April 22, 2017

Join us on April 22nd at 7:00 pm as we host an all Open Mic evening. Poetry. Prose. Book excerpts. Fiction. Non-fiction. We love it all. As always, there is free parking, no cover, and a lot of great people to meet.

Tamale Hut — Supporting the arts.



Alexei Collier, March Featured Reader

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Our March event will take place on Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Join us to hear fabulous tales from our featured reader, Alexei Collier.

Alexei grew up in sunny Southern California in a house his family moved into on his very first Halloween. Many years later, powerful forces flung him deep into the heart of the Midwest, where he now lives across the street from Chicago with his wife and their cat. He has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Beloit College, and his short fiction has been published by Cicada, Ideomancer, and StarShipSofa’s Tales to Terrify, and is upcoming in a new anthology from Sanguine Press.

Following Alexei, there will be an Open Mic. As always, admission is free. THC: Supporting the Arts.



Brendan Detzner is February Featured Reader

THC Reading Series is pleased to announce that Brendan Detzner will be our featured reader for February. Join us at 7:00 on Saturday the 25th for tamales, tinga, and twisted tales. 13412876_10157054323020074_8703632674211811308_n.jpg

Brendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Chicago. His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things and Exigencies anthologies, as well as elsewhere. His latest novel “The Hidden Lands”, part two of the “Orphan Fleet” series, is available on Amazon. Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar Theater (http://www.badgrammartheater.com). You can keep track of what he’s up to at http://www.brendandetzner.com

THC Reading Series Celebrating 10 Years!

THC Reading Series is celebrating our 10th Anniversary! Join us on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm. Our featured reader will be our founder, Jenny Seay.

Jenny is a native Chicagoan whose love for words and stories took root before she could fully speak or write them. She spent her childhood immersing herself in the pages of her favorite fictional worlds, until she realized she had a knack for creating alternate realities of her own.

Eventually she earned two Creative Writing degrees from Columbia College Chicago, which wasn’t the most practical life path, but it allowed her to gain a few publishing and editing credits, and learn enough about event planning to launch Tamale Hut Cafe Presents as a monthly reading series. Her most recent piece can be found in “Working Stiff: The Anthology of Professional Wrestling Literature and Art,” available online through Gimmick Press.

And she has spent the last year-and-a-half getting to know the Bay Area, where she fundraisers for UC Berkeley and chips away at her first novel in between hiking excursions.enzo-pic

THC Short Story Contest

We are pleased to announce the five stories that will compete for the 2016 Tamale Hut Cafe Presents Short Story Contest:
A. “Penne Alla Vodka” — Thomas Boyle
B. “Sacred Chords” — Alexi Collier
C. “Discernment Part One” — Brendan Detzner
D. “Chanteuse” — Christine Fugate
E.  “Grandma” — Kirsten Srinivasan
These stories will be read and prizes will be awarded at the next THC Reading Series Saturday November 19,typewriter-801921_1920 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Prize Breakdown
1st-  $500
2nd- $300
3rd-  $200
Two (2) Honorable Mentions- $25 each


Following the awards, our mic opens up to any and all who want to share.

Christopher Krazmus launches new coffee table short story-picture book collection.

Mr. Krazmus will present two stories from his new coffee table short story-picture book collection.

The words? Science, fiction, truth, and daring and caring in short stories about travel and friendship; little adventures and good deeds; plus comedy and wisdom in hard luck and good fortune and overcoming and appreciation add up to backdrop for a storyteller to ask the questions the philosopher does. That is sexy and spiritual, and that is what Life is all about.

The pix? Taken in cities and burbs and out in the sticks, plus some places in Europe too. A day at the zoo. The streets of a large American city as seen from the window of a taxicab on a nocturnal trip in Chicago. And the fashion and figure photography of Mystery Vogue.

Each hardcover coffee table book contains one such story, and a photography collection.


Matt Bieniek, Featured Reader


The next THC Reading Series night will feature Matthew Bieniek, and the August 27th event will be the release party for his latest novel, The Sleep Detectives Go to Washington.  It’s the story of a man who can see past events in his dreams as if he was there, and what happens to him after the U.S. government finds out he has this ability.  The first book in this series, The Sleep Detectives, was serialized at the Tamale Hut between 2011 and 2013.

Matt wrote his first novel in 2010.  He’s been a regular open mic reader at the THC since 2011, and has been the coordinator of the Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group since 2012.  He describes his stories as character-driven mystery and suspense.  He lives in Brookfield with his artist wife, Stephanie, and you can find out more about him (and sign up for his mailing list) at www.storiesbymatt.net.

The Reading Series will begin at 7:00 pm with Matt, followed by an Open Mic. As always, there is no cover. BYOB. THC — Supporting the arts!

THC Reading Series 3/19



The featured reader for our March event will be Helios contributor and THC regular, Nathan M. Beauchamp.

Nathan started writing stories at seven-years-old and never stopped. From his first grisly stories about carnivorous catfish, mole detectives, and cyborg housecats, his interests have always emphasized the strange. Nathan works in finance so that he can support his habit of putting words together in the hope that someone will read them. His hobbies include reading, photography, arguing for sport, and pondering the eventual heat death of the universe. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two young boys.

The Reading Series will begin at 7:00 pm with Nathan, followed by an Open Mic. As always, there is no cover. BYOB. THC — Supporting the arts!

Bill Hillman


Our next Tamale Hut Reading Series event will be on Saturday, February 20th at 7pm when we will welcome Bill Hillman as our featured reader.

Bill is the author of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed novel The Old Neighborhood. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN International and BBC World Service talking about his acclaimed memoir Mozos: A Decade Running With the Bulls of Spain. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and on NPR.

After Bill, we will open up the mic for anyone who would like to share their words.

As always there is no cover and no minimum purchase. THC — Supporting the Arts!