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New York, NY - Diagnosis

  • Caveat 21A Clinton Street New York, NY 10002 USA (map)

This month at Caveat we present five true, personal stories about the struggle of getting a diagnosis, from trouble with insurance to arguing with doctors, and from self-diagnosis to diagnosing others.

Hosted by Paula Croxson and Tracy Rowland. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Kate Greathead is a 9-time Moth Storytelling Slam champion. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair, and on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour. She was a subject in the American version of the British Up documentary series. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Teddy Wayne. Her first novel, Laura & Emma, was published in March 2018.


Raised in the Bronx, Brooklyn’s David “Dave” Hu overcame his fear of public speaking by taking a storytelling class in 2013. Little did he know storytelling would become his true passion. A committed member of NYC’s vibrant storytelling community, he also enjoys running stories by bartenders, coffee shop baristas, and patrons at his Park Slope laundromat.


Simone McKitterick has worked for the Society for Neuroscience, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a writer. She is in the process of obtaining her masters at Johns Hopkins University, with a specialization in mental health communications. She has been published at NAMI, and The Mighty: a website dedicated to telling stories about people living with all kinds of illnesses. Simone is also an artist and musician, and can often be found painting, composing on her computer, or singing. She lives in Washington DC with her boyfriend and their elderly, doddering dachshund. This is her first time participating on Story Collider, and she is thrilled to be a part of it! Visit her website at for more information.


Kate Sheridan is a science writer based in New York City, where she lives with an remarkably fluffy cat. Her writing—much of which has to do with the flu, gene therapies, and other health-related stuff—has appeared in Newsweek, STAT, and the Montreal Gazette. She graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science in 2014.


Gail Thomas has several resumes: writer/actor/teacher/filmmaker/lawyer. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has performed with RISK!, Sideshow Goshko, the Liar Show. She teaches for the Story Studio. Voiceover credits include David Letterman, Beavis and Butthead and Angelo Rules. Her short comedy, My BFF, rated 95% funny on Funny or Die and audience favorite at New Filmmakers. As a speechwriter for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Gotham Awards, her words were uttered by Oscar winners and fancy people with great clothes. Gail is currently working on her fashion sense. Her website is

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