the story angels

The Story Angels are a troupe of dynamic storytellers and poets on a mission to create original work centered around the theme of olive oil.

We read our work in intimate settings surrounded by olive oil (and other savory items) to create an enjoyable learning experience with the intrinsic properties of olive oil at center stage. 

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Jennifer Larson

Jen Larson is the self acclaimed “imperfect mother” of two amazing, almost launched humans and a middle school math teacher. Jen has a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.  In her less than copious free time, she enjoys writing and is currently working on a collection of short stories, some poetry, a memoir, and a science fiction novel. One of her pieces was chosen for the 2017 Listen To Your Mother Northern New Jersey event, and she thoroughly enjoyed sharing her story, the way she likes to live her life, out loud.


Jennifer Ostrega

Jennifer Ostrega is a spokesperson, writer, and teacher based in the New York City area. Formally a comedic improvisational actor who gained national recognition for her one-woman show comedy about corporate America. Today, Jennifer is a faculty member at Drew University where she teaches Public Speaking to International students from around the globe. She was recently awarded the INTO North America Collaboration and Innovation Award, and is a community Promise Leader of free violence prevention programs for the Sandy Hook Promise Organization. She enjoys performing at story slams at the Studio B in Maplewood.


Stacy Basko


Stacy Basko is a freelance writer and recipe developer with deep knowledge in branding, marketing and non-profits. Her diverse professional background has led her into c-suite boardrooms, 4-star kitchens and locked-down state prisons. She creates content in the Garden State, close enough, but not too far from New York City.


Marcia LeBeau 

Marcia LeBeau's poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Moon City Review, Pamplemousse, SLANT, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine and been read on the radio. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Marcia lives in South Orange, NJ where she is an artist-in-residence in the schools, plays viola in the local symphony and has an energy healing business. With her husband, she is co-founder of The Rectangle Studio & Gallery in The Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ.

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Joseph Alan Wachs

Joe Wachs holds an MA from NYU in Performance & Technology Studies with an emphasis on digital storytelling and a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Theatre Philosophy and Native-American Poetry. He is the author of Petulance & Sloth (a collection of poems my father never liked), editor of the Streamline series: Less & More and Said & Done by Jason Franzen, published by First F15teen, where Joe is co-publisher. He is co-creator of Treehouse, a serialized mobile-app recognized by the Johns Hopkins Guide to New Media and a creativity coach who uses a modern approach to storytelling to help people transform their lives. Joe lives with his brilliant wife and dynamite kid in Maplewood, NJ.