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humorist & author

humorist & author


of mice and women

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Short stories

don't leave me to run this rat race alone


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my daughter IS saving her toes
for marriage

erma and the bag lady

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never stop purse-suing your dream

A collection of short stories, inspired by my big fat Greek life


Yaya's Big Black Purse:
Drama of a Greek Mama

Tassie Kalas is not afraid to bare her soul, her freakishly long middle toe, and the excess baggage she carries around in her designer purse in this debut collection of short stories inspired by her Greek life. Each chapter is a tidy, humorous story.

Growing up Greek-American isn’t easy for this first born, but growing older—marriage, motherhood, dog hair and divorce—is even harder. Yaya’s Big Black Purse, a fuzzy collection of short stories covering four generations of a traditional Greek family, focuses on one member’s modern-day struggles as she grows up, grows older, and finally finds her voice—at the same time she’s losing her mind.

If you’ve ever said yes to the dress (then had to fit into it), recorded your child’s graduation (with the lens cap on), or struggled to be the perfect wife, mother, and daughter in an imperfect world, you’ll want to reach into Yaya’s Big Black Purse.

Because Yaya knew you have to grow up to appreciate how you grew up. And you’re never too old to purse-sue your dreams.

meet the writer

TASSIE KALAS writes humorous short stories inspired by her big, fat, Greek life, about growing up and growing older, and laughing without fear of the future.

Her stories have appeared in the popular and inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul: Age is Just a Number, and Laugh Out Loud, 40 Women Humorists Celebrate the Then and Now…Before We Forget, an anthology which was named a finalist for one of the best humor books of 2019 by the Next Generation Indie Books Awards program.  

A member of the Houston Writers' Guild, her stories were awarded honorary recognition in the guild's anthology, Outside the Window- Tales of the World.  Find her work in The Ocotillo Review, How I Got Published and What I Learned Along the Way, and 'Tis the Season--a Holiday Anthology 2020.

Her flash fiction piece, "Taking the Lead," won the Writer's Digest Your Story Contest #103, and her honorable mention winning tale, "First Dance," appeared in the Spider Road Press.

A native Houstonian, she loves outdoor patios and frozen margaritas, making people laugh, and visiting her three grown children-wherever they are. She hopes to leave her readers with smiles on their faces, warmth in their hearts, and the spirit of  happily ever laughter in their souls.


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