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Meet Our Readers

This week, we’ve got Chloe Riley, Elizabeth Gomez, Julie Jurgens, and Sarah Souri breakin’ the law breakin’ the law. Get your legal ass to Gallery Cabaret to for stories of protest, poor choices, good choices, and more.

Chloe Riley

Chloe Riley is a journalist, skeptic, and bullshit fighter, depending on the day. She writes about death and old magazines in a blog called Pimp to the Mouthbreathers and she’s also written for The Guardian, the Chicago Reader and Huffington Post. She writes about criminal justice, politics, and theater and she eats oatmeal even though it deeply pains her to do so.



Elizabeth Gomez

Elizabeth GomezElizabeth Gomez is a comedian, writer, and a free bleeder. She performs all over the city, but you may have seen her on Check Please, which means she is Chicago famous now. She is the founding writer of Drinkers with Writing Problems, cast member of the Kates, founder of the Windy City Rollers, and possibly the reason your parents broke up.



Sarah Souri

Sarah SouriSarah Rashmee Souri is a psychotherapist, musician, writer, and speaker. Her previous storytelling experience includes performing at Sunday Morning Stories at The Second City in Chicago, as well as The Moth and Wordplay in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Sarah believes in the therapeutic power of storytelling, and she hopes her story will inspire you. To contact Sarah, please visit her website at http://www.sarahsouri.com/.




Julie Jurgens

julie jurgensJulie Jurgens has appeared on stages all over the city, magically, like some kind of beautiful teleporting genius. Once she’s on stage she tries to change history in small but substantial ways, then leaves again, hoping beyond hope that the next stage appearance will be the appearance that takes her home.


Meet Our Readers

There’s a lot of mostly imperfect ways to prevent pregnancy. Condoms. Pills. Getting back to their place and seeing a book called God’s Game Plan: The Athlete’s Bible. I can personally vouch for all of the effectiveness of all of these. But sometimes it breaks, you miss a day, that title’s obscured by a John Grisham book and eh, whatever. Come join Adrienne Gunn, Ju Lee Anna, Christina Brandon, Lynette Roqueta, and Elizabeth Gomez for stories of Birth Control.

Also, we’re turning two! More on our toddler status this week, and see you Wednesday.

Gunn_A_161HRES_RAdrienne Gunn

Adrienne Gunn is a writer, editor, and humorist based in Chicago. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and her work has appeared in various literary magazines including McSweeney’s and PANK. Adrienne previously served as managing editor and fiction editor of TriQuarterly, the literary magazine of Northwestern University, and she regularly performs stand-up and storytelling throughout Chicago. In 2016, Adrienne’s first one-woman show Mother of the Year! debuted to sold-out audiences.

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Hailing from Chicago’s crooked pinky, Ju Lee Anna is a variety entertainer with a ferocious charm and a sickeningly sweet sixth sense to make with cha-chas and chuckles. Ensemble member at Vaudezilla, she’s got a reputation for serving up a heavy hit of screwball and sizzle as slapstick burlesque delight Shirley Blazen. Ju Lee is a producer on the monthly stand-up comedy showcase Broad Squad and can be seen regularly telling audiences about her queer feminist agenda and love of Mountain Dew.

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Christina Brandon is a writer and user experience researcher in retail, meaning she spends a lot of her days thinking about how people shop. She just launched her own TinyLetter, Humdrum, which consists of tiny essays on weird everyday things. She’s also furiously scribbling to finish her memoir about teaching English to university students in China. Her food writing has been published in Gapers Block, and her essays have been published in Compose, Gravel, Work Literary Magazine, and others. Her spirit animal is the kangaroo.


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Lynette Roqueta

Lynette Roqueta is a proud Miami, FL native. She has been braving Chicago winters since December 2012. A graduate of The Second City Training Center with Improv and Acting, and The Annoyance. Also, she is part of the indie teams Combat The Beard, Barnacle with The Playground Theater, Matt Damon Improv, and Scream Theatre. Lynette has performed at The Second City, Under The Gun Theater, Bughouse, pH Comedy Theater, Playground Theater, and The Annoyance. Currently she is the producer for the web series Squat and performs at various storytelling events.

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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 or Drinkers with Writing Problems. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @JuannaRumbel since she’s too lazy to put together a website.

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 www.maidenhousefly.com.

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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.