Gay Guard-Chamberlin

Brittany Roque

Yvonne Zipter

Bob Weinberg 

Tina Jens

Tracie Padal

Dawn Smith

Whitney Scott

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors

Martin Altman

Terry Loncaric 

RJ Nelson

David Stowe

Maureen Connolly

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Harker Brautighan

Michele Williams


Willa Moore

Kathleen McElligott

​​​​​Virtual Open Mics — ​1 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.​ Held on the 4th Saturday of the month expect for holiday scheduling to the 3rd Saturday.

February 25, 2023 Virtual Open Mic — Simona Carini was born in Perugia, Italy. She writes poetry and nonfiction and has been published in various venues, in print and online, including Sheila-Na-Gig online, Star 82 Review, Italian Americana, Intima – A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and two Outrider Press Black-and-White Anthologies. Her first poetry collection, Survival Time, was published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions in 2022. She lives in Northern California with her husband, loves to spend time outdoors, and works as an academic researcher. Simona's poem in TallGrass' 2022 anthology, PLAY, is "Left Last." Her website is:

March 25, 2023 Virtual Open Mic— New York State's Judith  Pratt, whose short memoir about producing a theatrical production, "Maize Maze,"​appears in TallGass' latest anthology, PLAY...details are forthcoming.

Upcoming TallGrass Writers Guild Events ​

Tricia Crisafulli

Diane Williams 

Caroline Johnson 

Cynthia ​Gallaher

Timothy David Rey

Marjorie Skelly

Patti Cavaliere

Bob Lawrence

Jerry Pendergast

Emily Dagostino

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

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


​​​​​​Joe Weintraub

Susan Baller-Shepard

TallGrass Writers Guild Events

For 30 years, TallGrass events have featured award-winning talents including:

Patricia Crisafulli, Cynthia Gallaher, Caroline Johnson, Bob Lawrence, Willa Moore, RJ Nelson, Tracie Padal, Timothy David Rey, Marjorie Skelly, David Stowe, Suellen Wedmore, Joe Weintraub, and Yvonne Zipter.

Visit this site often to stay current on TallGrass events. 

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

TallGrass Writers Guild is a Chicago-based independent, nonprofit arts organization serving writers at all levels of development. For 30 years, TWG has provided local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities. ​​

Performance Opportunities — ​Chicago's Most Supportive Open Mic for 30 Years

​TallGrass Open Mics -- now virtual -- will return to Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave. a, and can present 6 to 8 minutes of work at 1:00 p.m. Open Mic readers follow the Featured Author's program. Free to all. VIRTUAL Open Mics remain on the 4th Saturday during the Pandemic until further notice. Contact Jeff Nowak at Sulzer Library: 

TallGrass Writers Guild will resume providing these performance opportunities once it is safe to do so:

Themed Readings —  Four FREE programs a year by TallGrass members at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago;

Special Programs —  Include February's Black History Month, April's National Poetry Month, June's National

PRIDE Month​ and October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FREE to all. 

Tri-State readings  — At venues throughout Illinois, Indiana, and recently at Milwaukee's Historic Central Library; and 

Seasonal/Holiday Programs by the TallGrass Performance Ensemble at libraries, nature centers, and universities ​​throughout the ​Tri-state region. These Performance

Ensemble shows of poetry and short fiction are free, and have earned a listing in The Best of the Best, the programming guide Illinois librarians use to present quality special events to libraries throughout Illinois