​​​​​​Joe Weintraub

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors

Yvonne Zipter

Martin Altman


Willa Moore

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

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


Emily Dagostino

Diane Williams 

Whitney Scott

​​​​​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.

October 22, 2022, Open Mic — Our Featured Author is New Mexico's Dawn Smith, a prize winner in our forthcoming anthology, PLAY.  She is a

writer and editor whose workhas appeared in the Cape Cod Times, the 2019 Outrider Press Anthology Loon Magic, and online at Decoded cience,

Bucketripper, Split Rock Review, and elsewhere. retired veterinary nurse and wildlife rehabilitator with international experience, she has provided writing

and editing services to several  international wildlife response organizations before devoting her time to penning personal essays and fiction.

(HOLIDAY SCHEDULING)  November 19, 2022, Open Mic — Patricia Crisafulli of Oregon is a Pushcart nominee who won Grand Prize in the Prose Category

of our most recent pre-Pandemic anthology — LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds. She has just published The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor, first of her Ohnita Harbor

Mystery Series trilogy fromWoodhall Press. New York Times best-selling author, Anthony Flacco, raves: "Patricia Crisafulli draws her characters with such empathy

and compassion, they pull us into the story and make their concerns our own while she weaves a web of suspense around their world."

     Crisafulli herself is a New York Times best-selling author; she wrote House of Dimon: How J.P. Morgan's Jamie Dimon Rose to the Top of the Financial World

(John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and coauthored Rwanda, Inc: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012),

an Editor's Choice book on Amazon.

     In addition to work on her Ohnita Harbor Mystery Trilogy, this recipient of five Write Well Awards from the Silver Pen Association for her short fiction has

authored a collection titled Inspired Every Day: Essays and Stories to Brighten Your Day, Give You Hope, and Strenghten Your Faith, published by Hallmark.

     A communications consultant for a variety of companies from tech start-ups to publicly traded firms, she  works closely with CEOs and senior management teams.

(HOLIDAY SCHEDULING)  December 17, 2022, Open Mic — Details TBA  

Harker Brautighan

Tricia Crisafulli

Dawn Smith

Terry Loncaric 

RJ Nelson

Jerry Pendergast

Gay Guard-Chamberlin

Bob Lawrence

Tina Jens

Bob Weinberg 

David Stowe

Upcoming TallGrass Writers Guild Events ​

Brittany Roque

Maureen Connolly

Patti Cavaliere

Marjorie Skelly

Michele Williams

Kathleen McElligott

Timothy David Rey

Caroline Johnson 

Tracie Padal

Cynthia ​Gallaher

Patricia Crisafulli

Dawn Smith

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: jnowak@chipub.org. 

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