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Essay Fiesta is Going into Hibernation

Essay Fiesta is Going into Hibernation

Baby, it’s cold outside, and we’re going to deal with it the way all Chicagoans do—by shutting ourselves inside and not speaking to anyone until it’s warm again. That’s right! We are taking our first ever winter hiatus. There’s no need to drop by to bring us soup. Just like any other hibernating mammal, Essay … Continue reading

Ring In The New Year With The Gems in Our Lineup

Ring In The New Year With The Gems in Our Lineup

The New Year may have arrived, but the New Year of Essay Fiesta doesn’t begin until Monday, January 19 at 7 pm. Willy Nast will be out of town, so come keep Karen Shimmin company at the The Book Cellar, as she raises some fancy, new 2015 money for 826CHI with the help of these precious jewels: Erin Diamond grew up in Arlington Heights in a … 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

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

What a Day That Was: Essay Fiesta Recap

Hello friends of Essay Fiesta. This past literary extravaganza was a swell shindig indeed. Great prizes were won. Wonderful readers performed their work. Baristas slung coffees and beers. People absorbed art. We have to say it was a smashing success. Our good buddy Monte (who is also an Essay Fiesta alumni) was kind enough to … Continue reading

Be a Producer!

If you are a fan of Essay Fiesta (or any of the other amazing live lit series around town) and think you’d like to produce a show yourself, there are some fantastic venues that would love to help out. City Grounds on Lincoln and Dickens is game to host a reading series! This gorgeous coffee … Continue reading

One Helluva Show!

Last night’s Essay Fiesta was magical. If you weren’t there, you seriously missed out. We started 2012 off right with a lot of laughs and some very intimate personal revelations. Once again, the house was packed, and we raised some good money for a great cause (826CHI). Weren’t there? Here’s a recap: Alyson Lyon started … Continue reading