Phil and Rita, August Featured Readers

P&GLogoSmall.jpg Lucky us! Phil and Rita have agreed to be our Featured Readers this Saturday, August 25th at 7:00pm.

Phil and Rita Reebius were born on the exact same planet; they write, produce, and perform the podcast “Prehensile and Gretel”, along with their trusty dog, Barry Flavanoid. They also write stories. Tonight, they have combined their talents for good rather than evil- they come to the Tamale Hut to fill your head with frippery, temple-tappers and the occasional knuckle-biter. They hope to entertain, amuse, and charm you with the verbal products of their intertwined souls. Just remember, the planet they were born on may not be the one you consider home. Phil and Rita have been together for almost 28 years and consider their relationship completely normal, which is good. For this evening, Rita and Phil will be reading a variety of pieces created individually and as a team. They hope you attend and enjoy the evening, and maybe also read something you have written during the open mic that follows their presentation.


Phil’s Classmate in a Creative Writing Class once said about Phil:


“Whoever wrote this needs to seek psychological help”.

Someone once said to a friend of Rita’s about Rita:

“Who was that snaky bitch I saw you with last night?”

Interesting facts:

Phil was a Boy Scout.

Rita got kicked out of Girl Scouts for balancing a cookie on her nose.

They are made for each other.


As always, there is free parking and no cover. Tamale Hut — Supporting the Arts!


Alice Liddell, June Featured Reader

Tamale Hut Cafe is proud to present Alice Liddell as our Featured Reader  on June 23rd

Alice, aka Lauren A.R. Masterson, graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a degree in Fiction Writing. During her college days, she began working as a freelance model eventually making it her full-time profession after graduating. She toured nationally, met scores of creative people, and had many adventures. After retiring from modeling, and experiencing a divorce, Alice felt the drain of her creativity. But after finding a loving and supporting community she began exploring her writing talent and art again. Alice is now a regular in the local Chicago writing communities and is dedicated to enhancing her craft.

The evening begins at 7:00 when Alice will read from her new book Love of the Sea. Afterward, we’ll open the mic for anyone else who would like to share. As always, there is no cover. Tamale Hut  — Supporting the Arts!

May Featured Reader Shawn Shiflett

Tamale Hut Cafe is pleased to present Shawn Shiflett as our Featured Reader for May. Join us on Saturday the 26th at 7:oo pm as he reads from his works.

Shawn grew up in Chicago and is the author of short stories and two novels: Hey, Liberal! (Chicago Review Press), a semi-autobiographical story about a white boy going to a predominately black high school in Chicago just after the Martin Luther King Jr. riots, and Hidden Place (Akashic Books), which was included in Library Journal’s “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts,” a 2004 list of “most successful debuts.” He is an Associate Professor in the English and Creative Writing department at Columbia College Chicago.

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

Beth Robb, April Featured Reader

Local author Beth G.C. Robb will be our Featured Reader on Saturday, April 14th. The evening begins at 7:00 when Beth will read from her debut novel,  A Life Rebuilt:Early 20th Century Life in the Swedish Community of Chicago.

The novel tells the story of a feisty young woman named Ester who came from a rural life in Sweden and jumped into an exciting urban life in America. Books will be available for purchase.

After Beth reads, we will open the mic for others who would like to share their words. As always, there is no cover. Tamale Hut — Supporting the Arts!



Darwyn Jones, March Featured Reader


Help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Darywn Jones. We were lucky enough to hear from him a few months back and were blown away, so we decided to make him our Featured Reader.

Darwyn’s fiction has appeared in Hypertext Magazine, Windy City Times, Hair Trigger, SIN: A Deadly Anthology, and Grimm and Grimmer: Dark Tales for Dark Times. His more “blurby” writings have found their way into Chicago’s entertainment website and the Not for Tourists Guide to Chicago.

He’s a former company member of the storytelling series 2nd Story, was a featured reader in Chicago’s Story Week, and has read at various other reading series including Reading Under the Influence, You’re Being Ridiculous, Homolatte, and Tuesday Funk.

The evening begins at 7:00 pm and after Darwyn reads, we’ll open the mic for anyone else who would like to share their words. As always, there is no cover. Tamale Hut — Supporting the arts!

Kathy Bezinovich January Featured Reader

After a long career as a labor and delivery nurse, Kathy Bezenovich decided to care for those who were at the end of their lives. Her experiences with patients and their caregivers led to a book containing insights about hospice care and stories about the fragility of life.

Book cover photo

Tamale Hut is proud to host Kathy as she reads from her book Reflections of a Hospice Nurse on Saturday, January 20th at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Afterward, there will be an open mic for others who would like to share their words.

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

Julia Borcherts — November Featured Reader

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We are pleased to welcome Julia Borcherts back to Tamale Hut on Saturday, November 18th.

Julia is the co-founder of the Reading Under the Influence live lit series, a former company member of 2nd Story and the publicity manager for the literary PR firm Kaye Publicity. She also teaches Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and National University.

She will be reading stories about her 15 years working in the structural steel fabrication industry, where professional struggles intersect with the challenges of failing romantic relationships.

After Julia reads, we will open the mic to anyone who would like to share their words. The evening starts at 7pm and, as always, there is no cover. Tamale Hut — supporting the arts..

All Last Night…

…the singing went on upstairs and no one said a word.

Come hear how our Writer’s Group complete the story when they appear as Featured Readers on Saturday, October 28th.  Festivities begin at 7pm. Later in the evening, we will open up the mic for anyone who wants to share.

As always, there is no cover and you are encouraged to BYOB. THC — Supporting the Arts.


Book Launch!

John McNally will return to Tamale Hut on November 4th to launch his new book, The Boy Who Really Wanted to Have Sex. Join us at 7pm to hear John read and have him sign a copy for you.

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