Give yourself a break, Chicago. We know you’ve spent the weekend secluded in quiet contemplation, abstaining from pleasures of the flesh and green beer. But you deserve just a few hours of fun. Come out to The Book Cellar on Monday, March 16th at 7pm and let our readers show you a real good time.
Natasha Tsoutsouris is a writer, actor and performer. She has told at live lit events all over Chicago as well as at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI, and one of her stories can be found on iTunes under Story Sessions. She is tickled pink to be performing at Essay Fiesta for the third time.
Sam Bailey is a writer and actor all the way from… Chicago. She attended Columbia College and has worked with many theatre companies, including Strawdog Theatre, ATC and The Gift. Sam is a frequent contributor to The Paper Machete and her written work has been seen on Live Lit stages across the city such as Guts & Glory, Story Club and 2nd Story. Sam is the creator of a new web series: You’re So Talented, which just premiered March 11th.
James Finn Garner is the author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories and the seminal clown noir detective trilogy starring “Rex Koko, Private Clown.” The first of these — Honk Honk, My Darling — was named Book of the Year, Nontraditional Fiction, by the Chicago Writers Association. These are all available for sale at the Book Cellar, because Suzy is the awesomest. He has read around town, at The Paper Machete, Write Club, That’s All She Wrote and of course, Essay Fiesta.
Jen Bosworth is a writer and performer from Evanston. You can catch Jen as a regular on WGN radio. Her solo show “Why Not Me…Love, Cancer and Jack White” went to the NYC Fringe and had multiple runs in Chicago. Check out her website at adamnnicelady.com for upcoming gigs, gratuitous good press and other information.
Amanda Claire Buckley is a writer and composer whose work ranges from political essays to comedic operas and has been performed and published in Chicago, New York, Vermont, London, and Italy. She is a core member and marketing director of the group Off-Color Comedy, which is currently producing In Fraud we Trust: The Live-Action Sitcom at Stage 773 before heading off to perform in Washington, DC at the Capital Fringe. When not goofing off with those bozos, she works for the Chicago Writers Conference and will be producing her own cross-generational live-lit show Under 30 / Over 60 at the Book Cellar on April 16th.