This month, the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series is thrilled to have Michael Penkas as our featured reader. Michael has long been a mainstay in the Chicago-area reading series scene, so we’re incredibly happy to be able to shine the spotlight on his stories, which can be described as “funny,” “twisted,” “disturbing,” and “heartwarming,” often with all of those adjectives accurately describing the same story. Michael’s recently released collection Dead Boys is currently available as an e-book on both Amazon.com and Smashwords, so check it out, and then come join us on Saturday, June 29!
As always, the reading begins at 7 p.m. with our featured reader’s presentation; an open mic will follow. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and reading nights are BYOB as well. Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside. Does that cover everything? Just about, yes! To make this post complete, here’s a little more info about our featured reader:
Author’s Bio: Michael Penkas moved to Chicago in 2004 and soon after became a member of Twilight Tales, a small press and weekly reading series. His first published story, “Parable of the Lazy Rooster,” appeared in the expanded edition of Tales from the Red Lion in 2007. He currently has over a dozen published stories.
Following the dissolution of Twilight Tales in 2010, he became part of Cult Fiction, a writers workshop and seasonal reading event. His stories were performed at five events before the group was put on hiatus in late 2011.
Currently, Michael Penkas is a regular participant at the Top Shelf Books (Palatine) open mic event, Tamale Hut (North Riverside) reading series, the Bad Grammar (Chicago) reading series, and the Gumbo Fiction Salon (Chicago). He is the website editor for Black Gate.
See you on June 29!