Tattoos, pies, and sketches.

Last night’s show at Great Lakes Tattoo was delicious and delightful – the shop was welcoming, the savory pies from Pleasant House Bakery were delicious, and one of the Pleasant House Bakery staff even got tattooed! And if that wasn’t enough to send us to our happy place, the talented writer and visual artist Dmitry … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Rosamund Lannin

Rosamund Lannin is awesome because she taught her cat to wear glasses. The product of nine years in San Francisco and eight years in St. Paul, Rosamund Lannin is pleasantly surprised to have lived in Chicago for over a decade. She is the co-producer of Miss Spoken, a lady live it series with a different … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Jasmine Davila

There are a lot of firsts happening at the August show: first show in a tattoo shop; first show with a truck full of meat pies; and first show where we have a RETURNING featured reader!!  There are so many fantastic readers in the live lit community that aside from special appearances at Printers Row … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Willy Nast

Essay Fiesta was one of the very first shows on the live it scene in Chicago, and one of the very first that we saw and performed in. It’s been around long enough that it has changed hands from it’s founders – Alison Lyon and Keith Ecker, to it’s current co-hosts – Karen Shimmin and … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Patrick Gill

Hello there everyone, We’re getting ready for our Great Lakes Tattoo show, and are thrilled to announce that Patrick Gill is reading with us! Patrick Gill is a writer, hailing from way out on the West Coast now centered in Chicago. He is the co-founder of In Our Words: An Online Salon for Queers and … Continue reading

That’s All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

We are ridiculously happy to announce that our August 10 show will be happening in the gallery space at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Avenue! GLT is accessible via CTA, and is located midway between the Chicago and Grand stops on the Blue Line, just a couple blocks east of Twisted Spoke.  As usual we’ll start the stories … Continue reading

July Wrap-Up: Dudes, Moves, and News

Our show gets a new address more often than the average 22 year old; our very first show was delayed by a month because the venue we were originally scheduled to premiere in closed 12 days before our launch date. We set up headquarters at Swim Cafe for a 14 month run before they closed, and then we moved to the … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Clarence Browley

We’ve got the one and only Clarence B reading with us on Sunday! Clarence Browley was born and raised in Chicago. He hosts a show with his best friend Lily Be called Stoop Style Stories at Rosa’s Lounge every last Thursday of the month. He’s an easy going guy who likes to laugh, play video … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Paco Zamora

Our very own Paco Zamora is reading with us on Sunday! If you’ve been to the show since our move to the Savoy, you’ve met Paco. It took just one visit from us and he’d memorized our favorite wine and food orders, and the man is FULL of stories – sometimes he tells them, impromptu, … Continue reading