Recent TallGrass Writers Guild Open Mics
Since February, 2021, TallGrass Open Mics have featured award-winning talents including poets Cynthia Gallaher, Caroline Johnson, and Marjorie Skelly.
Visit this site often to stay current on TallGrass events.
June 26, 2021 — Special Event: National PRIDE Month. Chicago Native Diane Williams holds a BA and MA from Columbia
College-Chicago in Writing and Literature, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Her extensive teaching experience of includes the College of Lake County as full-time faculty for 14 years. She has taught at these Chicago colleges; Columbia and Kendall, and National Louis University. Williams is a faculty member at Harold Washington College; her
poetry, essays, and dramas have been published in magazines and anthologies across the country, and her plays have been
performed on stages in Chicago and Off-Broadway in New York City. She was also the Featured Author at the 2019 Black History Month Program at Chicago’s Sulzer Regional Library.
January 23, 2021— East Coast author Patti Cavaliere has headlined TWG's Open Mic, and since 2003 her stories have been in literary and national publications such as Listen Magazine, Yankee Magazine, and the TallGrass Writer’s Guild’s annual Black and White Anthologies. Her story, "Three Horses," published in Pen Works, won First Place in the 2011 Trumbull Literary Arts Festival. Cavaliere has also won First Prize in the prestigious Writer’s Digest contest in 2012 for “Anonymous,” subsequently made into a short film and featured in the national Art of Recovery Film Festival. Her novel, Looking for Leo, is a women’s fiction title published three years ago that uses astrology as a premise for a woman’s journey to true love. Most recently her creative non-fiction, “A Peace-Keeping Mission,” about an online military scam, was a finalist in the Iowa Review.
December 19, 2020 — Well traveled Marcy Darin, Featured Author, presented her writings inspired by her recent trip to Alaska, not only including her observations, photos, and anecdotes about her journey, but about the many things Alaska taught
her. Included were her photos of breath-taking arctic landscapes accompanying her riveting talk about the region and
its immense influence on her writing.
Saturday, November, 21, 2020— Yvonne Zipter of Chicago headlined our monthly Open Mic, introducing her
latest poetry collection, Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound. She has also authored The Patience of Metal
(a Lambda Literary Award Finalist). Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals over the years including
Poetry, Crab Orchard Review and several anthologies. She is also the author of two nonfiction books: Diamonds
Are a Dyke’s Best Friend and Ransacking the Closet. In addition, she wrote a syndicated humor column on lesbian life
called “Inside Out,” which ran for ten years in newspapers from Washington, DC, to Oklahoma City to San Diego after
its debut in Chicago’s Windy City Times.
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Recent Open Mic Featured Authors
Unless otherwise noted, Open Mics and Special Events are held at Chicago's Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave., where FREE parking is available. TallGrass events are FREE and open to the public. Open Mic readers follow the featured author. Details at 219-322-7270.
Upcoming TallGrass Writers Guild Events
Virtual Open Mics — 1 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
July 24, 2021, 1 P.M. — The West Coast's Harker Brautighan is a writer and editor who lives and works in California's Sonoma
County wine country. Her work has appeared in numerous TallGrass Writers Guild Black-and-White anthologies, including "Best Seat
in the House," which earned Third Place for prose in Music in the Air; in Quill and Parchment; and in the Redwood Writers Club anthologies: Endeavor, Untold Stories, And Yet, and Beyond Distance. She has edited a textbook, four children's books, a short play,
and a book of poetry. She is currently finishing her second collection of personal essays.
August 28, 2021, 1 P.M. — Suellen Wedmore is the Poet Laureate emerita for the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts. She has been awarded First Prize in the Woman on the Edge Contest for her chapbook, Mind the Light, (Quill’s Edge Press) and First Prize for her chapbook, Deployed, (Greyson Books). Three of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she recently won First Place in the Writer’s Digest Non-Rhyming Poem National Contest. She holds an MFA in poetry from New England College of Massachusetts.
September 25, 2021, 1 P.M. (Rescheduled from May 22) — David Stowe of Michigan teaches American Studies at
Michigan State U, and has had work published in prestigious academic journals including Journal of American History and
American Historical Review. His literary writings appear in Musomania, Wooden Teeth, Ampersand, and LOON MAGIC and Other
Night Sounds. His 2020 novel is Learning from Loons, about a freelance scholar struggling to resolve his problems by drawing
on the wisdom of loons. Stowe is at work on an historical novel based on the life of the pioneering 18th century American
composer, William Billings. In addition to teaching and writing, Stowe plays drums and saxophone in a country-American trio
Timothy David Rey
TallGrass Writers Guild - Chicago Open Mics, Readings, & Annual Anthologies
TallGrass Writers Guild is a Chicago-based, independent arts organization serving writers at all levels of development for 30 years. TWG provides local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities.
CURRENT ANTHOLogy IN PROGRESS. PLANNED PUBLICATION: October, 2021
Performance Opportunities — Chicago's Most Supportive Open Mic for over 25 Years