If you live in Chicago and you don't already know about 2nd Story, you should. It's an amazing collective of folks that "believes in the power of storytelling to change the world." They deal in storytelling in all its aspects, but mostly as an art that works in conjunction with, but often transcends, the page. Now, with the help of Elephant Rock Books, comes this totally rad anthology. Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story draws from 10 years of 2nd Story performances to bring you 23 of the best. These stories are funny or raw or sad or all of the above, often provoking tears of every variety. We recommend we read them aloud to your friends....
But wait! First, you have to hear three of the contributors read (perform) their pieces at Book Cellar!
Originally from Kent, Ohio, Matt Miller is a Chicago based stage director, teacher, and long-suffering Indians fan. His stories have been heard at The Moth (Story Slam Winner, February 2010), Essay Fiesta, Write Club!, and 2nd Story where he is an emeritus company member. You can stalk him appropriately here: www.mattmillerdirect.com
Julie Ganey has worked as a writer and actress in Chicago for 20 years, and her original solo shows The Half-Life of Magic and Love Thy Neighbor…till it hurts have received multiple productions in the Chicago area. In the classroom, Julie is an arts educator for students of all ages through the Goodman Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, and Raven Theatre, and her bullying prevention program, Stand Up on the Schoolyard, has been presented to students and educators within the Chicago Public School system and across the country. Julie is a company member and the Director of Education for 2nd Story.
Kim Morris earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and her BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications. She’s written short plays included in Theatre Seven of Chicago’s “Yes, This Really Happened to Me” and “We Live Here” (nominated for a Jeff Award, Best New Work). Her work has been performed in New York as part of Bohemian Archaeology’s “Holidays Uncorked” and “BOOzy: An Evening of Spirits and Storytelling.” She’s performed her stories at Victory Gardens Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Strawdog Theatre, and many other venues in Chicago. She wrote and performed original pieces for the Fillet of Solo festival in 2010 and 2011, performed a devised ensemble piece for the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival, and wrote and performed a solo show for the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival. She’s a company member of 2nd Story. Check out Power Love for more: www.power-love.blogspot.com.