TallGrass Upcoming Events
TallGrass Writers Guild is very active in the literary community in the greater Chicagoland area. Not only do we host a monthly open mic and featured reader segment, TallGrass also maintains a Performance Ensemble that performs at libraries and schools throughout the year. TallGrass Performance Ensemble members present original selections from the TallGrass "Black-and-White" anthologies mingled with readings from Sandra Cisneros, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, Anne Sexton, Kenneth Rexroth, Nikki Giovanni, Mark Strand, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, and others, with a wide range of subjects to complement a variety of occasions, seasons, and themes. The Performance Ensemble is available for performances at libraries, school events, park districts, book and art fairs, fund raisers, meetings, and parties and includes themes on animals, holidays, friendship, the Midwest, nature and the environment, romance, the four seasons, voices of poetry, and more. For more information on how to schedule the TallGrass Performance Ensemble for your next event or for more information and the latest details on upcoming events and locations, please contact the guild by telephone at 1-219-322-7270 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TallGrass Schedule of Events...
Fourth Tuesday of each month unless falling on Christmas/New Years Day or Eve -- TallGrass Writers Guild Open Mic - Chicago's most encouraging and supportive Open Mic welcomes everyone to perform up to 10 minutes of poetry, fiction, comedy and more. $5 cover reduced to $4 for students (Certain special features may be slightly higher). Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
Twice-yearly themed readings -- TallGrass talents present poetry and short fiction on a variety of themes. Past events (FREE to all!) have included "shaggy dog stories"; "The Mechanical Age"; "Music to My Ears"; and many more, and are held at The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, 773-293-2665.
September 19, 2009, 9a-Noon—TallGrass President Whitney Scott, Bensenville Community Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence, will present a FREE Creative Writing Workshop, open to the public. 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville, IL 60106. She’ll headline and emcee that library’s Open Mic Wednesday, September 30—FREE and open to all. Information/details: www.bensenville.lib.us / 630-766-4642.
September 22, 2009, 7:30p—Open Mic—Featured Author March Darin reads from her award-winning work, and is immediately followed by the regularly-scheduled Open Mic. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
October 24, 2009, 7:00p—Part of Border’s SPOOKTACULAR salute to the season, March Darin, Kathleen McElligott, Whitney Scott and other area authors present readings from Fearsome Fascinations, 13th anthology in Outrider Press’ respected “Black-and-White” series published in affiliation with TallGrass. Readings will include Panamanian author Vincent Benestante’s prizewinning tale of a boy wishing to become a werewolf; the story of a kite’s fascinating—and growing— lure; the random meeting of a vampire and a desperate woman; and the gruesome secret behind unusually distinctive craftsmanship of certain custom-built stringed instruments. Fearsome Fascinations will be available for $ 18.95 purchase and book signing following the presentation. This program, free and open to the public, is at Borders Books in Oak Park, 1144 Lake Street, 708-386-6927.
October 27, 2009, 7:30p—Open Mic—The October Open Mic welcomes Indianapolis poet Lylanne Musselman as Featured Author when she debuts A Charm Bracelet for Cruising, recently published by Winged City Press. She teaches at Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis ' School of Adult Learning . She hosts a monthly open-mic in Indianapolis, and appears on WFHB public radio once a month with her autobiographical series, "L Words." Lylanne's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of online and print journals, and has appeared in seven TallGrass Writer's Guild 'black & white' anthologies and on the spoken word CD The Sounds of TallGrass. She is an award winning poet, and was most recently a winner of the Eli Jenkins' Five and Country Senses Poetry Competition. Following her presentation is the regularly scheduled open mic where everyone is welcome to perform up to 10 minutes of poetry, fiction, music and more. Cover charge for the evening is $6 reduced to $5 for students. The event is upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
November 24, 2009, 7:30p—Author Maureen Connolly will headline, immediately followed by the regularly-scheduled Open Mic. Connolly is a native of Chicago and a dual national of Ireland and the United States. Her work has been published in Hammers, Tomorrow, Limina, Ariel, after hours, River Oak Review, and the Tall Grass Writer’s Guild anthologies Freedom’s Just Another Word, Take Two, They’re Small and Earth Beneath, Sky Beyond, among others. Readings include Printers Row, Guild Complex, the Chicago Labor and Arts Festival, the Hemingway Museum of Oak Park, and the Around the Coyote Arts Festival, and recently the Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration in Chicago. She has received awards from Poets and Patrons of Chicago, the Feminists Writers Guild, and the Illinois Arts Council, and a fiction fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. Cover charge: $6 reduced to $5 for students. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
December 4, 2009, 7p—Our fall 2009 Themed Reading—“Holiday Cookin’-Turkey, gravy, potatoes and pie”—this year’s holiday-themed reading celebrates/laments all those tempting treats and goodies we love/hate. TallGrass members should submit approximately 8 minutes of original work on this theme by November 18 and will use the November 24 Open Mic for rehearsal. At The Book Cellar (see above). Email outriderpress@sbcglobal for details.
December 22, 2009, 7:30p—We’re not kidding when we say TallGrass is family: Board Secretary Kathleen McElligott with granddaughter Mary Rose Kloss read from their creative nonfiction, “Cycling Across Generations,” an account of their Adventure Cycling Association’s “Heart of the Underground Railroad” tour in July 2009. Our regularly-scheduled Open Mic follows. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
January 26, 2010, 7:30p—Guest Author Allan Johnston reads from his new book of collected poetry, Northport (Finishing Line Press, 2010), based on his experiences living in eastern Washington State in the mid-1970s. His poems have appeared in over 50 journals including Poetry, Rhino, South Florida Poetry Review, and California Quarterly, and he has received a fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council. He teaches writing and literature at DePaul University and Columbia College-Chicago. Immediately following is the regularly-scheduled Open Mic. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
February 23, 2010—Another outstanding award-winning Chicago talent, poet Maureen Tolman Flannery will preview her latest collection with the regularly-scheduled Open Mic to follow. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
March 23, 2010—And yet another Chicago area prizewinner, poet Robert Lawrence who will read from his new chapbook, Rock ’n Roll Dreams and other Poems (Naked Mannekin Press, 2009). Don’t miss his unforgettable take on modern life—“It’s inescapable stuff,” praises Chicago literary producer Charlie Newman. Following his presentation is the regularly scheduled open mic where everyone is welcome to perform up to 10 minutes of poetry, fiction, music and more. Cover charge for the evening is $6 reduced to $5 for students. The event is upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
April 27, 2010—Mary Kuykendall Weber mines her West Virginia background for River Roots (Texas Review Press, 2009), winner of the 2008 George Garrett Prize. This collection of 38 stories features characters struggling for survival in a world which appears indifferent to their concerns and challenges. The stories of River Roots interrelate for a total view of Potomac River life, then and now. In some ways, the Hampshire Country she grew up in reminds us of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County combined with Wendell Berry’s love of land and the family farmer’s respect for it. Our regularly-scheduled Open Mic follows. Upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, 773-883-5282.
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*Celebrate National Poetry Month this April with TallGrass Writers Guild’s Performance Ensemble presenting “Poetic Voices,” a program presenting work by Robert Frost, Dana Gioia, Nikki Giovanni, Ted Kooser, Anne Sexton and other notable poets. Join us at this Bensenville Community Public Library event at 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville, IL 60106. Information/details: www.bensenville.lib.us / 630-766-4642. Date and time TBA.
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