Stories, poetry and folk music have been and still are, at the core of what I do.
My first spoken word gig was at Calvin Coolidge School in Lansing, Illinois. I was in 4th grade.
The high school speech team at T.F. South in Lansing, Ill., cemented my urge to share literature and music with anybody who'd listen.
I earned a B.A. in Speech & Theatre Education (Purdue) and a Master's in Oral Interpretation of Literature (Northwestern).
I taught high school in Oak Forest, Ill., worked in PR and high-tech, married Rick Beyer with whom I raised two great and talented kids, had my dream job at WUMB-FM in Boston before a 10-year stint as PR director at Perkins School for the Blind. We came back to Chicago where I taught college-level communications. Then, lightning struck! On Saturdays nights, starting August 1, 2020, I'll be the host of WFMT's legendary Midnight Special - Chicago's longest-running radio show.
I write and perform poetry and have had some of it published. Here's a sample from an anthology called We Will Not Be Silenced.
I've won and almost won story slams for MassMouth and The Moth and performed out East and in the Midwest.