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.

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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.

Sean Parks, September Featured Reader

Join us at 7:00 pm on Saturday the 30th for poems and stories from Sean Patrick Parks.

Sean began writing seriously only three years ago, but had made a few stabs initially in his twenties, the0.jpg bulk of which can be found in his collected poems. His current output includes several short stories, a novelette, novella, and two full length novels, all self-published and available on Amazon. Between those two periods of literary creation, he’s worked as a printer, a graphic designer, a photographer, and at several other trades better left unmentioned. During that time he also managed to marry someone who turned out to be his biggest cheerleader, raise several dogs, and to settle into a comfortable life of suburban tranquility. His most fervent wish is that he live long enough to write down all the things currently swirling around in his tempestuous head, and that a few discerning souls find his output entertaining, maybe even enlightening.

After Sean reads, we will open the mic to any and all who want to share their words. As always, there is no cover charge. Tamale Hut Cafe — Supporting the Arts!

Christopher Krazmus August Featured Reader

What can you expect from the feature presentation if you c’mon down to the THC Reading Series at 7PM on Saturday, August 26th? Well, we can’t tell ya, but it’s gonna be great. Really great.

Christopher Krazmus is releasiFullSizeRender.jpegng three new editions from his coffee table short story-picture book series, which include several new photography collections.

You can reckon you’ll hear parts of some stories and themes like these. Science fiction? You bet. Mystery and romance. Check. Comedy? If embarrassing stories about personal failures can be funny. If doing something half-assed is worth it, then you can say everything best comes from inspiration. That’s what these coffee table short story picture-books mean to be. That’s sexy and spiritual.

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

Joanne Zienty, June’s Featured Reader



Join us Saturday, June 24th at 7:00 pm as we welcome Joanne Zienty,  our featured Reader for the month of June.

Joanne was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. She spent a lot of time wandering the aisles of her local branch of the Chicago Public Library. Besides wandering, she also did a lot of reading. But when she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing her own.

In 2014, Joanne won the very first Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest, sponsored by the Illinois Library Association and the RAILS Library System for her novel, The Things We Save. She was a finalist for the 2016 BookLife Prize in Fiction sponsored by Publishers’ Weekly and in 2017 was named an “Emerging Voice” in fiction by the College of DuPage. She is currently working on her second novel.

As always, there is no cover charge. THC — supporting the arts!