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More Live Lit from The Gender Years

Details about upcoming Live Lit events featuring Deborah with material-in-progress from The Gender Years:

Live Lit at Miss Spoken

Miss Spoken
January 25, 7pm

Miss Spoken is a women’s reading series with a theme for every month. The evening’s theme will be: Heroes.

Live Lit from Tuesday Funk

Tuesday Funk
February 7, 7:30pm
Hopleaf (5148 N Clark Street)

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month.


I’ve become obsessed with Chicago’s Live Lit scene and have been reading from The Gender Years at events around Chicago. Past events have included Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions, and Fillet of Solo. Check out the event calendar for more upcoming Live Lit performances—I’ll see you there!

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, I participated in a three-day summer institute tailored to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience, located on Northwestern University’s downtown campus. This was open to anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft — and business — of writing.

As a Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world, I’ve led programs at venues including Greenberg Traurig LLP, Council on Foundations, Princeton University, Fordham University, DePaul University, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, University of Cincinnati, Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Women’s Foundation, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, Global Girl Media, and for leading thinkers at top universities, foundations, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations in Chicago, San Francisco, and LA.

Ari Moffic and I met at Lakeside Congregation on Sunday, November 22, 2015 to talk about the weight of nature and nuture on gender expression, the need to fit in a box, and how ambiguity and fluidity inform us.

On September 29, October 27 and November 24, 2015, I met at Creative Coworking for my monthly Lunch & Learn, intended for women who crave learning, deepening, and accountability around our public voice and/or thought leadership goals.

On November 12, 2015 at Creative Coworking, I hosted a She Writes Press Tour stop in Chicago!

On June 29, 2015, at Creative Coworking, I hosted a She Writes Press Spring Book Tour event in coordination with The Book Cellar. Featured artists were Barbara Stark-Nemon, Paolina Milana, Carol Merchasin, and Kamy Wicoff.

On May 19, 2015, at Creative Coworking, I moderated a longtime educator Laurie Levy and clinical and developmental psychologist Alissa Chung for a frank discussion of everything parents wanted to know about kindergarten…but were afraid to ask at the Open House.


On February 21, 2015, Girl Meets Voice presented MidWinter Slam. Speakers and performers included: Susanne Dumbleton, Laurie Levy, Christine Mortensen, Katy Hansell, Becca Nelson, Kelly Richmond Pope, Melissa W. Shoemaker. Muscial guests included Judy Higgins and Maria McCullough. The evening also honored leaders in our realm who have lifted and supported women in finding their voices, including: Veronica Arreola, Carolyn Bronstein, Jeffrey Meeuwsen, Katie Orenstein, Rheana Rios, Angela McHaney Valavanis, Michele Weldon, and Kamy Wicoff.


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