Story of the Year 2017, Thank You, and Farewell

We have a couple things to say – first, we’re excited to announce the nominees for our Story of the Year Contest!   The editors picked five stories that were our favorites of the year. These are stories that each showcase the visceral, open nature of live lit and demonstrate how the art of performance is pushing creative nonfiction in exciting new directions. So who wins? It’s up to you. You read, you vote, you decide. Voting takes place now through Monday, January […]

Brooke Allen

Birth Order | Brooke Allen

“You must be the oldest of your siblings,” people say when I’m being bossy and trying to schedule social events three months ahead of time. “You must be the middle child,” people say when I’m feeling melancholy and mopey and like no one really gets me. “You’re obviously the baby in your family,” people say when I’m acting silly or hedonistic or a little bit entitled. “Are you an only child?” I’ve been asked once or twice, when people see […]

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The Zimm Sisters | Rachel Oscar

Rachel Oscar is the Director of Programming and Community Engagement for Campus District, Inc., a community development organization in Downtown Cleveland. She recently received a Masters of Urban Planning and Development from Cleveland State University in May 2017. Rachel graduated from Kenyon College in 2011 with a BA in history before returning to school worked for Case Western Reserve University. Rachel loves hiking and in the summer of 2016 hiked the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If […]

Jasmine Davila

The Other Woman | Jasmine Davila

Originally told at Miss Spoken on August 30, 2017. You can read the full text of Jasmine’s story here. Jasmine Davila has read in venues small and medium sized for shows such as Funny Ha Ha, Feminist Happy Hour, Tuesday Funk, 20×2, and Essay Fiesta. She tweets, tumbls, and instagrams as @jasmined. If you liked this story, help support Story Club Magazine with a donation. Just $10 helps pay our contributors.

Théodore Pavlich

Why I Don’t Use Arnica | Théodore Pavlich

Théodore Pavlich is a Cleveland-based writer and theatre artist. He hopes to hear and tell as many stories as possible in his time on this earth, in addition to petting as many dogs as the limits of time, space, and introversion will allow. Most days, you can find him doing one of these three things at the various local coffee shops on the near west side. You can find his writing, fiber arts, and shameless self-promotion at If you […]

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Gifts | Margaret Dunn

I bought my mother a vibrator. It’s not what you think. I was 25, so fresh out of college I still had that new B.F.A smell clinging to my clothes. I had recently been dumped by the love-of-my-life-du-jour, a hippie who left me for a woman already four months pregnant with some other redneck’s kid. Classy. I had moved to Seattle to intern with the Seattle Repertory Theatre and found a whole new world of women — intellectual women, activist […]

Ian Whippie

The Crazy Scotsman | Ian Whippie

Ian Whippie hails from the distant land of New Hampshire, which is famous for its trees and alcoholism (it’s all the alcoholic trees). He studied creative writing at Colby-Sawyer College with the ambition of writing fiction, but was told by his Memoir-Writing professor that he was a nonfiction writer, which he took in stride. With deep roots in Improv and College/Community theater and his recent relocation to the far and distant shores of Lake Erie he naturally became involved in […]

Red Hot Letters | LeeAnn Yops

LeeAnn Yops (long “O” in that “Yo”) is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian, storyteller and writer originally from Wisconsin. She’s your go-to guide for all thing 80s and 90s related. LeeAnn is the creator of the website BH9021WHOA, the site that’s better than a Mega Burger about everyone’s favorite teen drama zip code. When she’s not busy gushing over Luke Perry, she also runs a monthly storytelling show about music called Appetite for Rock n’ Roll Storytelling. You can catch Appetite […]