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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.
Performance Opportunities — Chicago's Most Supportive Open Mic for over 25 Years
Other Upcoming Events
TallGrass Writers Guild Special Events
— NATIONAL POETRY MONTH —
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1 P.M — TallGrass Talent Honors National Poetry Month with a group of readers who are members of TWG including Martin Altman, Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Bob Lawrence, Willa Moore, Susan Namest, and Diane Williams. This performance is free to all and offers free parking.
Recent Special Events
Friday, March 1, 2019— "That Rainy Day" with members of the TallGrass Writers Guild including Martin Altman, Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Bob Lawrence, Willa Moore, Jo Piazza, Joe Weintraub, who presented their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, plus work from TallGrass' far-flung members, presented by Whitney Scott. This themed reading played to a full house of attentive audience members and was especially memorable — one of the most powerful and engrossing of TallGrass' themed readings, held quarterly at Chicago's indie bookseller, The Book Cellar.
February, 2019 — TallGrass Writers Guild honored Black History Month with two major programs. Shontay Luna was
Featured author at the monthly Open Mic on the 23rd, preceded by TallGrass' first solo performance program: the
unforgettable Diane Williams in a one-woman show of resonating social and personal significance.
December 8, 2018 — TallGrass Writers Guild's Tri-State Reading at the historic Milwaukee Central Library with regional
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin contributors to THE STARS, our 2018 anthology
December 7, 2018 — "Holiday Landscapes," a program by TallGrass members packed the house at Chicago's Book
Cellar as authors Martin Altman, Emily Dagostino, Bob Lawrence, Willa Moore, Susan Namest, and Jo Piazza presented
original poetry, fiction, and essays as the lights of the Lincoln Square Park authors Christmas tree shone through the
store's bay window and onto the audience.
November 3, 2018 — Once again TallGrass Writers Guild partnered with members of the Longwood Writers Guild for their Annual "Combined Voices Reading" in Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood. Longwood Guild writers including Grace Kuikman presented recent work, and area contributors read their poetry, fiction, and essays in Tallgrass' 2018 anthology,
October 13, 2019 — "Women Speak of Breast Cancer" honored National Breast Cancer Awareness month with readings from Emily Dagostino, Marcy Darin, Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Willa Moore, Whitney Scott, and Grazina Smith as we filled the seats with enthusiastic audience members.
Unless otherwise noted, Open Mics and Special Events are held at Chicago's Sulzer Library Auditorium , 4455 N Lincoln Ave., where FREE parking is available. TallGrass Writers Guild events are FREE and open to the public. For details, email tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet
Recent Open Mic Featured Authors
NEW TIME — 1 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1 P.M. — Emily Dagostino, the most recent addition to the TWG Board of Directors, was recently published in our 2018 anthology, THE STARS, and has been writing professionally for 16 years. Her creative work, which includes poetry and essays, has been published in The Washington Post, Sojourners, America, The Sunlight Press and Notre Dame Magazine. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter, Emily earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and now runs her own communications business. She graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame with degrees in Italian and political science. The Open Mic portion of the afternoon's event follows her program. Sign-up to read:12:45 P.M.
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1 P.M. — Publishing Party and Open Mic — Featured Author Susan Baller-Shepard of Bloomington, Illinois, debuts her recent book, DOE, a poetry collection from Finishing Line Press scheduled for March, 2019, publication. Her essays, poetry, photography, and sermons have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post's "On
Faith section," Spirituality & Health, Writer’s Digest, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Typishly, Patheos, Day One, the Tattooed Buddha, and other publications. Her poetry has been featured on WGLT-FM Poetry Radio. For 16 years her writing has appeared in TallGrass Writers Guild anthologies published in affiliation with Outrider Press.
She has graduate degrees in Social Work and Divinity, and has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 28 years. Along with local involvement, Susan has worked on international development projects in Haiti, China, and Brazil. Baller-Shepard teaches at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois; she is completing a memoir, Divine Lunacy, and a poetry collection of villanelles, Sung. The Open Mic readers follow her program, and have 6 to 7 minutes of performance time. Sign-up to read:12:45 P.M.
Also see: OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS (below)
Timothy David Rey
Tom Roby IV
DOE and Baller-Shepard