As an independent organization, the work put into Reacting Out Loud is contributed by individuals donating their time and resources generously. We greatly appreciate all they do for us, and would love for you to get to know them better.



Levi Todd is a queer poet and witness to the Chicago Renaissance. He has previously served as Literacy Intern for Open Books and Programming/Social Media Intern for the Poetry Center of Chicago. He is a Reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and his work is published or forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, thread, The Broken Plate , and anthologies from Blueshift Journal and Winter Tangerine. Learn more at

Executive Director


With a colorful background in graphic design and customer service, Jessica Carducci is an editor, writer, and multimedia storyteller. She has also been described as a professional nerd who enjoys short walks on the beach, hockey, space documentaries, and dead languages. Jessica has worked for publications such as a national literary magazine and a digital academic journal; she has dabbled in ancient history and interstellar travel.  And she has spent far too many years studying Latin.

Events Promoter


Audrey Bowers is an English Education major and Creative Writing minor at Ball State University. She currently resides in Muncie, Indiana. When she isn’t teaching or working with kids of all ages, she is either reading or writing creative nonfiction and poetry. She’s an introvert who loves feminism, coffee, and doggos.

Founding Funders

In April 2016, Reacting Out Loud held its first annual fundraiser to establish a budget for our programming and promotion. The following people made contributions at various levels.


Benjamin Slightom, Samantha Mayotte, Grace Barry, Riley Poynter, Katy Didden, Keeley Sorokti


Stuart Iseminger/Lisa Todd, Sue Sell, Rachel Johnston


Christina Thibodeau, Mary Pat Stemnock, Emily Mack, Gabriel Barr, Noah Todd, Brent Holden, Noel Cabanas, Mary Burton, Hannah Schneider, Michelle Kaufman


Mikaela Pieri