Welcome to the Neighborhood: Nestor Gomez, Ben Tanzer, Britt Julious, Clarence Browley and Zoe Zolbrod with emcees and co-curators Rachel Hyman and Paul Dailing

Saturday, June 11, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

South Loop Stage

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Welcome to the Neighborhood is an itinerant reading series that brings together writers and performers to spin stories and tell tales about Chicago neighborhoods from Bronzeville and Humboldt Park to Austin and Uptown. Past venues have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Book Expo, and the Studs Terkel Festival.


Ben Tanzer

Ben Tanzer is the author of the award-winning books Orphans and Lost in Space, the short story collections The New York Stories and Sex and Death and the forthcoming sort of memoir Be Cool, among others. He can be found online at tanzerben.com the center of his vast lifestyle empire.


Zoe Zolbrod

Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling and the novel Currency. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she is the Sunday co-editor. She lives in Evanston with her husband and children.


Brittany Julious

Britt Julious is a journalist, essayist and critic. She currently writes the Local Sounds column for the Chicago Tribune and contributes regularly to The Guardian, Esquire, Pitchfork, and Chicago Magazine. Buzzfeed named her one of the "20 Most Amazing Role Models for Ambitious Twentysomethings."


Clarence Browley

I am a storyteller, and all around nerd, who co-hosts a storytelling show called the stoop, every last Thursday of the month, at Rosa's lounge.


Rachel Hyman (Emcee)

Rachel Hyman is a writer and co-creator of the reading series Welcome to the Neighborhood, where Chicago writers spit stories about their necks of the woods. Her poetry chapbook "Dear S" came out on Big Lucks in 2015.


Paul Dailing (Emcee)

Paul Dailing co-created the reading series Welcome to the Neighborhood, where Chicago writers spit stories about their necks of the woods. He writes the blog 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, a modern version of the 1920s Chicago Daily News column. He runs Chicago Corruption Walking Tours, telling vanished stories of crooked politics.


Nestor Gomez

Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and has called Chicago his home for the last twenty five years. He started telling stories as a way to get over his stuttering. Nestor holds the record for the most Chicago The Moth Slam wins.