About Tess

Tess Banion began her storytelling career at age two. It took a few years and a couple of Masters degrees to finally find her calling. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, in a Catholic family of five children, a sweet mother and a father who left the earth at an early age. She attended both parochial and public schools, preferring public schools. Through the years she made friends, found love and started a family, worked as an advocate for the hungry and migrant workers and toiled in partisan politics, finally making a match with the joy of words. She has partnered to raise two beautiful humans and helped sustain a marriage of 38 years. Her book A Parting Glass is a story of hope and redemption culled through the sieve of truth, half-truths and flat-out lies.