Chicago, Ill. — Jan. 3, 2012 — Essay Fiesta, a free monthly reading series, is ringing in the New Year with a big bang. On Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will welcome another group of talented wordsmiths, including:
Columbia College professor and Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence David Berner
Sunday Night Sex Show producer and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby
Encyclopedia Show contributor Edward Thomas-Herrera
Writer and designer Beth Cummings
Storyteller Natasha Tsoutsouris
In its first two years, the first-person, non-fiction literary revue has hosted nearly 100 artists, welcomed more than 1,000 audience members and raised nearly $5,000 for charity. Year three is certain to build on this success, especially now that Essay Fiesta has gained a new community sponsor, Southport Grocery & Cafe, which will be providing great prizes for the show's charitable raffle. One-hundred percent of all raffle contributions and donations go to benefit 826CHI.
Essay Fiesta's mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago's art and writing communities for a night of humorous/poignant personal essays and charity. The event is produced by Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. If you would like more information about Essay Fiesta, please contact Keith Ecker at 573-289-3558 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . And Essay Fiesta is on Facebook, so become a fan!
What: Essay Fiesta
Where: The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.)
When: Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
How much: FREE