Thurs, July 19th, 7:30 p.m.

Women's bodies create life, nourish children, and can be a source of unlimited strength and compassion. Freckled. Dimpled. Pierced. Inked. Ebony. Alabaster. Caramel. Wrinkled. Smooth. Plump. Delicate. Vulnerable. Graceful. Strong. Every shade of beautiful. Our bodies are a bottomless well of inspiration. Why is something so incredible the source of pain for so many women? 

Come join us for the BODY show as we share courageous and heartfelt stories about our bodies. 



Carol Fischbach is a writer, a nurse, and a gattara—which is Italian for an older woman who cares for cats. (There was no Polish equivalent.)  Carol believes that life is an adventure of learning. She has defined herself as a “student” archetype with two Associate of Science degrees; two Bachelor’s degrees; and an MFA in creative writing. She was the oldest person in her nursing class and became an RN at age sixty-four.

Writing is the portal through which Carol pursues passion, education, friendships, and tribal longings. Her real writing began after workshops with Lidia Yuknavich, where she learned to write from her body and find her real voice.

Now she feels the slant of ageism and feels strongly that it is important to change current attitudes about aging in our culture. She is working with two amazing women, Leah Baer and Katie Guinn, on a project, Jouissance Sans Cesse, that deals with the issues of aging and sexuality. The need for intimacy never goes away, it just evolves and looks different over time, as do our bodies.

Carol has been published in Nailed Magazine, Oregon East, Tide Pools Literary Arts Magazine, and the Port Townsend Leader. She is currently working to transform her MFA thesis into a manuscript. She is an editor for the prose section of an online magazine, Voice Catcher.  She has done readings at Unchaste Readers, Burnt Tongue, Grief Rites and did her first performance at the first ever ROAR.


Elina Lim is a queer, immigrant, woman of color, storyteller and founder of Invisible Spectrum Stories ( ) which features storytellers of color in Portland. She founded the Singapore Story Slam, and has told stories around the PDX circuit, including Back Fence PDX, The Mystery Box, and Tender Table.

She also dances swing and fusion, works at a fancy ad agency, loves animal facts and tries to live a life that her seven year old self would be proud of. So far, her seven year old self is pretty stoked. 


Born in Romania, Irina and her family moved here when they won the Visa Lottery in 2001. After graduating from the University of Washington, Irina moved to Vancouver, WA and started her photography business specializing in weddings and female portraits. 

Irina loves to empower women to love and see themselves in a new light. She believes every woman deserves to have beautiful portraits, and that there is no wrong way to be a woman. 

In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, hike, and most importantly spend time with her favorite human being, her five year old daughter, Dani. 

You can find out more about her work here:


Jo Case is a born and raised Portlander, a rare breed. She was brought up in the arts, and attended an art focused alternative high school. With little interest in conventional education, she found her voice through experience and building community from the heart.


She found her place in the body art community in 2004 and is a successful piercer and shop operator of Robot Piercing and Tattoo in PDX. ROBOT was born out of a desire to bring body art back to its roots -- beauty and self expression through adornment.


With a connection to the sacred, she guides her clients on their journey of self expression with compassion and care. Her truest passion is to empower and encourage people to live their most authentic lives.  She is  currently pursuing a few physical disciplines: Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and Olympic weight lifting. And hopes in time to be able to provide self defense training to the people in her communities.


Nadeera is as passionate about writing as she is about life. Born and raised in Barbados, her love for words and stories was apparent from early childhood. She would spend hours immersed in books, and she soon started making up stories of her own.


In 2012, Nadeera lost her sight due to glaucoma/surgical complications. Since then, she has been determined to challenge the age-old stereotypes on disability one encounter at a time. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with her husband and daughter. She is currently a student at the Oregon Commission for the Blind.