Broad Shoulders: The Maiden Podcast

by: Broad Shoulders

This is the first podcast of Broad Shoulders, a new collaborative podcast to showcase stories from across Chicago’s Live Lit community. Each month, the show invites performers from various Live Lit shows to come and read their work, and those performers are either chosen by the audience or the hosts of those shows themselves. For the first podcast, Essay Fiesta and Story Club hosts Keith Ecker and Dana Norris join podcast host Nico Lang to share their stories. Each of this month’s pieces share a central theme of how we deal with and adapt to change in our lives.

Join us next month when these three folks will be joined by Janna Sobel (from Essay Fiesta), Adam Guerino (from The Word is Out) and Andrew Marikis (from Story Club).

Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club, a monthly show for stories. She has served as the Nonfiction Editor and Managing Editor of TriQuarterly Online. She performs around Chicago with Mortified!The KatesEssay Fiesta, Stories at the Store, This Much is TrueBeast Women, Waiting for the Bus and Cafe Cabaret. Her stories have been published in Tampa Review, Partner Dance Press, and been featured on (89.5 FM). Dana received a Bachelors in Creative Writing and Religion and from Wittenberg University and a Masters in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago.  She has a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University.

Keith Ecker is the co-producer of Essay Fiesta, Chicago’s premier charitable live lit series. The show, now in its third year, benefits 826CHI and has welcomed nearly 100 artists and raised more than $5,000. Keith has performed his work around Chicago and beyond as an essayist and comedian. He is also a professional journalist and has written for such outlets as the Huffington Post and the A.V. Club. He is currently a contributing editor to the food-oriented site, The Snackpot.  To find out more about Keith or to contact him, visit

Nico Lang is the Co-Creator and Co-Editor of In Our Words and a graduate student in DePaul University’s Media & Cinema Studies program. Lang is a Change Coordinator for LGBT Change, the Co-Founder of Chicago’s Queer Intercollegiate Alliance and a film critic for HEAVEMedia, where he  talks about nerd stuff on a weekly podcast called Pod People. Nico is also a contributor at Thought Catalog and the Huffington Post and has been featured in the Washington PostChicago Tribune, the New Gay and on his mother’s refrigerator. Nico is poly, pansexual and genderqueer but really just identifies as whatever David Bowie is. Follow Nico on Twitter @GidgetLang or on the Facebook.

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