Writer | Speaker


Upcoming Appearances

Gilead Chicago - 11/10/19

Mare Swallow storytelling

Storytelling at a "queer-storytelling-bar-church." It's awesome. And fun. And full of music. 

Nov. 10, 2019 @ 5 pm

LOL Theater - 3851 N. Lincoln


Info here.

This One Woman - 11/25/19


A comedy and variety show inspired by the life of a different famous woman every month. This month, it's Jane Austen.

Nov. 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark St. 


Info here

About me

I'm a Chicago-based writer & storyteller.

My work has appeared in Hypertext and Story Club Magazines, among others. I was the much-vaunted founder of the Chicago Writers Conference, and was named to New City's Lit 50 List three times.

Throughout the year, I speak at conferences nationwide. I share my essays at Live Lit events in Chicago. Three things I love: Scrabble, CHIRP Radio, and good bourbon.

btw, I am Ms. Swallow. Call me the sexist and outdated "Mrs." and I will throw your Christmas cards in the trash and ignore you. For realsisies.