About Us

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Live the Story

     

INSPIRED! is a celebration of self-expression featuring storytelling and more. Each show features five performers who will read or tell stories, poems, essays or fiction. A piece of art from Gallery Seven that illustrates a part of the writer’s piece will be displayed during the show.  


Producers: Lisa Colleen and Barbara Eberhard

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When is it Happening

     

INSPIRED! takes place on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 with our musician soothing your souls then at 7 p.m. our FAB FIVE  storytellers share their tales. 


  • (art)INSPIRED! live lit is not recommended for children under 16 years of age.

December Show

Where is it Happening

INSPIRED! is held at the Public Landing Restaurant or Gallery Seven in the historic Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois 60441


  • For a tasty treat...Come early and have dinner at the Public Landing Restaurant

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Tuesday, September 3rd

Five Fab Storytellers

6:30 Our Musician = Mike Zigrossi...7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, September 3rd

Five Fab Storytellers

 Lisa Colleen, Amy Curtis,Tom Hernandez,   Kyna Lenhof, 

Huy Nguyen

Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story. 


Amy Curtis is a local real estate agent, a student of writing and storytelling, and a regular participant in the Art Inspired Live Lit Classes. She believes stories connect us. In telling our stories we remind one another we’re not alone. 


Tom Hernandez is a writer, public speaker, performer and communications professional. Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Tom has been writing personally and professionally since childhood. His writing explores the many complicated facets of life — marriage, family, relationships, identity, aging, parenting, faith, social justice and politics. Tom has published four books of poetry, essays and fiction. He and his wife, Kellie have two adult daughters and welcomed their first grandchild in 2018. They live in Plainfield, Illinois.


Kyna Lenhof is the host and co-producer of the monthly variety show and podcast, This One Woman. She is a stand-up comedian, storyteller, improviser and all-around great gal and can be seen at shows such as Serving the Sentence, the kates, The Fillet of Solo Festival, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.


Huy Nguyen is an actor/writer/director originally from the Pacific Northwest where he studied drama at the University of Washington before making Chicago his artistic home. He believes that art should be accessible to anyone with an open heart and free mind.

6:30 Our Musician = Mike Zigrossi...7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, October 1st

ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

6:30 p.m. - Our Musician...7:00 p.m. SIX Stunning Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, October 1st

ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

Celebrating our ONE Year Anniversary!!! With Six Stunning Storytellers teaming up with artists from "artitude"!!! 


Storytellers- Rachal Brooks, Amy Burrows, Lisa Colleen, Amy Curtis, Jill Howe, and Eunice Jarrett!  


Members of "artitude"- Mary N. Carnahan, Barbara Eberhard, Mary T. Ehrler, Joe Hadamik, Robert Ryan, Michael Veltman.



“Writing poetry and stories gave me the voice I never realized I had. My poems and writing are evidence of living, healing, falling, and rising - shared to help others do the same. I’m a runner, writer, listener, occasional farmer, and adventurer. I love all kinds of music, traveling and being near the water.” 

-Rachal Brooks


Amy Burrows is back on the live lit stage . Amy would like to thank INSPIRED! live lit's storytelling classes.


Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story.    


Amy Curtis is a local real estate agent, a student of writing and storytelling, and a regular participant in the Art Inspired Live Lit Classes. She believes stories connect us. In telling our stories we remind one another we’re not alone. 


Jill Howe is the producer of Story Sessions, a showcase featuring true stories and live music. Jill has facilitated her monthly storytelling group Friends with Words for the last seven years, organizes and teaches Story Sessions writing retreats, and presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling. She shares her stories at bars and theaters all around Chicagoland. Also, after recently becoming a resident storyteller at The Field Museum, she develops kid-friendly true stories about beloved animals who need to have their memories dusted off.


Eunice Jarrett is a retired public school teacher, proud mother of 2 adult sons, and ex-wife of more, who engages in stand-up comedy, storytelling and public speaking.  She is a member of Kates comedy organization and has performed for audiences in Illinois, Michigan and various Indiana venues.  She is proud to say she is almost as funny as her 96-year-old mother.


"artitude" is a group of artists that have come together to exhibit their vision of our world.


The Six Storytellers are writing stories based on the work of the artists of "artitude"



6:30 p.m. - Our Musician...7:00 p.m. SIX Stunning Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

The Magic of Storytelling

Class 1- Thursdays-August 29-September 19

Seek Your Stories

  • Unearth the stories you want to tell, the stories that have shaped you into the amazing person you are today. We will use a variety of methods to discover your stories in a creative, safe and supportive environment. You will leave this class with a list of stories you want to explore.

Class 2-Thursdays-September 26-October 17

Shape Your Stories

  • Shape your stories so they honor who you were then and who you are now. This class helps you answer the question: Why are you telling this story now? We will explore different writing techniques with the goal of telling each story in its own unique way. 

Class 3- Thursdays-October 24-November 14

Share Your Stories

  • Share your Stories! The world needs to hear them! This class will give you many opportunities to tell your stories and receive helpful, caring feedback to empower you to share your unique life experiences with others.

Sign Up: Seek/Shape/Share

  • You can sign up for one, two or all three classes.  Cost: $50 each or all three for $125!!! Contact us below if interested!  Classes are held on the 2nd floor of the Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. Classes begin at 7 p.m.

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Read the Fabulous story about INSPIRED! live lit in the Herald News!            and...                 in the Lockport Legend!



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If you have questions contact Lisa Colleen or Barbara Eberhard at

inspiredlivelit@gmail.com

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