Writer | Speaker


I'm a Chicago-based writer & storyteller.

That's me in the photo telling a story at Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf. The pic was taken by the inimitable Kevin Swallow.

By day, I'm a public speaking coach.

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. I am an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications at Loyola University, Chicago.

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 Call me the sexist and outdated "Mrs."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.