Your Candles Can’t Handle This Birthday Lineup

Oh gosh. Here it comes. We are starting to feel really, really festive. Join us at The Book Cellar this Monday, November 18 at 7pm for our 4th birthday and, as always, a night of awesome stories in support of 826CHI. These talented folks will be helping us celebrate:

Natasha Tsoutsouris

Natasha Tsoutsouris is a writer and solo performer. She has had the pleasure of telling at such events like This Much is True, StoryLab, Adult Education at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI, and one of her stories can be found on iTunes under Story Sessions.

Making his live lit debut, Zach Duffy is the Director of Education at 826CHICAGO. After three years of being an audience member at Essay Fiesta, whilst occasionally reading student work, talking about 826, and being awe-struck and inspired by Chicago’s most talented line-up of live lit performers, he thought, “Maybe I should give this a try.” Originally from Wisconsin, Zach loves cheese, the Green Bay Packers, and bowling, in that order.

Shannon CasonShannon Cason is a writer and storyteller. He has shared his stories on large stages, dive bars, and small living rooms all around the country. Shannon is a Moth GrandSLAM winner; a contributor to NPR’s Snap Judgment; and hosts his own storytelling podcast called Homemade Stories. He is originally from Detroit.

Stephanie Douglass is a farmer, writer, and performer. In New York, Stephanie is a co-founder of The TEAM, and in Chicago, she improvises with Eleanor, and has been featured at This Much Is True, Here’s the Story, Real Talk Live, Paper Machete, Write Club, Story Club South Side, Adult Education, I Sh*t You Not, and all kinds of other story-filled events. She is a Moth GrandSLAM winner, and during the week, she grows delicious, organic veggies and trains people with employment barriers for Growing Home.


Keith Ecker co-hosts the live lit show Guts & Glory, which takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Powell’s Bookstore. He is also the co-creator of Essay Fiesta and a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago. See Keith duke it out against Sam Irby at Write Club on Nov 19 or check out Guts & Glory on Nov 20.


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