Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group Meeting, Saturday, August 10 @ 2 PM

Writers! The August meeting of the THC Writers Group is less than a week away! Come join us for fun conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of each others’ work. The next meeting is Saturday, August 10 at 2PM at the Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in.

We will be distributing materials for critique on Monday, August 5. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup [at] gmail [dot] com for more information or to get on the distribution list. Or you can just drop by on the 10th at 2PM. Hope to see you there!


First Reading of the Year: Janet Wondra, Saturday, January 28th 7pm

We’re back!!! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We kick off 2012 with poet Janet Wondra. She will be reading from her new book Bad Attitude. Janet is also a professor of English at Roosevelt University.

Janet Wondra -- Photo from Finish Line Press

From the RUMFA blog:

“Janet Wondra received her M.F.A. in poetry, as well as a Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Theory from Louisiana State University. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Christian Science Monitor as well as in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction and In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland.

Wondra is also award-winning film and video maker. She has been the recepient of a writers’ residency at Yaddo and a Ragsdale Artist’s Fellowship.”
Please come out and support this wonderful writer on January 28th 2012 @ 7pm. As always, bring something for the open mic and bring an appetite.

End of the Fifth Year (Round): Another Well Executed Atomic Pile Driver of Reading Mania Success

Jenny Seay, Our Illustrious Leader and World Champion of WrestleMania 27!!!

Happy New Year, Tamale Hut friends!

It’s really mind-blowing to know that I’ve been hosting literary events here at Tamale Hut for five years already. The first time I walked in this place, the only thing on my mind was getting food. I had absolutely no idea that I was about to receive Jaime’s patented warm welcome – that I had stumbled into an environment that would soon begin to feel like a second home. I had no idea, but then I accepted Jaime’s friendly invitation to join his art reception and got to know him and his wife Lizet. I realized that I had discovered a special place and special people.

That’s when my vision hit. I saw an arts gathering of my own making, nothing too concrete – just a group of my writer friends filling these tables, eating tamales and telling stories, being nourished by both.

The fact that I’ve been able to take that vision and run with it thanks to Jaime’s support and encouragement, and now with Bernie’s help, is something that I am tremendously proud of.

Not only have I been able to honor my writer friends and writers I admire by giving them a vehicle for showcasing their work, but I’ve also had the great fortune of meeting writers and musicians and performers I might have never known. I’ve made meaningful connections. I’ve told my own stories. I’ve built a community where words matter. And not just matter, but take front and center stage.

I never imagined when I hosted our first reading in January 2007 that I had started something that would sustain itself as long as it has. I never anticipated that I would get as much back, if not more so, than I put in. I never dreamed that I would come to feel so valued, both as a writer and as an arts organizer.

But all of those things have happened. And THC Presents has now become something I look forward to, something I depend on. No matter what else is going on I know that I can walk in here and feel like I have a place, a purpose. Words cannot express how grateful I am for that and for all of you. But I’ll say thank you, all the same. Thank you and here’s to another five years of awesomeness.

Hope your holidays were bright and I wish you all a happy, healthful and productive New Year!

Jenny Seay

Artistic Director of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents Reading Series

This Saturday @ 7pm C.S.E. Cooney

C.S.E. Cooney @ Black Gate

C.S.E. Cooney lives in Chicago (but not for too much longer), revising a novel that, with diligence, a cleaver and a new gown, will soon be ready for the ball. She has a short story upcoming in Steam Powered II, an anthology due out at Torquere Press this September. Her story “Braiding the Ghosts,” originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 3, can now be found in Rich Horton’s Years Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011. Her novella The Big Bah-Ha is available in e-book at Amazon.com and drolleriepress.com. Papaveria Press recently published her novella Jack o’ the Hills in the new Wonder Tales series, available  in paperback from Papaveria.com and as an e-book at Amazon.com. Her poetry collection How To Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, illustrated by Rebecca Huston, is due out next year from Papaveria Press.

MFA/MA Open Reading Invitation May 21st @ 7pm

Image from Onlinecollege.orgs "15 Most Famous Cafes in the Literary World" (soon to be 16 with The Tamale Hut Cafe).

It’s the end of the the school year and to celebrate we are holding our first ever open invitational specifically for MFA/MA students, graduates and creative writing professors (adjuncts included) on May 21st.

Bring your university ID (current or former, faculty or student) and you will be able to purchase 2 tamales and get one 1 free! As always, BYOB.

For many in the know, Tamale Hut Cafe is the literary cafe of the Near Western Suburbs as well as the nexus for all art happenings.

Email us at thcreadingseries (at) yahoo DOT com and tell us if you are interested in attending.

Frank Rogaczewski Reads This Saturday @ 7pm

Image from a Borders closing. Truly The Fate of Humanity in Verse

Given the title of Frank Rogaczewski’s book The Fate of Humanity in Verse we couldn’t help but post this photo from a recent Borders closing posted on buzzfeed.com. But while Borders fades into the distance, Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series is booming, so it can’t all bad. Right? Right?

So naysayers, soothsayers, sayersayers and nosayers alike, come on down and celebrate the Literary Apocalypse with us this Saturday, April 16th @ 7pm, when Frank will read his poetry; some new, some old, some prophetic, but all good. Oh, and, you can buy his latest book for $10. Open mic as always and don’t forget the tinga and tamales!

I’m telling you, if Borders had tamales and tinga, like we do, they wouldn’t be in this mess. Because once you pair tamales and good reading, there’s no going back; you’re hooked for life.

Jason L. Brock TONIGHT!!!

Jason L. Brock

Hi all you Tamale Hut Cafe fans. Tonight, for our main event, Jason L. Brock is going to throw down some verse at the first reading of 2011. Afterward, all-comers are invited to jump into the open-mic round-robin reading melee.

So get in on the action and join us for poetry, prose and tamales @ 7pm only at Tamale Hut Cafe 8300 W Cermak North Riverside IL.