Story Jam

JANUARY 27th, 2018 • Wilmette Theatre, 8pm

KAI LOVE, PhD, can be a motivational speaker, small biz owner, singer, poet, comedian, quintessential Pisces, and super nerd, depending on the day! On March 20, 2017, Kai self-published her first book of poetry titled, “Sentimentality: A Poetic Curation of Thoughts and Feelings.” She released her soulful singing and spokenword debut EP, "Little Star", which won the National Poetry Award-Best Album 2016. Kai won the Black Poetry Café-Poetry Superstar Award for January 2017. She is also an avid traveler who has performed all over the world and really strives to keep #LOVE at the center of art.

is a writer, actor, singer, speed talker, and professional swearer. You can find a lot of her writing on (where you can also hire her for any of the above), and her face at various shows and live lit events around Chicago. She writes plays with her theater wife, Sara Sevigny, and you can buy one (The League of Awesome) on Amazon. You can also see their very stupid YouTube series, Get In the Car, and subscribe to their channel. Her parents named all three kids nine-lettered names that began with C and she was last, that's why.

ARCHY JAMJUN is a popular, hilarious storyteller-writer from Chicago. He is a regularly featured teller at shows around Chicago, including Story Jam, The Stoop, This Much is True, and OUTspoken! He has won The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest and The Moth Grand Slam. When not storytelling or working, you can catch him eating dessert, chasing drag queens, or just being lazy.  He is also an MFA student at Roosevelt University.

is a comedian, storyteller, and blogger who was born in the motherland, but grew up in the awe-inspiring cornfields of Indiana. His foray into stand up comedy was accidental in nature. He told a funny story once on stage at a college comedy show and people laughed. The rest is history. You can usually find him performing at various venues in Chi-town and different colleges nationwide. When not performing, he is either sleeping, eating, or writing....but most likely he’s eating.

KIMMY FLEISHMAN is a newbie to story-telling but was likely performing in the womb. She charged a penny to every person her parents had over as a child to watch her dance and sing for a half hour minimum in her self-proclaimed AMAZING one-girl show. Since growing up into an adult (kind of), she's offset the stress of her advertising industry career life by performing wherever she can. She studied at the Second City Training Center and performing with the Musical Improv Conservatory and officiates her friend's weddings when they aren't too Catholic or too Jewish. 

is from Iowa, was schooled in Boston, and has been a writer/actor in Chicago since 2006, performing in four WildClaw Theatre productions (Legion, Carmilla, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and the 2015 remount of The Revenants) as well as hosting their annual Deathscribe. On the sly, he performs every Saturday as Chad the Bird of The Paper Machete at Chicago’s Historic Green Mill Lounge. Josh: is terrified of airplanes; totally has a collection of skulls; falls asleep to The X-Files. He is very happy to be home.

PAUL BARILE is a writer/actor working and playing in Chicago. His debut novel “My Brother’s Hands” (Lexographic Press) is out now. His audio-book “Chasing Happy” (Mint 400 Records) is available wherever fine mp3s are sold. His comic book “The Summit of Justice” will be out early 2018.

Paul's poetry blog is, and his personal website is:

STEPHANIE ROGERS proudly holds (onto for dear life) a degree in acting from Northwestern University. She was inspired to create STORY JAM after taking a solo show writing class and attending storytelling events in Chicago and NYC.  A huge fan of NPR, podcasts, and non-fiction theatre, Stephanie combines her love for music, theatre, and personal story to produce—and write music for—each Story Jam show. She is currently pursuing a masters in Written Communications, at a snail's pace, at National Louis University. She also does other stuff, which can be explored at