Get To Know: Jonas Simon and MT Cozzola

Did you have a good Easter/Passover? We had a great Easter/Passover! Now Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect weather for an Essay Fiesta! And wouldn’t you know? We have one coming up on April 16! And we’re here to tell you about a couple of our readers: Jonas Simon and MT Cozzola.

Jonas SimonJonas Simon is the author of the blog Zen and the Art of Waitering as well as the book of the same name. A veteran of Chicago’s stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy scenes, he can currently be found performing nightly to crowds of enthralled audience members in downtown Chicago – usually at a chain restaurant that rhymes with “Schmeezecake Factory.”

MT Cozzola is a Chicago writer and director. She’s told stories around MT Cozzolatown at Here’s the Story, Tuesday Funk, Speak Easy Speak Hard and Stockyards Theatre Women’s Performance Art Festival; shared prose and poetry in the pages of After Hours, Swivel, Crawdad and other magazines; and screened films across the globe. She keeps a story blog at

So come on out and support our readers, support local businesses and support 826CHI!


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