The solstice approaches and so does Essay Fiesta! Come on down to The Book Cellar on Monday, June 15th at 7pm, for this lineup that will make you forget the fact that the sun will shine slightly less after summer solstice, and each summer day is actually another step toward the next cruel, dark winter:
Tom Wolferman grew up in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood where his childhood dentist was located suspiciously above a Fannie May candy store directly across the street from The Book Cellar, home of Essay Fiesta. This explains why he flosses before each reading. Tom shares stories around town and has contributed to the PleasureTown podcast. Most recently his essays have appeared in Thread and Chicago Literati.
Nestor “the boss” Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago 25 years ago. He has added a Latin flare to the Chicago storytelling circuit. In his short time as storyteller he has participated in multiple story telling events. Nestor has won the Moth story slam 4 times and is also the most recent Moth Grand Slam winner.
Tania Richard is the author of My So-Called Unexpected Life: 10 Things I Did to Meet and Marry My Man, Be A Stepmom, Have Babies & Embrace the Life I Never Knew I Wanted as well as Unexpected Life: Interviews About Embracing the Unexpected. She is an award-winning and produced playwright. Her monologues are published by Heneimann. She has contributed to This Much Is True and That’s All She Wrote. She was also featured on The Story on NPR. She has appeared on Broadway with Steppenwolf Theatre and has performed at The Goodman Theatre and The Second City, among others. Tania teaches acting in the Film Department at Columbia College. Her blog Writing My Mind is featured on ChicagoNow, the Chicago Tribune’s blog.
Meryl Williams is an Ohio native who is moving to Portland, Oregon in 27 days. She writes for sites like HelloGiggles, DNAinfo, and the Addison Recorder. She plays roller derby and loves coffee, craft beer, and oversharing.
Ali Kelley is a writer living in Chicago. She is the host and co-producer of Story Club North Side. You can find her talking about ’90s pop culture and teen angst on HelloGiggles and her blog Sleepoverz.