Hi Essay Fiesta folks! Keith and Alyson wanted you to know, that as our 3rd-year anniversary approaches in November, we are putting reading submissions on hiatus until December. Currently all shows from now through the anniversary show are in the process of being booked. So to give us a break, we’re going to wait until … Continue reading
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Essay Fiesta Announces August Line-Up
Hey Essay Fiesta fans! We’ve got another great show lined up for you in August. Hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon have invited some pretty talented folks to share their personal stories with you. Mark your calendars for Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar so you don’t miss seeing: Stand-up comic Kristin … Continue reading
Cultural Plan and the Chicago Writers Conference
Hi Essay Fiesta fans! It’s been a little while since we’ve blogged. Sorry about that. It’s been a busy summer, and boy is this heat getting to us! But the blazing sun didn’t stop throngs of attendees from filling the Book Cellar on Monday, helping to raise $140 for 826CHI! Go you! Now down to … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta Loves America!
Essay Fiesta would like to take a moment to say we hope everyone had a joyous and safe 4th of July! We hope you tossed a burger on the grill, threw back a brewski and had a good ol American’ time. If you still have some leftover fireworks, be very careful for goodness sake. Those things are the … Continue reading
Get to Know Essay Fiesta’s June Performers
Essay Fiesta’s special tribute to Chicago is just around the corner! On June 18, your favorite Chicago live lit event will be honoring the Windy City’s 175th birthday with a Chicago-themed show. Come out to the Book Cellar to witness the amazing literary feats of our esteemed performers: Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby. This woman … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta Announces June Line-Up, Special Chicago Show
Hello Essay Fiesta fans! Have we got a show in store for you. In celebration of Chicago’s 175th birthday, June’s Essay Fiesta will feature Chicago-themed essays by some of the city’s best live lit performers. This very special Essay Fiesta (Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar) is not to be missed, especially if you love … Continue reading
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