Meet The Performers of Lit Up! Part 1

Drinkers with Writing Problems is excited to announce our new monthly live lit show: Lit Up!

 The show will highlights some of Chicago’s most creative writers and performers, along with some of your favorite DWWP’ers. We feature all genres of writing from first person narrative to young adult fiction to poetry to whatever the writer decides to share with us. You can meet the first batch of performers here and see them at Brisku’s Bistro in Albany Park, Chicago on Friday, March 25th!

Our first performer is Nestor Gomez!


Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala. He moved to Chicago in the mid-80’s and told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam hoping to finally get over stuttering. He won the Slam that night and has not stopped telling stories since. Now, he is an eight time Chicago Moth Slam winner, two time Milwaukee Moth Slam Winner and March 2015 Chicago Moth Grand Slam winner.

Our next performer is original DWWP member, Anita Mechler!


Anita is a librarian & archivist by day and a writer right before a deadline. She has told stories at Story Lab, You’re Being Ridiculous, for the Self-Publisher’s of Chicago, Story Corps, The Cat Diaries, Is This a Thing?, and Stoop-Style Stories. In her free time, she likes to avoid writing, doing the dishes, and laundry by rubbing elbows with colleagues in her field, hanging out with her cat, watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries while in the bath, dreaming about the Mutter Museum, and day drinking.

Our next performer is Jac Jemc!


Jac is the author of The Grip of It, forthcoming from FSG Originals in 2017. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and her collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time (Dzanc Books) was named one of Amazon’s best story collections of 2014. She edits nonfiction for Hobart.

Your next performer is DWWP darling, Jeff Phillips!


Jeff is a washed up high school varsity cross country skier and store front theater method actor. He is the Co-founder of Zizobotchi Papers, a literary journal dedicated to the novella, where in 2015 he published his title Probiotic Hot Sauce.

Remember, the show takes place in Albany Park in Chicago at Brisku’s Bistro on Friday, March 25th at 8pm! A $10 suggested donation will be accepted and you won’t be disappointed! Check back in a few days for the rest of our lineup of reckless writers and bar stool bards!

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