Megan Stielstra reads from her new novel, Everyone Remain Calm, with sound design by Nick Kawahara. Columbia College grads take the mic for the open mic portion, hosted by Chris DeGuire.
Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm, a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011, and the Literary Director of Chicago’s 2nd Story storytelling series. She has told stories for the Goodman, Steppenwolf, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Poetry Center, Story Week Festival of Writers, Wordstock Literary Festival, the Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and performs regularly for 2nd Story and The Paper Machete. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Shareable, Monkeybicycle, Hypertext, Cellstories, Perigee, Annalemma, and Punk Planet, among others, and have been performed by Theatre Seven of Chicago and Bohemian Archeology in New York City. She teaches creative writing and performance at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago.
This event contains explicit language and adult themes.
Story Week Festival of Writers features some of the best, most diverse voices at work today in fiction, film, theater, art, music, and publishing. Other events from this festival recorded by Chicago Amplified—listed in the order they were presented—are as follows:
Reading/Grad Open Mic Featuring Megan Stielstra
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Don DeGrazia
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Donna Seaman
Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction
Full Time Fiction Writing Faculty Reading featuring Betty Shiflett
Beyond the Dream: What It Takes to Get Published
From Page to Stage: Scenes From Student Playwrights
Conversation with Playwright Young Jean Lee
Surviving the American Dream
Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing with John Sayles
Literary Rock & Roll: American Dreamers with Heidi W. Durrow, John Sayles, Patricia Ann McNair, musical guest Canasta