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Live storytelling event set for June 4 in Lockport

Attend the Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport on June 4 to hear Five Fab storytellers and a musician.

The musician, Harold McCay, begins the evening at 6:30 p.m. followed by five storytellers: Amy Burrows, Ada Cheng, Lisa Colleen, Beatriz Gartler, and Randy Kim.

Producers of live lit are Lisa Colleen and Barbara Eberhard.

Burrows of Plainfield is making her debut at storytelling with live lit. Burrows was a student with the INSPIRED! live lit writing classes this past spring. Classes will begin again in the fall.

Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, performing artist and storytelling producer. She has been featured in storytelling shows and done her two solo performances all over the United States.

She is the producer and the host of several storytelling shows, including "Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series," "Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show," "Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show" and "Speaking Truths Series."

Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Her website is

Badikian-Gartler was born and reared in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in the Chicago area for over forty years.

Badikian-Gartler holds a doctorate. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught at various institutions of higher learning, including Northwestern University, Loyola University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois, Columbia College, and others.

Her essays, poems and stories have been published in The New York Times Travel Section, Third Woman, Diàlogo, Blue Lake Review, After Hours, Make Magazine, Hammers, The Winfield Post, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Short Story, and many other journals, anthologies, and newspapers.

She is a popular performer in the Chicago area and lectures often on literature, women's issues, and art.

In 2000 Badikian was selected as one of the One-Hundred Women Who Make a Difference in Chicago by Today's Womanmagazine.

She is an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar and a frequent Newberry Library instructor. Her second full length collection, Mapmaker Revisited: New and Selected Poems, was published in 1999 from Gladsome Books in Chicago.

Her first novel, "Old Gloves – A 20th Century Saga," was published in 2005 by Fractal Edge Press in Chicago. Her new poetry collection, Unveiling the Mind, is out from Pandora/LoboEstepario Press.

For more information, visit and

Randy Kim is a queer Southeast Asian-American who currently serves as a board member with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in the Chicago Lincoln Square neighborhood

He has been performing at various storytelling shows around the Chicago area. He is also the co-producer with rock star Ada Cheng on the "TALK Stories: An Asian / Asian American Diaspora Storytelling Show."

For more information, visit

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