Posted by Keith Ecker

Help the Fullmers: Special Book Cellar Event

Like the binding on your favorite book, the Chicago literary community is tightly woven together. Not in an annoying cliquish sort of way. More in that lean-on-me kind of way, where we can all depend on one another for support, usually just emotionally but sometimes in more tangible ways. This is one of those times. … Continue reading

Printers Row Lit Fest Is Upon Us!

Hello bookish boys and gals! Last Essay Fiesta was a homerun! Our readers really brought it, and you really helped fund a great cause with a sizable amount of donations for 826CHI. Good work, team! Summer is here, which means the smell of literature is in the air. “Huh?” you say. That’s right. It’s the … Continue reading

Get to Know Our May Readers!

Essay Fiesta is right around the corner…on Monday. And this is such a great line-up that Alyson and Keith are doing jumping jacks just to get out all our anxious energy in advance. As always, we’ll be benefiting 826CHI and giving away prizes from our wonderful sponsors like Southport Grocery & Cafe, Murder Mystery Maniacs and Chicago Underground Comedy. So … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Celebrates 826CHI

Congratulations to 826CHI (Essay Fiesta’s charity of choice)! Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon dressed it up and attended last night’sPeople Eating and Giving, 826’s annual fund raiser for their phenomenal tutoring and literacy programming held at the University Club in Chicago. What a night it was! The night went without a hitch and 826 exceeded their monetary goal. This is fantastic news! … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Salutes Maurice Sendak

What child of the latter part of the 20th century was not touched in some way by the words of Maurice Sendak? The prolific illustrator and author penned such perennial classics as Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup with Rice, passed away today at the age of 83. Essay Fiesta thinks this is … Continue reading

Tweet Tweet: Essay Fiesta Is on Twitter

Did you know Essay Fiesta is on Twitter? Well we are. Kind of. Rather than have a million social media accounts, Essay Fiesta operates under producer Keith Ecker’s handle. @keithecker Pretty easy, right? If you follow him, you’ll get to read about all kinds of amazing things like: Essay Fiesta updates! Yay! Snack news (Keith … Continue reading

Printers Row: Essay Fiesta at Lit After Dark

Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2012, the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, is approaching! And fast! The momentous event will take place Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 right in historic Printers Row. (That’s on Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets.) And guess what?  ESSAY FIESTA will be performing! That’s right! As part … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Announces May Line-Up

Hey kiddies! We’ve got a doozy of an Essay Fiesta lined up for May. Seriously. Alyson and Keith are thoroughly impressed with the caliber of talent. This isn’t marketing spiel, people. It’s the real deal. Take a look for yourself. Below are the people who will rock your world on May 21 at 7 p.m. … Continue reading

Subscribe to the Essay Fiesta Newsletter

You may be wondering, where did the April Essay Fiesta newsletter go? Did I miss it? And oh faithful Fiesta fan, you did not. We just dropped the ball this month. Alyson’s make-up business is taking Chicago by storm ( while Keith is getting his bearings at his new job at the ol’ PR agency. … Continue reading