Surviving the Next Step: Stories of Finding Our Own Paths

It’s the feeling of trying to navigate through the ocean, being met with immense resistance in every direction. We’ve all been there. Whether you’re trying to cope with the death of yet another grandmother, or being shamed by your doctor for your life decisions – we are each presented with a choice. We can live our lives how everyone else always has, following their well-tread footsteps, or we can carve out new paths to unknown destinations. Join us this June as we celebrate moments of staying true to our own course and finding peace at the other end.

For the second year in a row, 2nd Story will be at The Teal Room at Pub 626 in Rogers Park for one full weekend every month. Tickets available online or at the door. See you there!

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The Storytellers

Cameron Pentimone

Cam earned their BFA in Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and is proud to be a Company Member and Graphic Designer with 2nd Story. Previously, they have been a layout designer for the Chicago-based magazine, Newcity, a teaching assistant at the Hyde Park Art Center's summer creativity camps for children, and developed promotional materials for Cabinalysis, a show written and performed by Dr. Lawrence Kerns at the Minnesota and Chicago Fringe Festivals.  When they're not designing, writing, or doodling in their sketchbooks, they can usually be found eating pizza and re-watching episodes of Daria.

Lindsey Wright

Lindsey Wright is a storyteller, comic book writer and college student working toward her BA in Fiction at Columbia College Chicago. She is set to graduate in 2018. Lindsey started her storytelling career through writing fanfiction online, her stories online have over 20,000 views and she is releasing a horror/fantasy comic book called Drain in the fall of 2017. When it comes to nonfiction, Lindsey loves to write stories that combine social justice with mythology and fantasy. She also loves the character Loki and Mac & Cheese.

Paula Carter

Paula Carter

Paula Carter is the author of the forthcoming essay collection No Relation. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, and Southern Humanities Review. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was the Darrell Burton Fellow in Creative Writing and fiction editor for the Indiana Review.

Vince Pagan

Vince Pagan is a storyteller and freelance teaching artist whose work focuses on art for social change. Originally from Chicago, IL, Vince has led performance and storytelling workshops at theaters, in classrooms, and in prisons with organizations across the city and state including The Goodman Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Noble Street Charter Prep, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, and Victory Gardens.

About the Neighborhood Series

There is nothing like listening to a good story with great company and sharing drinks and food around the table. For over 17 years, 2nd Story has been offering up just that at venues throughout Chicago and beyond. Instead of finding one single new home for ourselves, we are always on the lookout to sow seeds in a variety of neighborhoods across the city. In pursuit of our vision of fostering community through the experience of sharing stories, we will host shows, workshops, and other events in each neighborhood. If you have a favorite neighborhood venue that you think would be great for 2nd Story, we'd love to hear about it. Drop us a line at!