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Meet Our Readers

Head home for the holidays with us* this Wednesday. We’re bringing an appropriate housewarming gift, and special guests Sara Wolfson, Fran Hoepfner, Megan Kellie, and Lisa White. Bring your leftovers,  unresolved family baggage, and a donation for the Chicago Greater Food Depository.

*With me, at least, and it’s not so much going home as wrapping myself in the chill embrace of Chicago city limits. I think (?) Jasmine may be going somewhere, as she is a much better jet-setter.  I’m not sure. I’ll watch her Instagram. Anyway, we’re taking December off. 2018 themes and possibly special winter bonus content coming soon.

Sara Wolfson

sara wolfsonSara Wolfson isn’t sure if this is one of those bios where you’re supposed to refer to yourself in the third person, but, just to be safe, she will. Over the course of the past 20 years, Sara graduated from the University of Chicago, held down numerous jobs (most of which she left of her own accord), adopted several cats, and acknowledged that she’s probably going to die alone, except for the aforementioned cats, who will dine on her flesh over the course of several weeks until her well intentioned neighbors complain about the smell and request a wellness check from the city.

Fran Hoepfner

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Fran Hoepfner is a writer and comedian from Chicago. She is currently the Associate Video Director for The Onion.






Megan Kellie

Megan Kellie is a writer/performer who has lived and worked in the three most major American cities. Her writing has been featured on NPR, the Hog Butcher podcast, and the Paper Machete. She’s won a Moth story slam and recently appeared at several open mics, which is a great way to grow spiritually. She illustrated the kid’s book “Someday a Bird Will Poop on You,” and would like to debut a series of painted, nervous cows at a coffee shop near you. Get ready to meet her unintentionally funny parents and their parents too.





Lisa White

lisa whiteLisa is a writer and editor based in Chicago. She’s worked at DNAinfo, Time Out and Chicagoist, and her writing has been featured in other outlets including Where Chicago and Gapers Block. Her writing has led to such adventures as co-writing a hot dog column (no ketchup, of course) to interviewing a slew of musicians, fulfilling her teenage rock journalist fantasy. She lives in Logan Square with her partner Justin.


Body Hair

Here’s a recording of our November 2014 show. The theme was Body Hair. Readers included Alyssa Sorresso, Lillia Rissman, Maya Marshall, Samantha Irby, and Lisa White.


Meet Our Readers

Pits. Pubes. Upper lips and legs. This month’s theme is Body Hair. We’ve got a talented crop of women on deck Wednesday to talk about it. I can’t think of a better prelude to your Thanksgiving.

Maya Marshall

missspoken_mayamarshallMaya Marshall is a Cave Canem Fellow. She co-facilitates the Vox Ferus After Dark workshop series. She was a 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award finalist. She has led workshops for people ages 8-80 in the Midwest, Southwest, and South America. Her poems have appeared in BlackberryThe LegendaryPoetic Hustles in the Era of Hope and Change, and other publications.

Jessica DiMaio

missspoken_jessicadimaioJessica DiMaio is a graduate of Columbia College’s Fiction Writing program, who then became an esthetician because fiction writing doesn’t pay the bills. Turns out sculpting the perfect brow is as gratifying as crafting the perfect sentence. She wrote her essay while working at a ritzy downtown spa, but she much prefers the clients she has at the Benefit boutique she works for now. You can read more about her adventures in esthetics at



Alyssa Sorresso

Alyssa Sorresso is a creative non-fiction writer and performer living in Chicago. She has performed internationally and at home, including as an ensemble member for 2nd Story and at The Moth slams. Alyssa’s writing was recently published in Creative Non-Fiction Magazine and on OhioEdit. She maintains a blog at, and you can follow her on Twitter @tactless_grace. Please come say hi, because otherwise she’ll probably sit by herself and be somewhat awkward about it.

Lisa White

missspoken_lisawhiteLisa is a born and raised Midwestern girl who’s had numerous adventures and escapades writing. After moving here to attend college she fell in love with Chicago and despite a brief stint in New York returned to the city that feels like home. She cut her teeth writing about music and food around town for various outlets, including Heave, Gapers Block, IE and ChicagoStyle Wedding. She kinda went corporate for a while but like most writers never strayed far away from the clacking of laptop keys. She now is the Associate Editor at Chicagoist where she spends her days writing and editing work about all aspects of Chicago life.

missspoken_liliarissmanLilia Rissman

Lilia Rissman has enjoyed writing for a long time – one of her proudest moments was winning a trophy in fourth grade for her play about Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad.  Most of the writing that Lilia does today involves phrases like “morphosyntax” and “agent-oriented teleological modal base.” She is very happy for the opportunity tonight to pursue a more physical topic. Talk to her later if you would like to know what a modal base is.


Samantha Irby

missspoken_samanthairbySamantha Irby recently published a collection of essays called “Meaty.” You can find her blog at