Thank you to everybody who attended or volunteered to make StorySlam, 2018 a great success! We are already planning for next year!

Hear stories of discovery, adventure and mishap told by consummate storytellers.
Enjoy food, drink and the company of friends.
Win fun and exciting raffle prizes.
Support our hard-working and deserving students.


Thank you to our 2018 host and featured storytellers

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Matt Baron - host

Matt is a self-described “recovering journalist.” He reported for the Chicago Tribune, Time, USA Today, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Along the way, he developed a mathematical literacy training program for journalists and a baseball statistic (the Home Run Power Ratio). He is the principal of Inside Edge: Public Relations & Media Services. 


Dag Juhlin

Dag has founded and/or played with  bands including The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering,The Greenwoods, Expo'76 and Sunshine Boys. He has also worked, played and performed with Steve Dahl.

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Britt julious

Britt is a writer, essayist, and storyteller with work featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, ELLE, and others. She currently pens a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune and contributes monthly to Chicago Magazine. She’s working on a collection of essays about overcoming trauma.

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Jackie Kotarba

One of five daughters raised by a single mother, Jackie was born and raised in Chicago in the Humboldt Park area. She started working at 13 years old to help the family pay for bills and food. 

After building experience in hotel and restaurant management positions, Jackie opened her own restaurant – La Parrillita in River Forest. Jackie and La Parrillita were recently featured on the Food Network show – The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

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Isaiah Makar

Isaiah Mākar is the Founder of Impact Mākars, which empowers employees to perform in high stress level working environments by teaching them transferable communication skills through spoken word poetry to humanize the workplace to create an engaging culture. Understanding how stress impacts our ability to communicate and perform at our best, Isaiah combined the experience of his mom’s stroke, being a caretaker, and spoken word poetry to use creativity to heal. For more details, visit 

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Nancy Baker

Nancy is the Executive Director of the Evanston Work Ethic Program, and former College Counselor for LINK Unlimited and Chicago Scholars. She has been a high school English instructor and a marketing professional for Boca Burger, Inc., Kraft Foods, and Arthur Andersen.  She enjoys being a mentor, writing and performing short stories at Here:Say in Traverse City, Michgan, travel, and putting a pastry chef certification to use for family and friends.