1st Thursday of Every Month
(Starting on March 2nd)
(3324 S Halsted)
Sign Up List at 7:15 pm
Stories at 7:30 pm
Do Not Submit Bridgeport takes place surrounded by stories in a stellar independent bookstore.
Venue is open all day. The list opens at 7:15.
Simply sign up for a spot, and when your name is called, you will get seven minutes on stage to share any story you'd like. Tell/read/recite your personal story/fiction/essay on proper flossing.
(Late arrivals can sign up as long as there are spots still available.)
No pressure, no judgment, and no scoring.
No experience necessary to participate, and never a cover charge.
BYOB is welcome.
There will be complimentary light refreshments available.
(Donations for these are welcome, but not obligatory!)
Questions, comments, concerns or suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Your Hosts
Dani Castonzo is a storyteller and creative writer who writes poetry and young adult fiction. After 5 years of tirelessly working on her novels, she has...two very messy novel drafts. She hopes to one day finish them. Dani fell in love with the kindness, vulnerability, and creativity of the live lit community shortly after moving to Chicago in 2018. Her live lit performances include Serving the Sentence, Is This A Thing?, and other Do Not Submit open mics. When she's not writing or working at her glamorous communications day job, Dani loves reading romance and YA mystery novels, re-watching Gilmore Girls, indoor climbing, and taking very long walks around the city. She lives in Bridgeport with her partner and two very destructive cats.
Introducing, Kathryn “A Space Camp 'The Right Stuff 'award winner” Grzebieniak. She’s a former musical-theater kid (a “cool” one, promise) with a penchant for car singing, watching classic Robin Williams and Dana Carvey stand-ups, Austin Powers, and, you guessed it, storytelling. How else was an only child to amuse herself? Kathryn has been in the business of communicating for over 10 years. First, writing internal and external marketing musings and now, editing online MBA courses. Growing up and identifying as a queer woman in her adult life (and you would never know it…haa), she’s always been hyper-aware of her differentness. This has led to a longtime interest in the topic of representation. Storytelling, specifically through writing, has always been an excellent outlet for her to explore the ways in which uniqueness can connect us all. Kathryn is excited to be hosting other people who are storytelling stars and mayhaps even slip in a story or two of her own. She lives in a glamorous, aka falling apart, three flat with a lovely roommate in the Roscoe Village area of Chicago. She has no pets at the moment but is hoping to hell for a cat in the semi-near future. If you can make this dream come true, please contact her asap.
Ariana Haze is a self proclaimed storytelling fan girl. As a born and raised Chicagoan, she has attended many a moth night and story telling open mic throughout the city. She has a background in english literature and creative writing. When not hosting or attending a Do Not Submit open mic, you can find her cross stitching on the couch while eating ice cream and watching reality TV.