A Live Lit + Music Show

Story Jam


SHANNON CASON was such a hit at Story Jam this past May, he is back by popular demand all the way from Detroit! The incredible Mr. Cason has told stories all over the country with The Moth, Snap Judgment, and his own popular podcast, Homemade Stories. He recently launched a new show with WBEZ Chicago called The Trouble with Shannon Cason, available on Apple Podcasts. Shannon is a husband and a father, and he’s making a rare Chicago appearance with this special MLK Day show. Shannon's website.

MAMA EDIE ARMSTRONG is nationally beloved, gifted storyteller. A bilingual speech and language pathologist and percussionist, Mama Edie has been known to blend music and spoken English and Spanish word with Sign Language. She has traveled the world sharing her stories and songs, and captivating audiences. In 2007, Edie was published in a book, Tell the World: Storytelling Across Language Barriers with her chapter entitled "How to Reach a Multilingual Audience." Edie has also published original stories and has been featured on PBS, along with two award-winning storytelling DVD's. More about Mama Edie. 

ARCHY JAMJUN is a gifted writer and storyteller, originally from Lincolnwood. He is a member of Drinkers with Writing Problems, a writing/performance group, and he is also curator of Outspoken GBTLQ stories, and co-producer of Talk Stories, An Asian American Storytelling Show. Archy is a two-time Moth Grand Slam winner, professor, server, guncle, and proud father of an undisciplined and coddled cat. Archy's website. 

LYNNE JORDAN returns for her sixth time to the STORY JAM stage. The mesmerizing singer-performer-diva extraordinaire is currently workshopping her much-awaited solo show, "A Great Big Diva," which features incredible personal stories and songs. A Northwestern theatre grad, Lynne leads her own popular event band, Lynne Jordan and The Shivers, and has performed to sold-out crowds in the US and Europe. More about Lynne

NESTOR GOMEZ has won more Moth Slams and Grand Slams than anyone ever (we've lost track of the count, but it's over 30 now). He has also won at North Side Stories, Here Chicago, and Joyfest. Nestor has been featured on NPR and Vocalo, and at dozens of storytelling shows in Chicago, including regular appearances with us at STORY JAM. Nestor started telling stories to overcome stuttering, and now his heartfelt stories are heard all over the world. Nestor's website. 

R.C. RILEY is a queer warrior woman, writer, performer, and storyteller who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault.  R.C.'s work challenges heteronormative views and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who have felt left out, forgotten, ignored, and unloved by our society.  Her one-woman show, Wrong Way Journey, delineates her personal journey of healing from trauma to triumph. When she's not performing her solo show, R.C. can be found telling short stories around the Chicagoland area. R.C.'s website.