Still More Events
Special Event: Chicago Book Expo, 1104 S Wabash, Sunday, Oct. 1, Noon-5 pm. The free Expo feature readings, exhibits, information of all kinds, and more. Please visit the TallGrass Writers Guild table to meet the editor/publisher of Outrider Press, Whitney Scott; also available: handouts, signed copies of the 'Black-and-White' series of annual anthologies that is now in its 22nd year, including the 2017 title, THE MOON, and official guidelines for submission to the 2018 anthology; that theme is: THE STARS. 'Anthology Guidelines' are also available on this site.
Special Event: Little Indie Press Festival, 1104 S Wabash, Fri. Oct. 20, 3 to 7 pm
VOICES from THE MOON , 3:30 pm, Friday, October 20 at Columbia College-Chicago, part of the programming at the Little Indie Press Festival, where we are once again honored by a 3:30 pm reading spotlighting contributors to the most recent Black-and-White anthology. Martin Altman, Bob Lawrence and others present their poetry, essays and prose on this theme that has fascinated through the ages.
TallGrass also staffs a vendor table at The Little Indie Press Festival, displaying recent anthology titles and distributing information on TallGrass Writers. Visit the Outrider Press/TallGrass Writers Guild table to meet the editor/publisher of Outrider Press, Whitney Scott; also available: handouts about TallGrass and its upcoming events, signed copies of the 'Black-and-White' series of annual anthologies (see above), and official guidelines for submission to the 2018 anthology that offers $1000 in cash prizes; that theme is: THE STARS. 'Anthology Guidelines' are also available on this site.
Special Event: OUR WORDS: A Reading with TallGrass & Longwood Writers Guild, Sat., November 11 at the Beverly Library, 2 pm.
Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood is the site of this event combining TallGrass Writers and Longwood Writers Guild members presenting their contributions to the 2017 (THE MOON), most recent in the Black-and-White series of annual anthologies. Featured author is the 2016 Grand Prize Winner in Fiction, Grazina Smith.This free reading is open to the public.
Special Event: 'Holiday Gifts,' a Themed Reading on Saturday, December 14, 2017 at Chicago's Book Cellar—A Themed Reading of original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on 'Holiday Gifts,' with poetry and prose on aspects of gifting including shopping; receiving; and loving (or not so much) that chartreuse, scarlet and raspberry-striped sweater from the in-laws.
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Recent Events: Recapping a few of TallGrass Writers Guild's Recent Programs
Special Event: Publishing Party for THE MOON, Saturday, September 16, 2017
This Featured Event was the Book Party for the 2017 anthology, THE MOON, celebrating its publishing, the 22nd in the series of annual anthologies published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. The program of readings from the collection's poetry, fiction, and essays by their authors was led by Whitney Scott, who edited this anthology, which fully captures the fascination with "La Bella Luna" that transcends language, belief system, and nationality. Showcased were Grand Prize winners Tracie Renee Padal for Poetry and Jenene Ravesloot in Prose.
Special Event: TWG's National Poetry Month Reading, Saturday, April 1, 2017
"Poetic Voices," on Saturday, April 1, 2017, starred two of TallGrass' award-winning
poets, Maureen Connolly and Jenene Ravesloot at Chicago's exciting venue, Let Them
Eat Chocolate. This special event marks the first time TallGrass has offered a Poetry
Month program, but certainly not the last as the two women delivered strong,
passionate, and delicately nuanced work with performances that perfectly complemented their writings.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Chicago's Book Cellar
Another SRO audience for TWG talent's 'Welcoming Spring' with readings that ushered
in the change of seasons with Willa Moore, Jenene Ravesloot, Marjorie Skelly plus work from far-flung TallGrass members including Tracey Ludvik...and more.
Friday, December 15, 2016 at Chicago's Book Cellar
TWG talent delighted the SRO audience at this free event with a diverse program of 'COZY...' readings that ushered in the winter season from Martin Altman, Robert Lawrence, Willa Moore, and Joe Weintraub (with special guest Pat Curtis). Listeners were especially warmed on that bitter cold, windy Chicago night with reader Michele Williams' 'My Cozy Life,' recounting the serenity and joy of reading a good book that's propped against the purring cat in her lap, a beautiful animal whose picture she shared with the audience.
Recent Open Mic Featured Authors
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TallGrass Writers Guild - Chicago Open Mics, Readings, Annual Anthologies
TallGrass Writers Guild is Chicago-based, independent arts organization serving writers at all levels of development for almost 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
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Postal entries also accepted. See this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows; refer to year-round via postal mail.
TallGrass Open Mics are held at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium, 4455 N Lincoln Ave. on the 4th Sunday of each month unless re-scheduled because of holidays. Sign-up to read: 1:15 pm. Start time is 1:30 p.m. Special Events venues vary.
Area Readings from THE MOON—Contributors read in Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood at its central library, 2 to 4 PM. on November 11. See below for details on this special event. Additional readings will be announced.
Sunday, September 24, 1:30 pm—Award-Winning Author Joe ("J") Weintraub—headlines this Open Mic at Sulzer Library. Doors open: 1 pm; This event is free. He has published fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in literary reviews and journals, from The Massachusetts Review to New Criterion and Prairie Schooner to the Chicago Reader. He has been anthologized, and has received literary awards for fiction and creative nonfiction. J has been an Around-the-Coyote poet and a StoneSong poet, and,
as a member of the Dramatists Guild, has had one-act plays and staged readings produced nationwide.
Following this program are the Open Mic readers, who will each have 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, prose, music, and more. Newcomers and experienced readers are welcome.
Tom Roby IV
Timothy David Rey