One Wild and Precious Life Poetry Reading April 27th

  • Local Poet Terry Loncaric at a recent reading of her work.Terry Loncaric

    Local Poet Terry Loncaric at a recent reading of her work.Terry Loncaric

TesserAct Theatre Ensemble
Updated 4/17/2019 11:03 AM

TesserAct Theatre Ensemble

& Spinning Tales Collective presents…One Wild and Precious Life:

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A Celebration of Mary Oliver, American Poet

[Palatine, IL April, 2019] Join Spinning Tales Collective founder, Tamara Kist, as she brings local poets Terry Loncaric, John Maxwell and Tamara Tabel together for a celebration of the poems of American Poet Mary Oliver, who recently passed away. Each poet will read their favorite Mary Oliver poem, and a poem of their own, influenced by her. Jil Robinson and Margi Hill Jackson will also be reading works by the poet. Patrons who feel so inspired may read from a selected group of Ms. Oliver's work.

Venue Information


Saturday, April 27th, 1-4pm

105 E. Schaumburg Rd.

Schaumburg, IL 60194

$5 suggested donation

Patrons can order from Kaffeestube's menu of organic teas, coffee, pastries and snacks. An open mic, hosted by Kaffeestube, featuring local musicians, will follow this event. Please visit

for more information on this locally-owned café.


About the Poets:

Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 -- January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2007 The New York Times described her as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." Mary Oliver believed poetry could be for every one and entertained and inspired as she documented her ongoing relationship with her natural surroundings. Lines from her poetry, such as "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?" have become a part of our consciousness-raising culture and can be found on inspirational posters.


Tamara Kist is a poet and the author of The Seven-Week Chakra Cleanse: A Guide to Choosing Happiness, Creating Satisfaction and Evolving Your Consciousness (now available on Amazon in paperback!) She is the founder and Artistic Director of TesserAct Theatre Ensemble and Spinning Tales Collective. Recently, she opened Academy of the Heart, a Hub for Education in the Arts, Radiance and Theatre. Please visit for more information. She is honored to share the stage with Tamara (the other one), John and Terry and she thanks you for being here today.

Terry Loncaric, a Hampshire poet, is the author of Crashing in Velvet, an original collection of poetry. Her poems have appeared on storefronts, in magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. She is the founder of Poetry Power, a unique collaboration of teen and adult poets at Hoffman Estates High School. She has lectured on feature writing at Columbia College and Roosevelt University. She has worked as a reporter, editor, feature writer, and teaching assistant.

John Maxwell has been writing poetry since the age of 12. He has written numerous short stories in addition to articles on business, sales and psychology, self-esteem, science and religion. He has been a performer in numerous theatrical productions with the Tesseract Theater Ensemble. John's other gig is as an expert on sales team development and sales management.

Tamara Tabel is a poet, copywriter and novelist. Her most recent poems appeared in the American Journal of Nursing and several issues of the Journal of Modern Poetry. "Arbeit Macht Frei: Dachau 2012" was awarded the Silver Prize in the Journal of Modern Poetry 15 and also appeared in Poetica Magazine's Holocaust Edition 2014. Other poems of Tamara's have been included in A Midnight Snack and Quintessential Barrington magazine. She is hard at work on an historical novel series set in 1918-1919 Chicago and Mississippi dealing with the issue of race. You can visit Tamara at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and on Facebook (Tamara Tabel).

About the Group

Spinning Tales Collective is the dream child of Tamara Kist. Originally began in the early part of the millennium, STC was a group of old-fashioned storytellers who got together to share their stories and ideas. Years later she has resurrected it as a network of artists of all disciplines, all dedicated to raising the global vibe. A Celebration of Mary Oliver is their first public event. Ms. Kist hopes to have many more interactive events in the future, featuring music, dance and art side by side. If you would like more information on how to join the Collective, please email Tamara at

Spinning Tales Collective is an offshoot of

TesserAct Theatre Ensemble, a local community theater group,

a 501c3 Illinois non-profit organization.

Bringing Theater to the Community and the Community to Theater!


If you would like more information, please contact, Tamara Kist, Artistic Director of TATE @847-845-6706, or

Thank you for your time and interest!

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