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Theresa Okokon is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist. A Wisconsinite living in New England, she is a writer, a storyteller, and the co-host of Stories From The Stage. In addition to writing and performing her own stories, Theresa also teaches storytelling and writing workshops and classes, coaches other tellers, hosts story slams, and frequently emcees events for nonprofits. An alum of both the Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator programs at GrubStreet, Theresa's memoir in essays about memory, family stories, and the death of her father -- WHO I ALWAYS WAS-- is slated for publication with Atria Books at Simon & Schuster in February 2025.

Theresa's essays (and bathroom selfies!) have appeared in midnight & indigo, ELLE, the Independent, WBUR's Cognoscenti, and Her essay Me Llamo Theresa, published by Hippocampus Magazine and nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize, was named among the Top Essays of the Week by Longreads and The Rumpus.

Theresa Instagrams gorgeous cocktails, food porn, and pics about Blackness, fatness, and her very cute senior dog at @ohh.jeezzz. She believes very seriously in capitalizing the B in Black and the W in White, and you can read more about that here, with Kwame Anthony Appiah.


Stories From The Stage

"YOLO! White Water Rafting in Ecuador"

Expressing Motherhood

"My Hair"

Find more videos here:
  • YouTube

Fugitive Stories

"The Rocking Chair"


Risk! Podcast

"At Least I Want to Try"


atac Process Talk

"Using Audio to Edit the Written Word"

GBH Ask the Expert

"Storytelling with Cheryl Hamilton, hosted by Theresa Okokon"

To reach me about writing, teaching, coaching, hosting, or other professional endeavors:

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