Tagged with Mary Wagner

Alyson’s Essay Fiesta Favorite Things

Essay Fiesta is about to turn 2! Indeed, our November anniversary show (Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar) is approaching fast. And our very own Alyson Lyon is already in full celebration mode. Here’s some of Alyson’s favorite things about the show: 1. The Readers:  National comedians, published authors, local actors and all … Continue reading


Get To Know Mary Wagner

The Chicago Story Collective’s inaugural show “Holidays Are Hell” was a huge success! Thank you all for coming out and supporting Howard Brown Health Center. In all, we raised $800! You should be proud of yourselves. In one week, we’ll be having the last Essay Fiesta of the year. And to kick off the end … Continue reading

Reading Shows Galore!

December is not just the holiday season, tis the season of readings! Essay Fiesta is producing two amazing shows this month that are not to be missed! This Friday Alyson and Keith will be reading some truly horrific holiday tales in “Holidays Are Hell.” The show is produced by the Chicago Story Collective, a superhero … Continue reading

Come Rain Or Shine, Essay Fiesta Is Tonight!

The weather report says it’s going to rain. Fortunately Essay Fiesta is indoors. Come on out and grab yourself some hot tea or a cold beer and listen to these amazing storytellers do their thing. 2nd Story literary director Megan Stielstra Neo-Futurist alum and playwright Andy Bayiates The Kates producer and stand-up comic Kelsie Huff … Continue reading

Spreading The Essay Fiesta Gospel

Mary Wagner has now become a sort of apostle for Essay Fiesta. The stiletto-loving, two-time Essay Fiesta reader has been busy blogging about our show. And frankly, we’re more pleased than punch. Check out her bloggings here and here. Also, Alyson and Keith checked out 2nd Story last night at Morseland in Rogers Park. Delicious … Continue reading

Get To Know: Mary Wagner

For our first installment of our writer bios for the upcoming Essay Fiesta (taking place May 17th at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar), we are profiling a returning writer whose generosity has helped us keep our raffle going since our inception. Mary Wagner is an award-winning essayist, photographer and prosecutor with a penchant for … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Announces May Line-Up, HUGE PRIZE

Hi all you Essay Fiesta fans. We are proud to unveil our May line-up. It’s going to be one heck of a show. Don’t miss it on May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar. Poet, Young Chicago Authors’ Performing Arts Director Robbie Q. Telfer Neo-Futurist Dina Connolly Stand-up comic Adam Guerino 2nd Story curator Molly Each Stand-up … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta is Tonight!

Come out and see some amazing readers at Essay Fiesta. We’ll be starting at the Book Cellar at 7 p.m. sharp. Raffle prizes include free martial arts classes, framed photos by Mary Wagner and ChUC tickets. All money goes to benefit Howard Brown. Here’s tonight’s fantastic line-up (in the exact order)! Essay Fiesta co-producer Alyson … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta’s Talented Friends

Here’s a round up of some of the great things past readers of Essay Fiesta are up to. Bryan Bowden may have wowed you with his tale of bicycle riding at Essay Fiesta, but now he will completely hit you over the head with a laughter frying pan courtesy of his new video sketch (P.S. … Continue reading