starkly depressing lyrics, and shamelessly ordering the Kids Pack-size popcorn at the movies. Her writing appears regularly on Hello Giggles and DNAinfo, and she is one-half of the Addison Recorded podcast with Gina Watters. She has been known to overshare on her blog and she is okay with that.

 

 

Cara Brigandi

missspoken_carabrigandiCara Brigandi, is a native Chicagoan, writer, comedian and storyteller… always has been, always will be. She has a foul mouth, but she’s okay with that. She is the co-creator, host and segue aficionado of Grown Folks Stories. Started in October of 2010, Grown Folks Stories is monthly storytelling event that takes place at The Silver Room – 1442 N. Milwaukee, on the third Thursday of every month. There is no judging, no readings, no theme and no rehearsed material. The event has been hugely successful and is creating a community of diverse, nonprofessional storytellers.

Leah Pickett

leah pickett-miss spokenLeah Pickett is a Texas-born writer, editor, and storyteller. She currently writes for the Chicago Tribune and has contributed to the Baltimore Sun, TIME, Seventeen magazine, Consequence of Sound, and WBEZ, among others. Leah also co-hosts The Marrow, a monthly nonfiction reading series at The Whistler that explores the heart of story.

 

 

Tamara Matthews

TMatthews_533w_800hTammy Matthews is a Colorado girl in an Illinois world, according to Facebook ads that keep trying to sell her t-shirts. She is now a respectable communications manager – and don’t you forget it – but she has been many things in the past including an ESL teacher, a yarn bomber, a car hop, and a guitar soloist. She has written for Newcity, A.V. Club, and Chicagoist, and now has a blog like everyone else at 365 Days in Chicago.

 

 

 

Kelly Bolton

KB.Headshot.1Kelly Bolton is an Elgin native who made the 36 mile trek all the way to Chicago. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BFA in acting. She uses that degree to smile and act like a proper administrative assistant during the day. In her free time Kelly performs with Off Off Broadzway and her solo show Lonely Flirty Weird. Previously she has performed with sketch comedy groups OneTwoThree and Dark Eyed Strangers. She enjoys crocheting and fart jokes. She hopes to one day have a dog and a cross eyed cat.

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