Sins of the Past
Constance Van Flandern: It's Not You, It's Me
When she was a kid, Constance Van Flandern believed she had found the key to popularity in a fortuitous Secret Santa drawing.
Constance is a Eugene, Oregon-based artist, writer, filmmaker, producer, and Alpha Mom. She was the art director for Uptight Citizens Brigade, and has the distinction of being the very first Slug Queen to perform on the 7DS stage.
Üma Kleppinger: It's Not You, It's Me
After a series of run-ins with infidelity with the men she was involved with, Üma Kleppinger decided to explore the question: was she the problem?
Üma is a professional writer, author, and creative director. In her pas lives she has been a social worker, a NYC bike messenger, gogo dancer, and yoga instructor. She is severely allergic to yoga now, and considers mountain biking her "practice."
Jennifer Foreman: The Alien Among Us
After a bizarre tarot card reading, Jennifer Foreman begins to question her place in the universe.
Jennifer is a writer, poet, and social worker living in Portland, Oregon. She originally hails from Wilmer, Texas. (Probably.)
Emmett Montgomery: The Cause
When he was just 24 years old, Emmett Montgomery got his first paid stand-up gig fighting for a cause -- just not the cause he thought.
Emmett is an artist, comic, film maker, and puppet maker. He was Seattle City Arts Magazine 2015 Artist of the Year, and in 2016 was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Emmett hosts Seattle’s Weird & Awesome with Emmett Montgomery show.
Andrew Dickson: Bank Shot
After living the starving artist lifestyle for a few years, performance artist Andrew Dickson decided to cash in and become the Used Car Salesman to the NBA Stars.
Andrew’s long list of job titles include host of The Moth Story Slam, auctioneer, performance artist, founding member member of the LOFI At Hifi Show, and Mad-Men-esque ad man.
Leann Johnson: Right of Way
The day she turned 55, Leann Johnson made a decision to see power differently.
By day, Leann is the diversity and inclusion guru with the Oregon Health Authority. By night, she performs improvisational storytelling at with Deep End Theater, Girls With Heads, and The Invite Portland. Leann has also worked with The Blackonteurs, a POC improve/storytelling group, at Portland’s first ever Black Comedy Festival.
Erika Worth: The Cost of Money
Erika Worth describes learning the true cost of love.
Erika Worth is a writer and private detective. She is also the Producer of ROAR, an all-women's storytelling show in Vancouver, Washington.
Shawn Levy: Of Checks and Balances
In the process of becoming the biographer to the iconic comedian and movie star Jerry Lewis, Shawn Levy is startled to find that he also becomes Lewis's nemesis.
Shawn Levy is the New York Times best selling author of King of Comedy, Dolce Vita Confidential, and Ready, Steady, Go! He's also thee author of The Last Playboy, 7DS's favorite biography about anyone ever.
Note: Due to technical difficulties the night of the performance, the audio in this video is a bit substandard. Apologies.
Oz du Soleil: Rattlers
When he was a young teenager, Oz du Soleil believed the path to becoming a man was learning to be more like his semi-estranged father. So Oz left his mom to go live with his dad, and in the process learned far more than he thought he would.
Oz du Soleil is a professional technology trainer who is literally flown all around the world by Microsoft to teach seminars on Excel. His also hosts the You Tube channel Excel On Fire.
Stephanie Lechner: We All Live In a Yellow Submarine
Stephanie Lechner on how the road to PTSD recovery sometimes takes you directly through a celebrity-driven cult.
Stephanie Lechner is a writer and storyteller. She works for Nike, and lives in Portland.
Carlos the Rollerblader: Portlandia for Beginners
When Carlos the Rollerblader moved to Portland, Oregon, he was not prepared for how weird -- or white -- his new city would be.
Carlos the Rollerblader is a comedian, painter, and performance artist originally from Maryland. He was one of the founding comedians in Portland's first all-people-of-color comedy festival, Black Laughs Matter. He also hosts the Free Advice Hotline via Carlos the Rollerblader.
Pat McCreery: The Bully
As a public school teacher, Pat is a 20 year veteran of eradicating ignorance in the suburbs of Portland. In doing so, he has culled inspiring, absurd, and unbelievable stories that collectively serve as a testament to the glories of living.
Erika Worth: Dancing Queen
Erika is a writer, artist, and private detective in Portland. She's currently working on her memoir Broken Bits and Glitter, from which this story was based.
Trigger Warning: Please note that this powerful story contains some graphic descriptions of sex, and acknowledges various types of sexual abuse.
Jeremy Lucas: The Voice of God
Jeremy Lucas was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and has lived in the Portland area for the past five years. Formerly a lawyer, currently a priest, he lived in New York City and Windhoek, Namibia before moving to the Pacific NW. Jeremy lives in SW Portland with his wife, daughter, two dogs and four fish and recently avoided jail after winning an AR-15 in a girl's softball raffle. Most Sunday mornings he can be found telling stories in Lake Oswego.