Meet Our Readers

There’s nothing quite like your first time, whatever that first may be. Join Anne Elizabeth Moore, Nicole Bartoloni, Kaitlin Sullivan, and Whitney LaMora Currier this Wednesday to relive that inaugural taste, touch, crime, or literally time itself.

P.S. We promise we’re not ripping off our musical pals at CHIRP First Time. It’s more of a tribute. A cover. Inspired by. Also, I’ll be performing with them on Thursday.


Anne Elizabeth Moore

anneelizabethmooreAnne Elizabeth Moore is an award-winning journalist, best-selling comics anthologist, and internationally lauded cultural critic. She has been heralded as “one of the sharpest thinkers and cultural critics bouncing around the globe today” by Razorcake, a “general phenom” by the Chicago Reader, and “a critic” by the New York Times.

Her book Unmarketable was named a Best Book of 2007 by Mother Jones. Cambodian Grrrl won a 2012 Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism. Her essays “Reimagining the National Border Patrol Museum (and Gift Shop)” and “17 Theses on the Edge” were honorable mentions in Best American Non-Required Reading (2008 and 2010, respectively). She is the former editor of seminal, award-winning Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics, which continues to be a New York Times bestselling title.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, UN Press Fellow, and USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and teaches Visual & Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born in Winner, SD. She has two cats. In 2016, she was awarded the third fellowship in Detroit’s unique Write A House program.

Nikki Bartoloni

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 9.26.36 PMNikki Bartoloni moved to Chicago almost seven years ago to study English Literature at DePaul University. While she had been writing stories since her father bought her her first self-publishing kit at the age of seven, she took her first creative non-fiction workshop at the end of her sophomore year and fell in love with the genre, later making it her main focus in DePaul’s Master in Writing and Publishing program. While she is new to Chicago’s storytelling and live-lit community, her work has been featured in Stumble Magazine and draft: a journal of process. Nikki’s guilty pleasures include online dating stories, Dawson’s Creek marathons, and chai lattes.

Kaitlin Sullivan

miss communication picKaitlin Sullivan is a frustrated writer with one of those corporate day jobs that frustrated writers tend to need. When she’s feeling cheeky, she blogs at and makes jokes on various social media platforms. (Sorry, Mom.)





Whitney LaMora Currier

13043667_10102467848753718_7788474613477723023_nWhitney LaMora Currier is an actor, writer and comedian around town! You can see her produce and perform quarterly with her company Wirehouse Co. – next performance will be on June 10th at The Lincoln Loft wherein she’ll be emceeing and sharing three short pieces she has written and will direct for the evening. She also really loves her husband, Taco Bell and her three fur children.


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