Meet “Stick Together” Storyteller Dannie M. Olguin

In a searing story of family dysfunction and sibling love, author Dannie M. Olguin revisits a haunting past. On Valentine’s Day evening, come learn about her #StickTogether journey to forgiveness and healing. 

Dannie M. Olguin is an introverted writer who peoples through busy days by acting like an extroverted character. When she’s isn’t selling and eating tacos, you can find her hanging with her husband and son, or banging her head against the keyboard while her dog and cat cuddle and silently judge her.

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Penelope Taylor

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With her detailed descriptions of cakes and cupcakes galore, freelance writer Penny Taylor had many in the audience wishing for actual dessert! Spinning tales of her life’s ups and downs and the many sumptuous concoctions along the way, she concluded, “There’s something I will always insist on: There must be cake.”

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Penelope Taylor

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While she wasn’t necessarily doted on 364 days out of the year, Penelope Taylor’s birthdays always meant scratch-baked cakes from her mother. Next month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to describe how’s she’s continued the tradition with her own daughter. 

The middle child of three sisters. Penelope Taylor was born in New York and lived in Manhattan for several years, but she’s been an adopted Texan since 1990. She’s the proud Mom of a beautiful daughter who’s a junior at Texas State. She’s a non-fiction writer, theater and music lover, foodie and avid traveler.

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Oral History: “Train Wreck”

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For the second show of Season 4, seven Dallasites took the Oral Fixation stage to bare their souls and invite the audience into the times in their lives that were as messy and unsettled as a train wreck. Their performances, however, were anything but. In fact, that first night at the Wyly was a dazzling display of heart and bravery.

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The second night, at The Texas Theatre, was no less than that. The wild ride of emotions was certainly well-worth the trip. We laughed. We cried. We felt compassion and empathy. We are thankful to a cast who dared to share and reminded us that life goes on even after it goes off the rails.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nan Kirkpatrick

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She is obsessed with Golden Girls and knows more about Scientology than probably anyone you know who is not a member of the church (she even once went as L. Ron Hubbard for Halloween). For the second show of Oral Fixation Season 4, Nan Kirkpatrick shares how she first began to realize that she is an alcoholic.

Nan Kirkpatrick is in two Dallas bands (Frauen and Little Beards), on a podcast called Secretly Timid, and the executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund. When she isn’t working or jamming, she’s worrying about sinkholes.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Caroline North

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She finds a weird sort of wisdom in the HBO show The Life & Times of Tim, and next month she will share a story about the wisdom that took hold of her while she was on a train ride to visit her addict half-brother in Oral Fixation’s second show of Season 4.

Caroline North was born and raised in Dallas. In 2010, she graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English. Since then she has lived and drank in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and New Haven, Connecticut. She now resides in Oak Cliff, where she’s a barista at The Wild Detectives and a freelance writer for the Dallas Observer.

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“Ducks in a Row” featuring Valerie Grimes

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Storyteller: Valerie Grimes

Valerie Grimes shares how a dark time in her personal life led to an unexpected second act in her career.

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