Meet The Performers of Lit Up! Part 2

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!
Now, let’s continue with our lineup of readers and drinkers!

Our next performer is Alicia Swiz!


Alicia is a professor, performer and professional feminist. A Jersey girl in Chicago by way of North Carolina, Alicia holds an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies and a BA in Sociology. She is committed to raising awareness of feminism and women’s issues through humor, candid observation and being really smart.

Drawing from her personal experience and her academic training, Alicia facilitates conversations about feminism, gender, sex and pop culture. As a brand ambassador for Smear Campaign Cosmetics, Alicia is the founder of SlutTalk, a performance and dialogue that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity. She is a writer of feminist rants, raves and film critiques for The Frisky, Role Reboot and Huffington Post Chicago, among others. A graduate of Feminine Comique, Alicia has performed at The Kates, Fillet of Solo, Under the Gun Theater and more.

Our next DWWPer to take the stage is Conor Cawley!


Conor is a comedian, writer and world-renowned sweetheart. He is a producer of Rat Pack Comedy; a writer at Drinker’s With Writing Problems; and has hosted charity events, open mics, and hash-brown eating contests all over Chicago. He has also had the pleasure of performing in the Hoboken Comedy Festival. During his free time, Conor likes to worry about whether or not people know that he can’t correctly pronounce the word “colloquially.”

Our last performer for the evening will be Bea Cordelia!


A Chicago-born slam poet, performer, playwright, essayist, and researcher, Bea uses her writing and academia for transgender activism and other forms of social change. Six of her plays have been produced to date and many of her poems and essays published.

Most recently, she she was chosen to perform her autobiographical one-lady play Chasing Blue in The Brick Theater’s Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn; self-published her first chapbook of poetry, 28.06 // Dear Sylvia; featured at the Green Mill, Victory Gardens, OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling, Salonathon, Homolatte, Sappho’s Salon, and in The Fly Honey Show; was a winner of the Goodman Theatre’s New Play Bake-Off; and wrote an award-winning thesis on the intersection of body image and law in the German transgender community at Northwestern University.

And the whole thing will be hosted by everyone’s favorite DWWPer, Elizabeth Gomez!


Elizabeth Gomez is the founder of Drinkers with Writing Problems and the Windy City Rollers, Chicago’s favorite roller derby league. She is a comedian, writer, and experienced napper. Not only does she love to write, she also loves good looking people. She’s performed at the Laugh Factory, Women’s Funny Festival, the Kates and many other showcases throughout the city. Elizabeth aspires to die at an old age snuggling a glass of bourbon.

Come to Brisku’s Bistro to meet these and many other readers, writers and drinkers for a Friday night you won’t soon forget!

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