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Speech I wrote about Chuck Palahniuk for my English class

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For our most recent speech assignment, we got to choose our on topic. I decided to write my speech about Chuck, my favorite author my inspiration to start writing. I'm not completely finished yet though. Any suggestions on how I can improve it?

Here's the speech:

Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk was born on Febuary 21st, 1962 in Pasco, Washington. He is an American transgressional fiction novelist and a freelance journalist. His parent's names are Carol Palahniuk and Fred Palahniuk. His father was Ukrainian and immigrated from Canada to New York in 1907. He went to the University of Oregon's school of Journalism. He graduated in 1986. He worked as an intern for NPR (National Public Radio) in Eugene, Oregon. He quit his journalist job in 1988 and began working at a Hospice, but stopped when a patient he had grown attached to died. He became a member of the Cacophony Society which is “a randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society.” This inspired some of his novels, including FIght Club, in which he used the Society as a basis for Project Mayhem.
Chuck began writing in his mid-thirties. He started while attending writer's workshops. Tom Spanbauer, the host of the writer's workshops, inspired Chuck's writing style. His first book was Insomnia: If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Already, was never published because he was disappointed with the story. When he attempted to publish his next novel, Invisible Monsters, publishers rejected it for its disturbing content. This led him to work on his most famous novel, Fight Club, which he wrote as an attempt to disturb the publisher even more for rejecting him. Fight Club was supposed to be a short story, but he decided to write it as a full novel. The short story he wrote became chapter six in Fight Club. In 1999, the movie version of Fight Club was released. It wasn't popular in theaters, but became a cult classic when it was released on DVD. A revised version of Invisible Monsters was also published that year. A few years later, he made his first New York Times best seller, Choke. The year 1999 brought a series of great personal tragedies to Palahniuk's life. At the time, his father began dating a woman named Donna Fontaine. Her ex-boyfriend, Dale Shackleford, was in prison and had vowed to kill Donna as soon as he was released. When he was released, he followed Fred and Donna to Donna's home, where he shot both of them and dragged them to Donna's cabin home, which he then set on fire. In 2001, he was sentenced to death. Chuck began writing Lullaby (one of my favorite books by him) to cope with these events. In 2003, while on tour to promote his novel Diary, he read a short story titled "Guts". The short story has caused 73 people to faint. "Guts" was written as a story by Saint Gut-Free, a character in Chuck's novel Haunted. Haunted is a novel that consists of many short stories, written by characters in the novel while trapped at a Writer's Retreat.
Chuck's novels have earned him a reputation as a nihilist. Chuck dislikes this label, claiming he is a romantic, and that his works are mistakenly seen as nihilistic because they express ideas that others do not believe in.