Jenene Ravesloot

R.J. Nelson

Brittany Roque


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Still More Events

Special Event: Chicago Book Expo, 1104 S Wabash, Sunday, Oct. 1, Noon-5 pm. The free Expo feature readings, exhibits, information of all kinds, and more. Please visit the TallGrass Writers Guild table to meet the editor/publisher of Outrider Press, Whitney Scott; also available: handouts, signed copies of the 'Black-and-White' series of annual anthologies that is now in its 22nd year, including the 2017 title, THE MOON, and official guidelines for submission to the 2018 anthology; that theme is: THE STARS. 'Anthology Guidelines' are also available on this site.

Special Event: Little Indie Press Festival, 1104 S Wabash, Fri. Oct. 20, 3 to 7 pm

VOICES from THE MOON , 3:30 pm, Friday, October 20 at Columbia College-Chicago, part of the programming at the Little Indie Press Festival, where we are once again honored by a 3:30 pm reading spotlighting contributors to the most recent Black-and-White anthology. Martin Altman, Bob Lawrence and others present their poetry, essays and prose on this theme that has fascinated through the ages.

TallGrass also staffs a vendor table at The Little Indie Press Festival, displaying recent anthology titles and distributing information on TallGrass Writers. Visit the Outrider Press/TallGrass Writers Guild table to meet the editor/publisher of Outrider Press, Whitney Scott; also available: handouts about TallGrass and its upcoming events, signed copies of the 'Black-and-White' series of annual anthologies (see above), and official guidelines for submission to the 2018 anthology that offers $1000 in cash prizes; that theme is: THE STARS. 'Anthology Guidelines' are also available on this site.

Special Event: OUR WORDS: ​​​A Reading with TallGrass & Longwood Writers Guild, Sat., November 11 at the Beverly Library, 2 pm.
Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood is the site of this event combining TallGrass Writers and Longwood Writers Guild members presenting their contributions to the 2017 (THE MOON), most recent in the Black-and-White series of annual anthologies. Featured author is the 2016 Grand Prize Winner in Fiction, Grazina Smith.This free reading is open to the public.

Special Event: 'Holiday Gifts,' a Themed Reading on Saturday, December 14, 2017 at Chicago's Book Cellar—A Themed Reading of original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on 'Holiday Gifts,' with poetry and prose on aspects of gifting including shopping; receiving; and loving (or not so much) that chartreuse, scarlet and raspberry-striped sweater from the in-laws.


Recent Events: Recapping a few of TallGrass Writers Guild's Recent Programs

​Special Event: Publishing Party for THE MOON, Saturday, September 16, 2017

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: TWG's National Poetry Month Reading, Saturday, April 1, 2017

"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 marks the first time TallGrass has offered a Poetry

Month program, but certainly not the last as the two 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.


Tracey Padal 

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors

Tracie Padal

Maureen Connolly

Michele Williams

Maureen Connolly

Michele Williams

Bob Weinberg 

​​​​​​J Weintraub

Bill Grady

Susan Dewar

Allan Johnston


Lylanne Musselman

​TallGrass Writers Guild - Chicago Open Mics, Readings, Annual Anthologies 

TallGrass Writers Guild is Chicago-based, independent arts organization serving writers at all levels of development for almost 30 years. TWG provides local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities. ​

Performance Opportunities — ​Chicago's Most Supportive Open Mic for over 25 Years

  • Open Mics — ​Chicago's long-running monthly Open Mic takes place monthly at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (see details below);
  • Themed Readings three times a year by TallGrass members at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago;
  • Yearly Tri-State readings at venues throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin; and 
  • Programs by the TallGrass Performance Ensemble at libraries, nature centers, colleges and universities throughout the Tri-state region. Offering a large range of seasonal and holiday themes, these Performance Ensemble shows of poetry and flash fiction have earned a listing in The Best of the Best, a resource used by programming librarians to present quality special events to library patrons throughout Illinois.

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​​Publishing Opportunities

  • TallGrass Writers Guild quarterly Newsletter,which contains columns; reviews; and member news of recent publications, play readings, and other achievements; and Manuscripts Wanted, pages listing and online publications​ seeking poetry, essays, fiction, illustrations and photos.

  • Annual anthologies published in affiliation with Outrider Press, who donates all pre-press services including editorial, design and typeset support. Publishing parties for each year's anthology are at the historic Sulzer Regional Library. This year's Publishing Party for HOME was on Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 pm. at Sulzer, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, where we packed the house.

  • To submit your writing for consideration: details on submitting for possible anthology publication and cash awards totaling $1,000 are found on this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows. The 2018 anthology theme: THE STARS. Its deadline: March 31, 2018. Please click on the 'Anthology Guidelines' tab for complete, updated guidelines. We are accepting submissions year-round via postal mail; Submittable submissions preferred, however, and are available November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, in addition to postal submissions.

  • Submittable entries preferred and accepted November 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018 at: http://tallgrasswritersguildDOTsubmittableDOTcom/submit​​​​​​​​

  • Postal entries also accepted. See this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows; refer to year-round via postal mail.
  • Click on the 'Anthology Guidelines' tab for complete, updated guidelines. 


Postal entries also accepted. See this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows; refer to year-round via postal mail.

Martin Altman

Willa Moore

Jenene Ravesloot


TallGrass Open Mics are held at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium, 4455 N Lincoln Ave. on the 4th Sunday of each month unless re-scheduled because of holidays. Sign-up to read: 1:15 pm. Start time is 1:30 p.m. Special Events venues vary.

Area Readings from THE MOONContributors read in Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood at its central library, 2 to 4 PM. on November 11. See below for details on this special event. Additional readings will be announced.

​​Open Mic

Sunday, September 24, 1:30 pm—Award-Winning Author Joe ("J") Weintraub—headlines this Open Mic at Sulzer Library. Doors open: 1 pm; This event is free. He has published fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in literary reviews and journals, from The Massachusetts Review to New Criterion and Prairie Schooner to the Chicago Reader. He has been anthologized, and has received literary awards for fiction and creative nonfiction. J has been an Around-the-Coyote poet and a StoneSong poet, and,

as a member of the Dramatists Guild, has had one-act plays and staged readings produced nationwide. 

Following this program are the Open Mic readers, who will each have 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, prose, music, and more. Newcomers and experienced readers are welcome. 


​​​​​​​Outrider Press Small Press Publishing & Writing Contests

Outrider Press small press publishing w/editorial, design & typeset support writing contests & anthologies  


Tom Roby IV

Timothy David Rey

​​​Joe Weintraub

Whitney Scott

Timmothy Holt

Willa Moore