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Still More Events
November 11 Special Event: "Combined Voices"Reading: TallGrass & Longwood Writers Guild, 2:00 pm at Chicago's Beverly Library, 1962 95th Street
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. Free to all.
December 14 Special Event: 'Holiday Gifts,' a 7:00 pm Themed Reading at Chicago's Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue
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 w/lots of purple reindeer.
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Recent Events: Recapping a few of TallGrass Writers Guild's Recent Programs
Special Event: October 20, 2017, MOON reading, at Chicago's Little Indie Press Festival
Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival was the site of our program where we presented a reading that featured contributors to THE MOON, the most recent Black-and-White anthology published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. Martin Altman, Bob Lawrence, Marjorie Skelly, and others read their poetry and short fiction on this theme that has fascinated through the ages. Presented by Whitney Scott, editor and publisher of Outrider Press.
Special Event: September 16, 2017, Publishing Party for THE MOON
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: April 1, 2017, TWG's National Poetry Month Reading
"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's two outstanding 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.
TallGrass Open Mics are held at 1:30 pm at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium, 4455 N Lincoln Ave. on the 4th Sunday of each month (unless re-scheduled because of holidays). Open Mic readers follow the Featured Author's program, and can present 6 to 8 minutes of poetry, fiction, comedy, music and more. Everyone is welcome to these free events. Special Events venues vary.
Area Readings from THE MOON—Contributors read in at Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival on October 20 at 5:00 pm and at the central library of Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood 2 to 4 pm on November 11. See details below. Additional readings will be announced.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 19, 1:30 pm—Poet, singer, songwriter Willa Moore, “…. a compelling poet and performer. I didn’t take a breath during her reading!” Willa has performed her poems and songs at many Chicago venues including The Green Mill, Heartland Café, and Old Town School of Folk Music with her spirited, offbeat investigations of themes including love, war, surfing, and the John Deere combine.
Sunday, DECEMBER 17, 1:30 pm—Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick debuts Voyage: A Memoir of Love, War, and Ever After by Catherine and her father, N. Robert Underhill. bringing five generations of a Midwest family to life in a story one critic calls "beautiful, bittersweet, and unforgettable." The time-shifting memoir melds World War II love letters, vignettes on mid-20th-century family life, and essays embedded with post-millennial insight. Voyage follows a junior Naval officer on a minesweeper as he pours out his love in letters to Merrilee, the gorgeous socialite on the home front who lets him into her heart.
Coming in February, 2018 — Chicago literary icon Tina Jens...details forthcoming.
Timothy David Rey
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