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ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers 
Membership Directory 2019


Agnes Armour

Edith C. Armstrong (Mama Edie)

Beverly Bennett

Marcia Ann Berry

Baba Tony Brown

D. Kucha Brownlee

Janice Burnett

Joyce R. Cohen

Alice Collins

David Daniels

Stephanie Davenport

Veronica Omiyale' DuPart

Andrea Fain

Sharon Flannagan

Velma Gladney

Dolores Gordon (Ms Dee)

Henry Harmon (Baba Mondrea)

Loretta Hawkins (Firekeeper)

Gwendolyn Hilary (Gwen)

Emily Lansana

Talle Laosebikan

Virginia Lathan

Muteeat Lawal (Firida)

Charlotte Owen (Mama Cat)

Patricia Redd (Serenity)

Dhamana Shauri

Paula Smith

Joanne E. Thomas

Bobbiette Turner (DocBT)

Sandy Vincent

Joyce Wasner

Lorenzo Young (Storyman)


Ifeni Akinbusuy

Layla Akinbusuy

Owen Charles

Khalilah Muhammad

Sajdah Muhammad

Ari Lasana

Brooks Lasana

Destiny Preston

Afua Rashid

Dumisani Rashid

Kandake Rashid

Alaric Rylon

Javadia Rylon

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The November conference pre-festival gala is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.