Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 a.m. — Tina Jens returns to the TallGrass stage for a scary
celebration of Hallowe'en. She has had numerous stories and poems published by major New York
publishers and small presses. Her honors include awards from the Writer's Digest Competition and
the Horror Writers Association; her novel in stories, The Blues Ain't Nothin': Tales of the Lonesome
Blues (Design Image Group 2002), received several honors, including 1st Prize for Best Novel: Nat'l
Federation of Press Women and nominee for Best First Novel by both the Horror Writers
Association & International Horror Guild Award. The TallGrass Open Mic follows her presentation.
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10 a.m. — Editor Whitney Scott returns with 'Getting Published — WHAT do Editors Want? — a Writing Workshop' for all writers, beginners as well as established authors. She has spearheaded the editing and production of the acclaimed 'Black-and-White' series of annual anthologies for 23 years, and has been a writing coach and instructor, editor, publisher and book reviewer for the American Library Association's BOOKLIST Magazine for over 25 years. The basics of professionalism and most commonly found problems with manuscripts are among the topics included. The Open Mic follows her workshop.
Saturday,December 15, 2018, 10 a.m. — A favorite among Open Mic audiences, Jo Piazza takes the stage as Featured Author for the first time. Known for family memoirs and witty, insightful essays, Jo has been a longtime Open Mic regular.
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Upcoming Special Events
Saturday, October 13, 2018, Special Event at 1 p.m. — Writers on Breast Cancer, a program of poetry, essays and short fiction in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Featured authors are prize-winners Emily Dagostino, Marcy Darin, Willa Moore, Susan Namest, Whitney Scott, and Grazina Smith. Free to
all, free parking, and free light refreshments. Not a medical or scientific event, this is a program from respected literary authors on a disease that is epidemic in America, and impacts directly or indirectly, every family—including those of these talented artists.
This program is free to all, with free parking, and free light refreshments.
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m. — TallGrass joins Beverly's Longwood Writers Guild talent for a joint 'Combined Voices' reading. Contributors to THE STARS, our most recent anthology, present their poetry, fiction and short fiction, along with the Longwood authors delivering their new and collected work.
Friday, December 7, 2018 — Special Event at 7, 'Holiday Landscapes,' a TallGrass Writers Guild Themed Reading at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue. Authors Martin Altman, Emily Dagostino, Willa Moore, and others will perform work ranging from holiday bell-ringers on city corners, chop-your-own Christmas tree farms, and neighborhood displays of flashing neon holiday decor.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 — Special Event at 1:30 P.M.-- STARS! The 2018 Tri-State Reading at the Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W Wisconsin Avenue, features contributing authors to the 2018 TallGrass anthology, THE STARS. These outstanding talents live in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and will present their poetry, fiction and essays in this 23rd in Outrider Press' series of annual anthologies. BOOKLIST Magazine praised THE STARS: "Work in the collection consider life's various connections on or to Earth as well as the profound vastness above....Outrider's anthology series continues to curate diverse voices, offering ample interpretations of the infinite beauty, power, and mystery of the stars."
Recapping a few of TallGrass Writers Guild's Special Events
Thursday, August 31, Special Event at 7 p.m: 'Autumn Memories,' a Themed Reading at the Book Cellar, Chicago's delightful small indie book store at 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. As summer draws to a close, we recall past seasons of falling leaves and look forward to the coming autumn — the changing season that's also tinged with sadness as the end of the year grows nearer; daylight dwindles; and memories abound as the leaves color, fall, and turn brown; classes begin; and kids look forward to trick 'n treating.
Saturday, September 8, 2018, Special Event at 1 p.m: The Publishing Party for THE STARS, 23rd in the acclaimed Black-and-White series of annual anthologies published by Outrider Press in association with TallGrass Writers Guild. Contributing anthology authors sign copies as people meet, mingle and network with friends, family members, and colleagues of the anthology contributors. This reading will feature Grand Prize winners past and present, and complimentary light refreshments.
Readers presenting cuttings of their work in STARS: Martin Altman, Emily Dagostino, Marcy Darin, Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Elizabeth Harper, Nancy Heggem, Grace Kuikman, Robert Lawrence, Tracey Ludvik, Kathleen McElligot, Marjorie Skelly, Grazina Smith, and more.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Special Event at 7 p.m: 'The Games of Summer,' a Themed Reading at the Book Cellar, Chicago's delightful small indie book store at 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. Original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on warm weather games including tennis, lawn croquet, golf, skateboarding, competitive swimming and diving, and of course, baseball with writings from Martin Altman, Juley Harvey, Robert Lawrence, Tracie Ludvik, Susan Namest, Jo Piazza, Lynn Veach Sadler, and Joe Weintraub.
April 8, 2018, Special Event: TWG's National Poetry Month Reading: a 2 p.m. event at Chicago's Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue. Featured Authors were Timothy David Rey and Robert Lawrence. The Sulzer Auditorium was packed as 50 people of all ages turned out for this exciting two-author program that included Tim and Bob's colleagues taking part in these authors' dramatic monologues and writings for multiple voices. Beautiful shared energies and a standing ovation made this one of TallGrass Writers Guild's most successful programs.
March 16, 2018, Special Event: 'Couch Potatoes & Comfort Food' — a Themed Reading at Chicago's Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. Original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on these related themes with poetry and prose on aspects on joining a Couch Potato Organization, becoming The Empress if Ice Cream, and more with: Martin Altman, Pat Gallant, juley harvey, Bob Lawrence, Marjorie Skelly, Jo Piazza, Jenene Ravesloot, Tom Roby IV, Whitney Scott, Susan Zamarow, and more.
Special Event: November 11, 2017, MOON reading, at Chicago's Beverly Central Library, a 'Combined Voices' reading jointly sponsored by the Longwood Writers Guild and TallGrass Writers Guild, and featuring MOON's contributing TallGrass authors Martin Altman, Marcy Darin, Bill Grady, Kathleen McElligott, Whitney Scott, and Grazina Smith.
Special Event: October 20, 2017, MOON reading, at Chicago's Little Indie Press Festival
Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival was the site of our program where we presented a reading that featured contributors to THE MOON, the most recent Black-and-White anthology published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. Martin Altman, Bob Lawrence, Marjorie Skelly, and others read their poetry and short fiction on this theme that has fascinated through the ages. Presented by Whitney Scott, editor and publisher of Outrider Press.
Special Event: September 16, 2017, Publishing Party for THE MOON
This Featured Event was the Book Party for the 2017 anthology, THE MOON, celebrating its publishing,
the 22nd in the series of annual anthologies published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass
Writers Guild. The program of readings from the collection's poetry, fiction, and essays by their authors was led by Whitney Scott, who edited this anthology, which fully captures the fascination
with "La Bella Luna" that transcends language, belief system, and nationality. Showcased were Grand Prize winners Tracie Renee Padal for Poetry and Jenene Ravesloot in Prose.
Special Event: April 1, 2017, TWG's National Poetry Month Reading
"Poetic Voices," on Saturday, April 1, 2017, starred two of TallGrass' award-winning
poets, Maureen Connolly and Jenene Ravesloot at Chicago's exciting venue, Let
Them Eat Chocolate. This special event's two outstanding women delivered strong,
passionate, and delicately nuanced work with performances that perfectly
complemented their writings.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Chicago's Book Cellar
Another SRO audience for TWG talent's 'Welcoming Spring' with readings that ushered
in the change of seasons with Willa Moore, Jenene Ravesloot, Marjorie Skelly plus work from far-flung
TallGrass members including Tracey Ludvik...and more.
Friday, December 15, 2016 at Chicago's Book Cellar
TWG talent delighted the SRO audience at this free event with a diverse program of 'COZY...'
readings that ushered in the winter season from Martin Altman, Robert Lawrence, Willa Moore,
and Joe Weintraub (with special guest Pat Curtis). Listeners were especially warmed on that
bitter cold, windy Chicago night with reader Michele Williams' 'My Cozy Life,' recounting the
serenity and joy of reading a good book that's propped against the purring cat in her lap,
a beautiful animal whose picture she shared with the audience.
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TallGrass Writers Guild - Chicago Open Mics, Readings, & Annual Anthologies
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Unless otherwise noted, Open Mics and Special Events are held at Chicago's Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue, where FREE parking is available. TallGrass Writers Guild events are FREE and open to the public. For details, email tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet
Tom Roby IV
Timothy David Rey
Timothy David Rey