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GPA TALKS featuring Lance Keeble

Lance Oliver Keeble resides in Los Angeles, California where he's worked a blue collar job for 30 years, an experience that helped shape his current style. A writer most his life, Lance is passionate for a variety of books, genres and authors. Lance Oliver Keeble's current work is a Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action Novel titled Globes Disease.

His new book:http://www.keebleink.com/purchasing-options.html

Introducing James Gordon on WickedCoolFlight

Thank you to Teresa Crumpton for the spotlight. https://wickedcoolflight.net/…/05/09/introducing-james-gor…/ Nominate James Gordon for Poetry Author of the Year, G.P.A. for Poet of the Year, and Pizzle Orgasm for Erotic Poet of the Year Link:http://www.thenationalpoetryawards.com/#!nominations/c1mxq

GPA TALKS featuring Joy Elan

Joy Elan is an author of five books (three poetry books, fiction novel, and one academic book). She is from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She received her BA degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley and her MA degree in Education at Stanford University. She won third place in Oakland's Got Talent in June 2014 for her spoken word piece, I'm A Survivor. She won the 2015 National Poetry Awards for Poetry Video of the Year of her performance of I'm A Survivor. She is currently working with youth in Oakland and Berkeley. Www.authorjoyelan.com

GPA TALKS featuring Vicki Eisenstein

Vickie Eisenstein is a well-versed, multidisciplinary comedian originally hailing from Chicago. A writer, actor, and filmmaker, she is as comfortable in front of a camera as behind a camera.

After graduating from Cornell University, Vickie spent over five years in China and South Korea, immersed in local languages and cultures. Thanks to her fluency in Korean, she ended up as a regular panelist on one of South Korea’s most popular talk shows. This led to her appearing on a variety of talk and variety shows, co-hosting a travel show, and acting in numerous reenactment shows and educational programs.

During her time in Korea, Vickie joined an expat improv troupe and found one of her greatest passions: improvisational comedy. Her passion sparked, she returned to Chicago where she graduated from the conservatory and writing programs at The Second City as well as from the improvisation program at iO Theater. She now performs improv, sketch, stand-up, and even theatrical productions like Shakespeare all over the city. She especially loves performing with her independent improv troupe, Improvised Jane Austen.

She also currently writes, directs, performs, produces, and edits a plethora of content for YouTube. She started off making short films and comedy sketches last year and it has been a successful venture. One of her short films, “School of Bricks”, was recently screened at the Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles. In addition, she hosts two shows: The Lunch Crunch and The Eisenstein Effect. The Lunch Crunch is a news satire show in the style of Weekend Update and The Eisenstein Effect is a hybrid podcast/YouTube interview show, in which Vickie interviews creative people about their passions and creative processes.

Links:

My YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/c/vickieeisenstein

My website: www.vickieeisenstein.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/VickieIronStone

Instagram: www.instagram.com/VickieIronStone

The Eisenstein Effect YouTube Show/Podcast:

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcMvjjHJa3XtgFYD5Hc4ql2mcDtMyEF3S Audio Podcast on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-eisenstein-effect/ Audio Podcast on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-eisenstein-effect/id1003686699

The Lunch Crunch Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcMvjjHJa3XtS3TBusmKRJYpyw3L-wXcc

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4344768

Improvised Jane Austen: http://www.improvisedjaneausten.com/

GPA TALKS featuring Jennifer Loiske

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She is a Teen/YA paranormal fiction author, with four exciting series available worldwide. The McLean Twins series for teen readers, the Immortal Blood series for mature young adult readers, the Blood Hunters series, also for mature young adults, which is a follow-up for the Immortal Blood series and is created by the readers’ requests, and the Shape Shifter series for anyone aged 16 and up. Jennifer’s stories are full of creatures of the night. Vampires, demons, witches, shape shifters… but even if they are mostly fiction you can find a hint of truth in every story. Jennifer loves to research, so every time she gets an idea or a new story she has a crazy Google session, looking for places, old myths, names, folklore, magical items… anything that could spice up her story and make it more real for the readers. Jennifer is also part of Authors For Charity, an international author alliance, and a team member of Epilepsy FI magazine. She is a pre-school teacher by profession.

Author links: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferLoiske https://twitter.com/jenniferloiske https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821849.Jennifer_Loiske http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Loiske/e/B0054QIXPY https://jenniferloiske.wordpress.com https://fi.pinterest.com/authorjloiske/ Jennifer Loiske; A, B, C

A – Age: 44 in real life, 20 in my dreams… B – Biggest fear? Losing my daughter to Epilepsy. Yep, hers is that severe. C – Cocktail: Mango Mojito D – Dream you last had? I moved to Miami… E – Every day starts with… Green smoothie. F – Favorite song: My Immortal by Evanescence G – Ghosts…are they real? Yes! H – Hometown: Naantali I – In love with anyone? Yes, for the last 25 years and hopefully at least the next 25 to come. J – Jealous? Not really. K – Killed someone? Does spiders count? L – Last time you cried? I cried like a river when I watched ‘Perks of being a wallflower’ a couple of weeks ago. M – Middle name: Louise N – Number of siblings: 3 O – One wish: Cure for my daughter. P – Person you last called? My husband Q – Question you’re always asked? How long have you lived in England? The answer: Zero days. I’ve spent months in England but never actually lived there. S – Song last sang? Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne T – Time you woke up? Did I wake up? I have insomnia so it’s hard to tell… U – Underwear color? Black. Always. V – Vacation destination: Miami W – Worst habit: I’m an evening guzzler… Y – Your favorite food? Chicken salad with avocado and feta cheese. X – X factor? Hmm…I have a mean imagination ;) Z – Zodiac sign: Pisces

Respect Artists and Authors

From the last two storytelling shows that I was privileged to be involved in as a feature, they both made it their business to either hand me some money at the end of the night, extend me a bar tab, buy a book, or all three. Now, this comes from the door cover or "passing the hat". Mind you, this isn't NBA salary money; that's not the point. Most of us do our respective "things" because we enjoy doing it. It feels darn good to be rewarded in some fashion. You never know what a few dollars does for a respective individual. I am not a hypocrite. At my own show, we pass the hat every month. I put money in to make sure the performers get something. And if someone has a product( book,cd, etc), I purchase one as well. Why? Because I have and haven't had it done for me. That is the reason performers come back to feature. On the flip side, artists do not leave the promotion strictly to the organizer or host of the event. Tell people!! This is especially true if the hat is being passed, part of the door goes to you, or just to build audience energy. In this, you see a cooperative relationship occurring that leads to profit, whether financial or otherwise. Books are not effin free! They aren't. It cost to get a cover made, editing, promotion, and so on. If you have an author as friend, don't ask for a free book. That is insulting. I personally pick certain reviewers to send my books to because I remember sending to books to a reviewing club in New York and never received a review for said book.(Yep, i said it). If you don't have the cost of the book, offer something to the author. That way, the author has a choice of whether to accept or deny. But really, just buy the book. Oh, leave a review as well. Gorgeously Yours, G.P.A. ‪#‎blog‬ ‪#‎blogging‬ ‪#‎respectartists‬ ‪#‎buybooks‬ ‪#‎supportauthors‬ ‪#‎GPATALKS‬ ‪#‎teamGPA‬

GPA TALKS featuring RYAN WRIGHT

Ryan Wright is a performer, writer, actor and musician. He will be sharing a piece he was inspired to write for his novel, Air Sicknesses based on "Bewitched." One of the main characters flies around the world collecting air sickness bags from airplanes. He has an unhealthy obsession with them and carries one around in his pocket like a safety blanket. “I like that space in the imagination, living there and seeing what turns out," Ryan says. "I see the novel as a place to invigorate my readers’ imagination." When he was nine, his parents started taking him on trips around the world. A new place every time and they'd stay a couple of weeks. Ryan pulls from these trips for his book. Music's the other medium he feels most at home. Ryan's part of the Chicago-based group The Crooked Mouth, a multi-talented group of like-mindeds "who have a serious commitment to being silly." Everyone's a writer, performer, and musician and when he gets onstage and plays, it's always "a moment of calm".

GPA TALKS featuring Angela Vela

Angela Vela performs at a variety of shows across Chicagoland including stand-up, storytelling, theater, and burlesque.Her unique style of stand-up comes from a combination of storytelling, people watching, cultural observations and personal experiences. For two years she produced the popular Sunday Night Sex Show and was the senior co-producer, comedy writer and musician for The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour. When not performing stand-up she is currently busy producing and hosting Chicago shows The Seven Deadly Sins, Chicago Comedy Transit, and Between the Sheets: The Love & Sex Variety Hour. Angela is also a senior member of Broad Shoulders Productions, where she produces, directs, writes and acts in sketches, short films and theater productions throughout the year. She has performed comedy at various showcases including Blackbox Comedy at The WIP Theater, The Blackout Diaries, 100-Proof Comedy, The Kates, and Vaudezilla, and was a returning headliner at this past year’s Chicago Women's Funny Festival.

GPA TALKS featuring Michael B.L.

Michael B.L. is a Chicago original. He bounced between the city and suburbs since he was a kid. “I started singing when I was about 7,” says Michael. “Got my first drum set when I was 8, my first guitar when I was 15 and I played my first show when I was 18.” That gig was at Poitin Stil in Rogers Park, no one showed up. His most recent show sold out. Singer, composer, guitarist. “I really like songs that continue,” he explains. “Stories … Instead of just writing a love song, I’ll come up with a scenario and write it from one of the characters’ perspectives.” Michael says he’s already got a few albums worth of songs written. He just needs to lay them down. He wants to make a living out of making people happy with his music.

GPA TALKS featuring Lindsay Gonzalez

Over the next few days, we will be featuring performers from the upcoming storytelling show "All of the Feels", with the theme "Bewitched" produced and hosted by Natasha Samreny

One of our favorite things about this show is gathering artists who bring such different perspectives, talents and experiences to one night. Lindsay Gonzales is one such gem. Connect with her on Twitter at @Lindsayglindsay:

Lindsay Gonzales moved to Chicago after performing comedy, theatre and improv in Boston for the better part of a decade. A stand-up commedienne, improviser and raconteuse, she is a 5 year veteran of the ImprovBoston Family Show, a weekly long-form improv show with improvised music and dance.

She has also performed improv, stand-up, theatre, and musical improv in 9 countries including England, Canada, France and Spain. She currently performs with Zephyr, a ComedySportz House Team, and Horchata, a Spanish-Speaking improv troupe that is perpetually casting, sí tu haces impro en Español.

She is currently in-process with workshops for an improvised physical theatre piece featuring an all-female troupe of improvisers and dancers for a show that will open this Spring.

Lindsay is directing an improvised physical theatre piece with a group of talented young actresses that will open in the spring. — with Lindsay Gonzales.