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We haven't scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there's one you can attend!

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Full Circle

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Born Jerry David Edwards, in Benton Harbor, MI at Mercy Hospital, Jerry has now returned to his birthplace for the sole purpose of helping the city he loves. He’s working to revitalize Benton Harbor and bring it back to its vibrancy.

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How to hide your art hoard from your significant other while staying in denial of your maladaptive coping strategy.

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Lori Masley is a Physical Therapist by profession and confirmed math/science geek who finds her creative balance in quilting. What began as an initial attraction to the geometry and precision of traditional quilt patterns soon turned in to an obsessive desire to accumulate fabric. The need to conceal the extent of her stash inspired further creativity in the task of hiding it from her long suffering husband who knows what's good for him.

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Candy: The Great Equalizer

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Jocelyn Geboy is a freelance writer and performer living in Albany Park. She's the creator of CHIRP Radio's story series "The First Time," and hopes to get a one woman show on the books by the end of the year. She's performed at a variety of places, including Listen To Your Mother, Resilient, and We Have Questions. You can currently find her at www.threeleftproductions.com, and all over the web @smussyolay (SMUH-SEE-OLAY).

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One way to Chaos

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Andrew Curran’s PK will take us inside an emotional vignette of a journey to combat... and more combat.. he will share how it has affected himself and others. He’s a city kid with a country heart. Fun trivia, he favors the left Twix bar but won’t turn down the right.

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Employment as a Spiritual Practice

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Andi Grabemeyer is a native Michigander living in Chicago for the past 7 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. She currently works as a Project Manager and Consultant and has a long professional history of leading organizations in partnership building, complex problem solving, and development. Personally she has long been an advocate of eliminating mental health stigma, human rights, and seeking deep spiritual connection in life.

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Kitchen Printmaking ...with Cats

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Linda Lyons is an artist, educator, roller derby skater, and runner. She is a Midwest transplant, originally from Maryland and is a lover of both the mountains and ocean. She is passionate about making, moving, and community. Some of her favorite things include old film cameras, tacos, photo booths, nature, carnivals, cabinets of curiosities, and Natural History Museums. Linda is a magnet for lost dogs and is excellent at making large alternative-process photographs and running very far.

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Well, That Was Unexpected!

@ VOL 17 ON JUN 06, 2019

Melanie Bizoe is a wife of 30 years, a mom to the most amazing kids and LOVES being a grandma! She is a Morning Show Co-Host and is forever grateful she has a story to tell.

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Photography as Art

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Nicolina Holt, an award winning photographer, earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a photojournalist, art teacher and photography instructor. She continues her fine art photography and is the Volunteer Coordinator at Krasl Art Center and the Community Relations Director at Holt Bosse. She works and resides in St. Joseph, Mich. with her family.



Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist


“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Lana DeFrancesco

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again.

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Ronnika Williams

    Ronnika (RJ) is a nail polish enthusiast, and storyteller. The children's book author is passionate about exploring the stories of those in the black community. Her multimedia documentary project (The Final 48 Project) discussing the journey of grief in the black community is sure to leave you speechless.