Meet our readers: Karen Genelly

This month we have not ONE but TWO Karens!! I don’t know about you, but I’m buying a hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets this week. Karen Genelly taught, and was a counselor in the Chicago Public Schools for nearly forty years. She loves Chicago, and while traveling pretty much all around the world always … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Karen Shimmin

Last month we heard from Essay Fiesta co-host Willy Nast; this month we’re hearing from Essay Fiesta co-host Karen Shimmin! Come see Karen, make a final, absolute decision about which co-host you like better, and then declaim your choice loudly and publically. Karen Shimmin is the co-host of All Write Already!, the “completely unpretentious” literary podcast. Karen also co-hosts … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Mary Wagner

Our September lineup continues with Mary T. Wagner. Mary T. Wagner is an expatriate Chicagoan who grew up on the northwest side of the city, attending Maternity B.V.M. grade school. She has fond memories of searching for lost marbles in Humboldt Park with her dad, and wearing grooves in the pavement between her home on … Continue reading

Omigod, BEER!

You know what goes great with stories? Beer!  Revolution Brewing is donating a selection of their fine goods to our September 14 show. While supplies last, so get there early!  

Meet our readers: Paul Dailing

Paul is back! Mister Dailing, as we refer to him around here, performed at one of our early shows at Swim Cafe, and is back again for this month’s show at Great Lakes Tattoo. Paul Dailing is the creator of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, a blog collecting 1,001 true stories of modern life in Chicago. It’s … Continue reading

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