Mike Stephen talks with: Chicago Pen Show partner Paul Conterato about their mutual love of pens and the popularity of writing utensils; Chicago Writers Conference founder Mare Swallow about what to expect from this year’s spectacular Bad Poetry Night event; and jorsTAP Chicago artistic director and founder Kendra Jorstad about pushing the creative barriers in tap dancing and their new show Abstraction. Meanwhile, we discuss Mike’s experience speaking at the NISPA (Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association) Conference yesterday. This week’s local music is provided music provided by Ryland Foxx. Future OTL host Mike Stephen proudly displays a small portion of his vast pen and mechanical pencil collection. [circa 1989 or 1990] To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.