Recent Open Mic Featured Authors
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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
Timothy David Rey
NEW TIME — 1 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1 P.M. — Open Mic — Timothy David Rey is a Chicago-based writer, performer and educator who attended Indiana University-Bloomington on The Most Outstanding Author scholarship from IU’s Department of English where he studied poetry under Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa. He is a 2015 Semi-Finalist for the Guild Literary Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. Timothy co-founded the LBGT Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo, and his plays and performances pieces are seen regionally as well as internationally at venues including New York City’s Fringe Festival and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Timothy currently teaches poetry and performance for Columbia College-Chicago, and is a Poet In-Residence for The Poetry Center of Chicago. The Open Mic readers follow his program, and have 6 to 7 minutes of performance time. Sign-up to read:12:45 P.M.
Saturday, June, 22, 2019, 1 P.M. — Open Mic — Bob Lawrence returns as Featured Author at the June 22, 1:00 pm Open Mic sponsored by TallGrass Writers Guild the fourth Sunday of each month at Chicago’s Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue. Bob has been a featured poet at various local venues, ranging from Loyola Beach to the Urdu Cultural Society, and including a number of bars, bookstores and coffee houses. His chapbook, “Rock ‘n Roll Dreams and Other Poems,” is available through Puddin’head Press. His most recent book of original writings and photographs is "In Japan," and is a full-color coffee table book. His 35+ year career as a college professor was highlighted by the founding and editing of two student literary magazines, Riverrun at Triton College and Connections at DeVry University. While a member of the Chicago Playwrights’ Center, he directed the script workshop; his plays were produced at the Center, the Puppet Place and Roosevelt University. He teaches in the Chicago Community College system.
The Open Mic readers follow his program, part of this free event. Each reader has up to 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, fiction, essays, comedy, and more. Newcomers and experienced readers welcome.
Timothy David Rey
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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
Friday, May 17, 2019, 7 P.M. — Spring Has Sprung! A Themed Reading presented by TallGrass talent performing their original poetry, fiction and nonfiction about sweet, sweet, springtime including riding bikes along the Lakeshore, song birds calling, trees greening, and more. At Chicago's lovely indie book store, The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue.
— PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST —
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2019 (date/time TBA) — The Kickoff Reading for LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds, the most recent in the Black-and-White series of annual anthologies which will once again be a high-profile Featured Event at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest. Our Kickoff Reading will welcome the prizewinners and other contributing authors from across the nation who will read cuttings from their work appearing in the 24th collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, LOON MAGIC, published by Outrider Press with TallGrass Writers Guild. Past years' anthology titles are on sale on page 4 of this site
Printers Row Lit Fest has been a celebration of the literary world for decades, and is the nation's third-largest outdoor festival of its kind. It is free to the public and features 180 vendors of new, used, rare and collectible books plus author readings and signings, author and editor panels, and the Young Readers Programming Series. Printers Row Lit Fest is held at Polk and Dearborn, north on Dearborn to the Congress Expressway. While some Lit Fest events require reservations and/or admission, neither is true the LOON MAGIC Kickoff Reading.
Interested in submitting work forLOON MAGIC?There's still time.
We'd love to see your writings on this theme, so go to the 'Anthology Guidelines' tab on page 5 for complete Guidelines.
Recent Special Events
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH — A GROUP READING
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, Susan Namest, and Diane Williams.
This performance was free to all and offered free parking.
Friday, March 1, 2019— "That Rainy Day" with members of the TallGrass Writers Guild including Marti 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 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.