Barbara L. McBee is a former Bureau Chief, News Director, and reporter; an author and poet, who’s small piece was included in Yoko Ono’s 2019 work, Arising, that toured Montreal and Leipzig. She is a third culture kid, global citizen and storyteller. She has read for Chicago’s longest running festival, Fillet of Solo, This Much is True, Goodman Theatre, and Theatre on the Lake. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and a practitioner of Soka Gakkai Nichiren Buddhism. She is the author of The Art of making Stone love Stone Poem Collection and From a Place to Behold: The Goodman Theatre Stories.