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June 3rd Features Feature

We humbly present to you this month’s features.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm, a story collection, and the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Poetry Center, Story Week Festival of Writers, The Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, Chicago Public Radio, and regularly for 2nd Story, The Paper Machete, and Write Club, along with all sorts of theaters and festivals and bars. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Pank, F Magazine, Make Magazine, Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Necessary Fiction, Monkeybicycle, and Punk Planet, among others, and has been performed by Theatre Seven of Chicago and Bohemian Archeology in NYC. She teaches creative writing and performance at Columbia College and The University of Chicago, and lives online at meganstielstra.com.

Eric May is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. A former reporter for The Washington Post, his fiction has appeared in Fish Stories, F, and Criminal Class magazines. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate and the Chicago Tribune. He’s read his work at the Stonecoast, Solstice, and AWP writers’ Conferences. Locally he’s read with 2nd Story and Criminal Class, and done oral telling at the Grown Folks’ Stories series.

Scott Whitehair is a Pittsburgh native who’s lived in Chicago for over seven years. As a founder and producer of This Much Is True, he has entertained thousands. A producer extraordinaire, he currently runs three other shows as well, Adult Education, Do Not Submit, and Storylab. The Liar’s Competition, his last special, was the best story show Here’s the Story had seen all year. We are continually awed, inspired, and supported by this wonderful man.

Joshua Safford is a different type of storyteller, rooted in both visual and oral tradition. He began his career while studying screenwriting at the University of Southern California. He worked as a museum storyteller for Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, where he began experimenting with visual tools for storytelling.

After graduating from Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Clown College Joshua renewed his interest in magic, an art he practiced years before. Now, he combines illusion with folklore to create a powerful visual-oral fusion. He tells traditional tales as well as his original works — at schools and libraries, gatherings and festivals — anywhere which needs a little magic! Visit Ravenstory.com to see more of his work.

The Album is both an improv group and a form. Made up of eight experienced performers: Jillian Burfete, Amrita Dhaliwal, Brendan Kelly, Alex Moffat, Steve Nelson, Vince Portacci, Megan Redfearn and Eli Rix, it begins with real, personal stories from its players. These stories are then deconstructed in patiently fast-paced and sweetly uncomfortable scenes that recall the physicality and simplicity of old black-and-white comedies. The Album loves each other, and it comes through in every move. Read more about them here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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