TallGrass Writers Guild
Thursday, February 8, 2020, 1 P.M. in the Sulzer Library Auditorium — TallGrass Writers Guild Honors Black History Month by showcasing two outstanding Chicago talents — "Black Voices," featuring Shontay Luna and Timothy David Rey.
Shontay Luna was born in Bronzeville, grew up there and in Chatham, and most recent in resides in Pilsen for the past 27 years. She has two chapbooks, Reflections of a Project Girl (2015) and Recollections & Dreams (2018). Both are available via Amazon.
Luna’s prior publishing credits include Oddball Press, Black Book Press, The Stray Branch and AnthologyofChicago.com among others. She was a semi-finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards in 2010 and 2017, respectively, and is currently a member of Chicago Writers Association and F.L.O.W. (For The Love of Writing).
Timothy David Rey, a Chicago-based poet, playwright, performer and educator has studied poetry under Pulitzer Prize
winner, Yusef Komunyakaa. Rey is a 2015 Semi-Finalist for the Guild Literary Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry
Award, and one of the winners of Project Exploration (The Poetry Center of Chicago 2004). He is the co-founder of the LBGT
Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo (2002-2011), with his plays and performances pieces seen regionally as well as
internationally at venues including New York City’s Fringe Festival and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His plays
and performances pieces have been seen and heard at venues throughout Chicago as well as out of state and in Panama. He
has been interviewed on WBEZ regarding his work and his involvement in cultural and community-based arts programming.
Rey has taught poetry and performance for Columbia College School of Fine & Performing Arts Community Engagement Program, the Poetry Foundation Summer Teacher’s Institute and is currently a Poet In-Residence for The Chicago Poetry
Center. He is the Chicagoland Regional Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud! (Poetry Foundation/ National Endowment For The Arts).
"Black Voices" is the second annual TallGrass Writers Guild Special Event honoring Black History Month. TallGrass has also produced Special Event programming for Sulzer Regional Library in observance of National Poetry Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH — A GROUP READING
Saturday, April 11 in the Sulzer Library Auditorium — "Journeys," a TallGrass Writers Guild presentation honoring National Poetry Month. Featured award winning authors include Caroline Johnson, Wiila Moore, Timothy David Rey, Whitney Scott, Marjorie Skelly, andd Joe Weintraub. Details are forthcoming.
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Recent Past Events
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7 P.M. — TallGrass' Winter Themed Reading at Book Cellar, "Winter Fashions," with TWG members performing original writings on wintery blasts, icy roads, and freezing rain — from designer couture to drenched galoshes.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:30 P.M. — "Combined Voices," at the Beverly Library at 1962 W. 95th Street, Chicago. TallGrass Writers Guild and the Longwood Writers Guild will co-host this program with participating TallGrass authors presenting original writings published in recent "Black-and-White" annual anthologies, and Longwood Guild members whose work has been published in BAC Street Journal and other publications.
NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH — A GROUP READING
Saturday, October 26 — "Writers on Breast Cancer," TallGrass' 2019 National Breast Cancer Awareness
Performance. After 2018's record-breaking success with TallGrass' Breast Cancer reading of original poetry and
creative nonfiction, the first-ever program of its kind in the Chicago Public Library System, we were invited back to
present another life-changing presentation of original writings exploring and expressing various aspects of this
epidemic impacting untold numbers of families. Those reading were Patricia Chrisafulli, Kathleen M. McElligott, Willa
Moore and Whitney Scott.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 — The Publishing Party for LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds
at Sulzer Regional Library, when authors across the nation read their cuttings from this 2019 "Black-and-White"
collection of poetry, fiction, and essays — 24th in the series' annual anthologies. Readers Patricia Chrisafulli,
winner of the anthology's Grand Prize, read, as well as other authors including Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Vermont's
Cynthia Close, Nancy Heggem, Kathleen McElligott, California's Elsa Valmidiano, and more.
Friday, September 6, 2019 — All Things Autumn, a themed reading from members of the TallGrass Writers Guild including
Patricia Crisafulli, Juley Harvey, Bob Lawrence, Susan Namest and more using the change of seasons as inspiration for original poetry, fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction. Baseball, fallen leaves, and birds were just a few of the topics addressed in the reading. Free
and open to the public at Chicago's Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue.
Sunday, June 8, 2019 — The Kickoff Reading for LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds, the most recent in the Black-and-White series of annual anthologies was once again a high-profile Featured Event at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest. Our Kickoff Reading welcomed the prizewinners and other contributing authors from across the nation who 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. Anthologies are available for purchase on page 4 of this site.
Friday, May 17, 2019 — "Spring Has Sprung— REALLY?" with poetry, fiction and essays, a group reading from TallGrass members Harker Brautigan. Tricia Crisafulli, juley harvey, Robert Lawrence, Lynn Veach Sadler, Whitney Scott, Marian Shapiro, and more, from several pieces on birdsong and other signs of springtime to putting a spring in your step when the heart wants what the heart wants in
Brautighan's "How to Marry a Geezer," our audience was enthusiastic and appreciative — superb.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH — A GROUP READING
Saturday,April 20, 2019, 1 P.M — TallGrass Talent Honored 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 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.
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.
Gay Guard Chamberlin
Timothy David Rey
Timothy David Rey
NEW TIME — 1 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, January 25, 1 P.M. at Sulzer Library Auditorium — Gay Guard Chamberlin. She is an award-winning writer, performance artist and multi-media visual artist with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College, Chicago. She'll debut Red Thread Through a Rusty Needle, her first book of 36 poems, was published November 2019. Gay is an active member of TallGrass Writers Guild, Poets & Patrons, Illinois State Poets Society, Budlong Writers Group, North Center Seniors Poetry Group sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, and Women on the Verge in Kalamazoo, MI. Gay often performs poetry with her sister, Anara Guard, as “Sibling Revelry,” to be featured in Chicago venues, with updates at wwwDOTnewwindpublishingDOTcom .
Following her program are the Open Mic readers, who will have 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, music, comedy, and more. This afternoon literary event is free and open to the public, and free parking is also available. For details email: tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet or call 219-322-7270.
Coming Soon: on Saturday, February 22, 1 P.M. at Sulzer Library Auditorium — A "Sister Act" of Award
Winning Authors Carol Gloor and Marjorie Skelly. Details to come.
Recent Open Mic Featured Authors
Unless otherwise noted, Open Mics and Special Events are held at Chicago's Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave., where FREE parking is available. TallGrass events are FREE and open to the public. Open Mic readers follow the featured author. Details at 219-322-7270.
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