A Live Lit + Music Extravaganza

Story Jam


Anne Heaton has captured audiences’ imaginations for over a decade with her songs that are by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (The Washington Post). Anne will have a brand new record out later this year, her first in 7 years!

Anne's Heaton's website

LIam Davis is a producer, songwriter, performer, and rock star who has toured all over the world. He has been nominated for three grammys. 

Liam Davis' website

Nicholas Barron's raw energy and charisma have earned him over five million You Tube views! A prolific artist, he has released ten albums of original music, and he is an accomplished abstract painter. He has opened for Pat Benatar, Michael Bolton, James Brown, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Shawn Colvin, The Neville Brothers, and James Taylor, among many, many others. 

Nicholas' website

Sarah Marie Young is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition (judged by Quincy Jones). After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah Marie released and toured Europe with her second album, "Little Candy Heart." Sarah's latest album, "Recess", was released in April 2016. 

Stephanie Rogers is the host and producer of Story Jam. She led an event orchestra for 10 years after acting in film, tv, and commercials. In addition to Story Jam, Stephanie is currently working toward a master's in Written Communications while teaching live lit workshops in Chicago. 

Stephanie's website

Get to know our April 7th storytellers


Diva Extraordinaire

Q: What’s the naughtiest story you’ve ever told? 
LYNNE: A story about my sex life with a particular EX (schmuck).

Q: What’s your proudest storytelling moment? 
LYNNE: Telling the story about my grandfather's escape from a lynch mob in 1925 and the audience was silent afterwards, then burst into huge applause, people stood up. 

Q: Who’s your performer and/or storyteller hero? 
LYNNE: Anna Devere Smith.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? 
LYNNE: Doing an MCU  (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movie marathon in preparation for The Avengers: Endgame.

Q: What’s your guilty music or lit pleasure? 
LYNNE: Cardi B: "Say it louder for the bitches in the back!!"


Chicago's Jewel

Q: How did you get into storytelling?

ARCHY: I read a story at an open mic and the Chicago producer of The Moth happened to be there. He told me to give The Moth a try and I won on my first try!

Q: Have you told an absolute favorite story? If yes, what was it?

ARCHY: I love to make people laugh and imitate people's voices. I have a story called "Pretty" that's about getting in a fight with my sister over her beauty products. I get to imitate my sister, my father, my mother, Keanu Reeves, and Nancy Kerrigan in it so I love doing that piece.

Q; What does storytelling mean to you?

ARCHY: In a personal sense, it's really given me a sense of purpose and an art that I feel I'm pretty good at. Storytelling has taken me places I would never have imagined, from a David Bowie gala The Moth hosted in NYC to telling a story in my parents’ homeland of Thailand to doing shows in front of 800 people. But storytelling also is a way for me to give back to the community by helping other people tell and shape their stories. I've done that by curating LGBTQ stories with OUTspoken at Sidetrack, holding workshops for college and high school students, and working with the Chicago Housing Services.

Q: (Since our next show is in April) What are you looking forward to most about springtime?

ARCHY: Open windows, fresh air, and hanging out on patios.


Live Lit's Grande Dame 

Q: What makes a good story great?

ARLENE: I recently heard Ira Glass say: “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” And a point. A good story has a turning point in it.

Q: Besides storytelling, what's your favorite thing to do?

ARLENE: My fave thing to do is 4:00am, leftovers, the New York Times Sunday edition, and knowing I can sleep until noon!

Q: Are great storytellers born or made?

ARLENE: I only know of one storyteller who was born. He grew up in Alabama and his mother once drove to LA with a pot roast on the engine-so we could have a cooked meal when she got there. It was delicious.

Q: What's your favorite story to tell?

ARLENE: I love telling any story that has my Deaf mother in it. Putting her spirit in my body is one of my greatest joys. She was a funny, sweet, and crazy “binch.”


Emerging Genius

Q: What’s the naughtiest story you’ve ever told?
ANNE: Naughty? Shoplifting in LA stoned out of my mind stuffing steaks & duckling down my cargo pants.

Q: What's your proudest storytelling moment?
ANNE: My one woman show about bipolar disorder [January 2019].

Q: What would you be doing if you weren't doing this?
ANNE: Baking bundt cakes & driving around drunk & topless in my subdivision for kicks.

Q: What's your guilty lit or music pleasure?
ANNE: Lit pleasure is devouring books & reading current news periodicals. Cruising Craig’s List to [replace] infidelity.


Beloved Comedian

Q: How did you get into storytelling?

JEREMY: I love stand-up, but I'm too chicken to do it, so I started writing funny stories to do my version of stand-up. I'm basically a lazy stand-up I guess.  

Q: What's your favorite story to tell?

JEREMY: A story of my own? My favorite story to tell is how I once pooped my pants while walking down the street. My favorite story from another person is literally any words that come out of Sam Irby's mouth at any time anywhere. She's my favorite living human.

Q: What does storytelling mean to you?

JEREMY: I like that there's a place and a space for people share stories in real time—the things that are really happening. We're all staring at the internet all the time and watching Netflix, [so] having a place to share and hear stories feels like the last place where anything real happens. We need that.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about springtime?

JEREMY: Not having to wear my 300 pound coat to go outside (even though it's gorgeous) and also THE SUN. Oh my God. I need sunshine or I die.


Brilliant Charmer

Q: What’s the naughtiest story you’ve ever told? 
MARYA: In 2018 had the worst boss in the history of human employment. I told a TMI story about her insane behavior and her ironic tattoo with the fervent wish that she someday sees/hears it and faints from shame.

Q: What’s your proudest storytelling moment? 
MARYA: Whenever I finish a story and I've hit all the high points and key lines, I feel like somebody should immediately hand me a trophy just for participation.

Q: Who’s your performer and/or storyteller hero?  
MARYA: Woody Guthrie. His songs and stories were about much more than his own life. I aspire to do that.  And he once said, "All of my words, if not well put or well taken, are well meant." I hope I have met that standard already.

Q; What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?  
MARYA: Storytelling is my sole creative outlet in which I actually am making something.  My regular life involves taking care of my mother, kids, husband, pets, friends and trying to maintain my career in an era of age discrimination. Storytelling is my escape.  

Q: What’s your guilty music or lit pleasure? 
MARYA: Bruce Springsteen. I have seen him more than 125 times in concert. But I don't feel guilty about it, I feel lucky to be on the planet at the same time as him. And I still watch every episode of Project Runway, that's pretty lame!