Book Talk: Collective Chaos: A Roller Derby Team Memoir
Nov. 05 2023
Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Adult - $16 Senior (60+) - $14 Student (w/ ID) - $14 Child (4-12) - $10 Child (3 & under) - Free Ohio History Connection member - Free

Included with general museum admission. This presentation is part of our Champion of Sports series: check out Ohio: Champion of Sports before its gone!

Since the 1930s, Roller Derby has thrilled audiences of all ages. This full-contact sport has a wild history and has pushed the boundaries of gender norms for decades. Hear Columbus’ own team history from member Samantha Tucker and Amy Spears as they talk about their experiences with Ohio Roller Derby through their book Collective Chaos: A Roller Derby Team Memoir.


Guest speakers for this program:

Samantha Tucker (she/her) is an antiracist teacher, writer, and editor in Columbus, Ohio. Sam writes personal essays, memoir, and cultural critique, having earned her MFA and MA in creative nonfiction. Her essay “Fountain Girls,” originally published in Ecotone, is a listed notable in Best American Essays 2017 and is anthologized in Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: An Anthology. Other essays have been published with Literary Hub, Columbus Alive, BUST, Brevity and Guernica. In her spare time, Sam loves protest, mutual aid, roller derby and karaoke.


Amy Spears (she/her) graduated from Denison University with a degree in cinema and creative writing. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she is in her second decade as a skater with Ohio Roller Derby. She spent several years active in the leadership of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and has given presentations, workshops and talks about the sport at Pecha Kecha Columbus, the Roller Derby World Summit and Rollercon. Her digital essay (with Julie Driscoll) “Worlds Collide!” facebook, family & George Costanza” was published in Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, and her prose and poetry have appeared in Columbus Alive, Lynx Eye, and Wine X. A self-described “collector of hobbies,” she’ll try just about anything once.

Interested in learning more? Check out the interviews below!

Want to learn more about Ohio Roller Derby?

  1. See real roller derby uniforms in the Ohio: Champion of Sports exhibit at the Ohio History Center (until January 2024)
  2. Check out roller derby artifacts on our online Museum Collections Catalog, located here.
  3. Watch a live game or try out for the team! Visit the Ohio Roller Derby website to learn how you can get involved.
  4. Learn more about the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association through this link.

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