August Featured Readers, the Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group

Members of the Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group take over the microphone on Saturday, August 24th. Starting at 7:00, they will regale you with stories about song lyrics, rewritten song lyrics, and maybe some new lyrics to new songs.

After the group is finished, we will open the mic to any others who want to share their words. As always, there is no cover. THC — Supporting the arts!

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July Featured Reader Harold Holt

Please join us on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 as we welcome Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award winner Harold Holt.

Harold, a Chicago area open mic favorite will read short stories that will make you laugh and make you think.

After Harold reads, we’ll open the mic for any who want to share their words.

May Featured Reader Brendan Detzner

 

 

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Tamale Hut is pleased to welcome back one of our native sons, Brendan Detzner.  Brendan will be our featured Reader on Saturday, May 18th. The festivities begin at 7:00 when he will read from his brand spankin’ new novel, Charlie Harmer Takes a Ride .

Brendan writes in a big messy pile of different genres and formats. His work is sometimes funny, sometimes scary, and usually very strange. He lives in Forest Park, IL and runs the Bad Grammar Theater reading series in Chicago.

After Brendan, we’ll open the mic for all who want to share their words. As always, there is no cover. THC — Supporting the Arts!

Christina Fugate — April Featured Reader

Mark it on your calendar, folks! The next THC Reading Series will take place Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 pm. Our Featured Reader will be Christine Fugate.

Christine is a graduate of the Story Workshop method with a BFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published in various locales and focuses on the intricacies and nuances of relationships between people. She’ll be reading from her second book, a work-in-progress, a memoir about the life of her father, who was once a carnie, a truck driver and a rascal of a man.

After Christine reads, we will open the mic to all who want to share their words.

As always, there is no cover. THC — Supporting the Arts!

March Featured Reader Bernard Cox

 

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Bernard M. Cox is a graduate of 2015 Class of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.

They have taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated an experimental music concert series called FeedBack; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia; and volunteered in the San Diego LGBT community.

Bernie’s writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, Five on the Fifth, Reckoning, Red Lightbulbs, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Nasty ice storms in January prevented us from enjoying Bernie’s work, so now that spring has sprung, there’s no excuse not to come out for a fabulous evening.

As always, there is no cover charge. THC — Supporting the Arts!

Featured Reader D.M. Pirone Saturday, February 23rd

DMP Headshot.jpgTamale Hut Cafe is pleased to announce that our Featured Reader for February will be Kirkus Prize nominee D. M. Pirone.

D.M. Pirone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, who works as an editor and audiobook narrator when she isn’t writing. Both books in her Hanley & Rivka historical mystery series, Shall We Not Revenge and For You Were Strangers (Allium Press of Chicago, 2014 and 2015), were named Notable Page-Turners in the Shelf Unbound Indie Novel Competition. Shall We Not Revenge was also a 2014 Kirkus Prize nominee. Ms. Pironne’s debut suspense novel, No Less In Blood (Five Star, 2011) received excellent reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

A Chicago native and history buff, Ms. Pirrone is a longtime member of Mystery Writers of America Midwest and Sisters in Crime Chicagoland, and also belongs to the Chicago Writers’ Association and the Society for Midland Authors.

Ms. Pirone will kick off the evening at 7:00 by reading from her novels and will be available to sign copies afterwards. Then we’ll open the microphone for any who want to share their words.

As always, there is no cover charge. THC — Supporting the Arts!

 

Bernard Cox January Featured Reader

Saturday Janauary 19th  @ 7:00 p.m.

Bernard M Cox is a graduate of 2015 Class of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.
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They have taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated an experimental music concert series called FeedBack; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia; and volunteered in the San Diego LGBT community.

Bernie’s writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, Five on the Fifth, Reckoning, Red Lightbulbs, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.

As always, there is no cover charge. THC — Supporting the Arts!

 

Short Story Contest!

The Tamale Hut Cafe Short Story Contest winners will be announced Saturday, November 17th at 7:00pm. The five finalists will read their work and then the rankings will be announced. After the presentation of prizes ($500 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, $100 for 3rd place, and two $25 honorable mentions), we will open the mic for anyone else who would like to share their words.

As always, there is no cover. THC — Supporting the Arts.

THC Writers Group as Featured Readers

It’s October, so that means our Featured Readers will be our very own Tamale Hut Writers Group! Join us on Saturday, October the 27th at 7:00 pm to hear their take on Olfaction Fiction.

After the Group has read, we will open the mic to anyone else who wants to share their words. As always, there is no cover charge. THC — Supporting the Arts.