About Keith Ecker

Keith Ecker is an entrepreneurial wordsmith who infuses the power of storytelling into everything he does. And he does a lot. A humorist, a passionate teacher and a noted member of Chicago's performance literary scene, Keith keeps himself pretty busy. Explore the site to see what he's been up to lately.

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“I truly believe that stories have the power to change lives. Nothing is more engaging, inspiring or influential than a well-crafted story.”

Keith Ecker has yet to encounter a story that can’t be told. Recognized as one of the pioneers of Chicago’s flourishing live lit scene, he has crafted engaging and emotional narratives for just about every purpose imaginable—from stand-up comedy to journalism to business marketing.

A graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Keith has always walked the line between entrepreneur and artist. While attending the Second City Training Center, he served as an editor of InsideCounsel, a national legal magazine. By day, he crafted features on courtroom dramas, while at night he’d take the stage Chicago as a stand-up comic and improviser. Soon, Keith left the magazine to start his own marketing consultancy, providing content marketing assistance to such organizations as AOL, TravelZoo and DePaul University.

In 2009, Keith launched Essay Fiesta, a monthly storytelling showcase. He produced, hosted, curated and performed with Essay Fiesta for three years, developing a reputation as one of Chicago’s premier memoirists. His stories have been described as darkly funny, yet vulnerable. In 2012, he launched Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted, the boldest live lit showcase in Chicago.

Keith’s writing has been published in The Huffington Post, TimeOut Chicago, The Chicago Theater Beat, The Chicago Reader, The Windy City Times, RE:Comedy Magazine, Cooler By The Lake and Cross My Words And Hope To (Verb), among other outlets. He was the founding managing editor of The Snackpot and still serves as an occasional contributor.

Recent Posts

Chicago Tribune Raves About Welcome to PleasureTown

Maybe “raves” is a little strong of a word, but still, Welcome to PleasureTown got… Read More

Blogging for Business: Your Brand’s a Storytelling Machine

I recently wrote a post for StoryStudio’s blog Cooler by the Lake in which I discuss… Read More

Welcome to PleasureTown Premiers Oct. 4

I just got back from sunny South Florida this week. Great times were had in… Read More

Storytelling and Live Lit: Where do we go from here?

You and your mother are very into storytelling, right? I mean, who isn’t? It’s an… Read More

Selected Works

“Daring Greatly” in Your Creative Nonfiction

Cooler by the Lake

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Boyfriend Land: Town Hall Meeting, Exclusivity

Boyfriend Land

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The Snackpot: Why We Do It

The Snackpot

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There Once Was a Drunk Kid from Oregon

CBS Chicago

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