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Episode 16: J.W. Basilo, Plus Your Brain On Paper Vs. Screen

Episode 16: J.W. Basilo, Plus Your Brain On Paper Vs. Screen

Our guest, J.W. Basilo, is a guy who never learned how to shut up. He is also a writer, performer, playwright, comedian, musician, and educator from Chicago whose work is equal parts poignant and perverse, hilarious and heart-wrenching. His often raucous stage act, a Vaudevillian mash-up of poetry, music, comedy and storytelling, has earned him a reputation as one of the more sought-after and compelling spoken word artists working today. Basilo is a National and World Poetry Slam finalist, a PushCart Prize Nominee, Executive Director of Chicago Slam Works, one half of Poetry/Comedy duo Beard Fight (with Dan Sully), and an Artist in Residence at Real Talk Avenue. His work has appeared on NPR, CBS, WGN, in the Chicago Tribune, numerous literary journals, and in hundreds of theaters, dive bars, prisons, schools and comedy clubs across the world. His first solo play, No One Can Fix You, debuted in 2009 to rave reviews in Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. When not on stage or banging his

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