Sean Bair-Flannery is a comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central, Sirius Radio, NPR and more. He is the creator and producer of the popular story-telling show
“The Blackout Diaries” and his debut book, "Places I Can't Return To", will be available in June 2022.
Sean can often be found behind the bar at the Galway Bay Pub on Chicago’s north side. He does NOT work there.
Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance Award. Shannon has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including TEDx, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and upcoming film projects.
He hosts his own long-running storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories. Shannon also hosted two other podcasts -The Trouble with Shannon Cason (WBEZ) & In Good Company Detroit. His storytelling has been featured in the anthology, The Moth Presents: All These Wonders.
Lily Be is a Chicago westside born and raised award-winning storyteller. Lily Be is the first Latinx winner of a Moth GrandSLAM championship. Creator and producer of Stoop Style Stories formerly The Stoop and Education Director at Story Collider.
Lily Be is a huge advocate for the marginalized and a lot of her storytelling work is centered around helping people discover their voices and be heard. Lily has taught at Second City and colleges and universities worldwide. Her calling to connect and serve has been a longstanding motivation for the work that she does and continues to do. Storytelling has the power to shape, transform, and save lives and Lily Be is living proof. Stoopstylestories.com for more info.
Archy Jamjun is a storyteller and co-curator of Outspoken LGBTQ Stories at Sidetrack. He is a two-time winner of The Moth Grand Slam in Chicago and has been featured on Best of Risk! Podcast. He is a server, guncle, and cat dad.
Alison Flowers is a journalist and producer. In 2021, her audio reporting was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the 7-part investigative podcast “Somebody” about the 2016 murder of Courtney Copeland. “Somebody” received many other honors, including a National Magazine Award/Ellie, the Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Radio/Podcast Coverage, Best Audio Documentary from the International Documentary Association, a National Headliner Award, a Gracie Award, 2020 Third Coast International Audio Festival Award for Best Serialized Story and topped the list of Rolling Stone’s “Best Podcasts of 2020.” The podcast was also first on The New York Times’ list of “true crime podcasts at the intersection of race,” and #2 on The Atlantic’s “The 50 Best Podcasts of 2020.”
Alison’s work has appeared in The Guardian, TIME, The Village Voice, VICE, The Intercept, The Daily Beast, Chicago Reader, and she is a two-time winner of the Hillman Foundation’s Sidney Award. In 2019, Alison co-produced the Emmy-winning SHOWTIME documentary “16 Shots” on the police killing of Laquan McDonald.