Thanks everyone!

Scott Blackwood answering questions about his work
Jenny with readers Cortez and Audrey
Ellie Blackwood with her father, Scott
Good turnout for Scott Blackwood
Keryn Stewart reading
Chris, author of Cleared for Weird, presented a new story at last night’s reading

Last night was a blast. Scott Blackwood treated Tamale Hut Cafe patrons to the opening chapter from his new book in progress, as well as reading from his last book We Agreed to Meet Just Here. People loved his stories so much, Scott sold all the books he brought.

We also had some new readers participate in open mic: John Wirtz regaled us with an Ode to Bacchus; Keryn Stewart and her friend Matt also read poetry including a collaborative poem they created playing word games over email.

At the end of the night, Scott commented that Jaime’s tamales and chicken tinga were awesome and wished there was a location downtown so he could pick up Tamale Hut Cafe tamales and tinga at lunch or after work. We told him to not be a stranger and come out to our next reading. There’s always more room for tamales, tinga and tall tales.

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Next reading: Scott Blackwood Feb 19th

We Agreed to Meet Just Here — Winner AWP Prize for the Novel and Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Work of Fiction

Less than a week until the next reading. This time The Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series welcomes award winning author, educator, and Director of Roosevelt University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, Scott Blackwood. So please come out and give a warm welcome to this Texas transplant. As always bring something to read and bring your appetite.

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.

Letter From The Director

Dear Tamale Hut Friends:

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I would check in and update you on some recent Tamale Hut Cafe Presents developments.

We will be kicking off our fifth year of programming with a reading by poet/performance artist Jason Brock this Saturday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. He’s bringing some of his poet friends for the open mic, and I hope some of you will come out and share your material as well.

More importantly, I would like to announce that I have recruited one of my most faithful open mic regulars, Bernie Cox, to serve as assistant artistic director of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents. I am thrilled to have Bernie, who is an MFA candidate at Roosevelt University, join me in my quest to ensure that Tamale Hut remains, as he so aptly puts it, “the nexus of art gatherings in the near-west suburbs.” Bernie comes to Chicago by way of Philadelphia, PA, where he was also extremely active in the arts and music scene. Already he has proven himself to be a tireless collaborator, helping identify prospective featured readers and creating a blog and a THC Twitter account so we have more and better ways to communicate with all of you about our events.

This brings me to my next, and final point. I wanted to provide you with the URL to our blog: https://thcreadingseries.wordpress.com/ and also urge those of you with Twitter accounts to follow us @thcafereadings. In the coming months, we will be using both of these to share information, and I hope you’ll interact with us through them and encourage like-minded friends to do the same.

Thanks so much for your interest and support! I’m looking forward to bringing you another year of fantastic stories, and taking the little reading series that could to the next level!

Cheers,

Jenny Seay
Artistic Director, Tamale Hut Cafe Presents