Tagged with Howard Brown

Essay Fiesta Gives Thanks

Thanksgiving is coming up, and Essay Fiesta is in the thanking mood. Over the last year, we’ve had a number of wonderful people, organizations and businesses give us their support to help make our show one of the best reading series in the city. The following is a list of these people and entities we’d … Continue reading


The Story Behind The Tonsils

If you were at the last Essay Fiesta, you would have heard the story of Keith’s tonsil infection that almost prevented him from reading at the anniversary show. As you may not know, Keith is still battling this infection, despite nearly two weeks of antibiotics. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that Keith may … Continue reading

Why Kelsie Huff Is Awesome!

Whoa! Is the Essay Fiesta anniversary really just a weekend away? It is! And we couldn’t be more excited. Unfortunately the amazing Cameron Esposito can no longer join us for this glorious occasion. But stepping in for her is another uber-talented performer: Kelsie Huff. And that’s just one reason why Kelsie Huff is awesome! It … Continue reading

Why Deanna Moffitt Is Awesome!

Essay Fiesta doesn’t believe in competition. Well, we know it exists. Why else would anyone watch professional wrestling, basketball or The Real Housewives of Atlanta? But when it comes to creating a successful reading series, we believe there’s room for all. In fact, our philosophy is that the more we help each other, the more … Continue reading

Why Andy Bayiates Is Awesome

Essay Fiesta is just a few days away.Can you feel the excitement in the air? Can you?!? Well, we’re very excited to welcome back the delightful Andy Bayiates, who is getting the “Why So-And-So Is Awesome” treatment today. Andy has entertained audiences across Chicago with his sometimes heartwarming, often quirky and always honest essays. He’s … Continue reading

Why Jen Bosworth Is Awesome

Hello Essay Fiesta fans! Continuing in our series of “Why So-And-So Is Awesome,” we arrive at Jen Bosworth. After a stint in L.A., Jen returned to her hometown of Chicago. Armed with an acting background, she decided to break into the world of storytelling by starting Stories at The Store. That’s when her path crossed … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta on Literary Chicago and Fun Facts!

Hey you! If you didn’t already know, Essay Fiesta’s one-year anniversary is on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar. It’s going to be extra special! We’ve got a great line-up, awesome raffle prizes and more! Literary Chicago, a great blog about literary things going on about Chi-Town, recently published an interview … Continue reading

Get To Know Ali Weiss

Happy Saturday, Essay Fiesta fans! We are pleased to tell you about a first-time reader to the show. The super talented Ali Weiss. We first saw Ali read at The Paper Machete, the live magazine show she co-produces. But Ali does and has done so much more. Her work has appeared in TimeOut Chicago, Cheeky … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Featured In Columbia Chronicle

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Essay Fiesta is featured in Monday’s edition of theĀ  Columbia Chronicle! Reporter Brianna Wellen interviewed Keith, Alyson and Bryant Dunbar from Howard Brown about Essay Fiesta and our fundraising efforts for the community health center. If you want to read the story, click here.

Essay Fiesta Announces October Line-Up!

Can you believe that it’s been almost a year since Alyson and Keith started Essay Fiesta? In these 11 shows, we’ve hosted dozens of artists and hundreds of audience members. Plus, you all have helped us raise nearly $1,500 for Howard Brown Health Center. As we round out our year, we have yet another great … Continue reading