Monday, May 2, 2011

Story Collider: Body Plans, May 18 at 8 pm.

They come with two legs, with six legs, some long, some skinny, with fins or jaws or antennae. Their extraordinary forms of life can be feared and loved and derided and misunderstood. The most alien bodies can captivate us in awe, and sometimes, the most alien bodies are our own.

Join The Story Collider, May 18th, for six stories about the absurdity, and the grandeur, in our views of life.

Stories by:
Scott Bolohan, Writer
Cammi Climaco, Visual artist and Co-host of Ask Me Stories
David Crabb, Actor, writer, and sound designer
David Dickerson, Writer and storyteller
Tracy Rowland, Video Editor
Diana Spechler, Novelist

(Poster design by Lena Groeger. Larger version, and more show info, here:


Scott Bolohan is an internationally published and potential award-winning writer. He writes a regular column with the Chicago Tribune's RedEye and Playboy's The Smoking Jacket. You might also recognize him as Ed Westwick's hands on "Gossip Girl." He still becomes visibly angry when people call apatosaurus 'brontosaurus.'

David Crabb is currently a producer of the storytelling podcast RISK! and co-produces the Ask Me storytelling series with Cammi Climaco. He has been a member of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway Axis Company since 2001, starring in and developing plays with the company in Paris and Edinburgh. David is a recent Moth StorySLAM winner and his one-peson show "Bad Kid" will open later this year.

Cammi Climaco is a visual artist and co-host of the monthly storytelling variety show Ask Me Stories. She has exhibited her mixed-media sculpture, performances and videos nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. She has appeared on The Moth, Risk!, and Told!. She teaches at Pratt Institute of Art. Cammi likes science as long as it doesn't touch her.

David Dickerson is a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR’s “This American Life” and at shows around the city. His book, House of Cards: Love, Faith, and Other Social Expressions, was published in October 2009 by Riverhead. For fun, he also does a regular video blog on YouTube called “Greeting Card Emergency.”

Tracy Rowland is that rare New Yorker who likes to talk. Except she's from New Jersey, which makes her rarer still. She has appeared onstage with The Moth, The Liar Show and the notorious BTK Band. Tracy makes her living as a TV promo writer/editor, and is responsible for that Dateline spot involving 50-year-olds who want to hook up with your teenage daughter. Her mom is so proud.

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper
Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011). She has written for The New York Times, GQ, O Magazine, Esquire, Self,, the Wall Street Journal online, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She teaches writing in New York City.

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