Tuesday Funk : Participants : Page 22

Meet Our Readers: Christa Desir

            

Christa Desir writes dark contemporary fiction for young adults. Her first book, Fault Line, came out this fall. Her second book, Bleed Like Me, is due out in October 2014. She lives with her husband, three small children, and overly enthusiastic dog outside of Chicago. She has volunteered as a rape victim activist for more than ten years, including providing direct service as an advocate in hospital ERs. She also works as an editor at Samhain Publishing. Visit her at ChristaDesir.com.

Please join Christa and all our multi-talented readers on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Meet Our Readers: Christopher Sweet

            

Christopher Sweet worked in education for many years. He is one of those schoolers who has two advanced degrees - an MA in English and an MSJ from a now-defunct "School of Journalism." He learned to write in the Fiction Department of Columbia College, Chicago. But he bids that you do not hold that against him, stranger. His favorite "quote of the day" is, "Ecrassez l'infame!" Don't hold that against him, either.

Please join Christopher and all our fantastic, potentially Francophile readers on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

Kelly Swails is a writer and editor who pays the bills by editing an online scientific journal. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including Coins of Chaos and Boondocks Fantasy. She relocated to Chicago this past summer and has been busy exploring her new home. When she's not writing or working she watches geeky TV and pretends she's not a crazy cat lady. There's a rumor she sleeps on occasion, but that has yet to be proven. You can find her online at www.kellyswails.com.

Please join Kelly and all our awesome, potentially sleep-deprived readers on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

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William Shunn has served as co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk since our 27th episode in October 2010. He devised our current five-reader format, introduced such popular recurring features as our Poem by Bill, and designed and programmed our website. He also blogs and occasionally podcasts at www.shunn.net.

An acclaimed writer of short fiction, Bill has been shortlisted for the highest awards in science fiction, including the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In June he moved with his wife and dog to New York City, where he's turned his attention to a series of linked stories drawn from his experiences as a Mormon missionary in the late 1980's. He has returned to Chicago every month since moving to keep hosting Tuesday Funk, but will hang up his hat at last after next week's show. Does a Tuesday Funk East lurk somewhere around the corner? Only time will tell.

Please join Bill—for the last time!—and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive)
G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive) hails from Chicago's South Side. He is the author of four books of poetry, inlcuding the 2013 Poetry Book of the Year Revenge of the Orgasm (An Erotic Autobiography). G.P.A. has won the Moth Storytelling Slam twice, won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Poetry Pentathlon, won the Michael Baisden Poetry Slam, and most recently, won Urban Image Magazine's Talent Search. Currently he is working on a novel, Bobo's Middle School Adventures.

Please join G.P.A. and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: J. Michael Grey

            

J. Michael Grey
J. Michael Grey is a playwright and essayist. Many of his plays have been acted out at Blue Box World's now ten years running play series, STICKY, in New York City, including NO L. coming up later in December.

Please join Michael and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Meet Our Readers: Davis Schneiderman

            

Davis Schneiderman
Davis Schneiderman's works include the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel, with audio from Dj Spooky, and the newly released [SIC] (Fall 2013), with intro by Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker.

His work has has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, Harpers.org, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse; he blogs for The Huffington Post and is a Contributing Editor for The Nervous Breakdown.

He is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs at Lake Forest College. He also Directs Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books.

Please join Davis and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jocelyn Geboy

            

Jocelyn Geboy
Jocelyn Geboy is a sixteen-year non-native native of Chicago. She is slightly obsessed with square dogs, bees, and all things mini. She has performed improvisationally with =e, been sketchy with Das Glumlot, and became part of Listen to Your Mother this year.

She is the creator of The First Time reading series and has maintained her own personal blog for the last nine years at smussyolay.com. She previously blogged for Chicagoist and BlockAvenue, and now has a new home at Chicago Now with "An Unquiet Chicagoan."

Please join Jocelyn and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: J.H. Palmer

            

J.H. Palmer co-produces the monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote, which takes place the second Sunday of the month at Swim Cafe, and which recently celebrated its one year anniversary. She has appeared at a number of storytelling and live lit venues, and her work has appeared on the online publication The Toast. She is pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, and she just won the Annual Prose Award for non-fiction from the Guild Literary Complex!

J.H. Palmer

Please join Jessica and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

            

Paul McComas & Greg Starrett
Paul McComas is the author of two novels, two short-story collections, and a novella. His book Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, & (Dark) Humor (2011, Walkabout Publishing) won a Silver Prize at the 2012 Midwest Book Awards. His next novel, Logan's Journey, co-authored with Logan's Run author William F. Nolan, is slated for 2014 publication. Paul has edited two short-fiction anthologies, and his short indie movies have been screened at festivals worldwide, garnering international and national prizes. He teaches writing, literature, and film at various sites. A Milwaukee native, Paul lives in Evanston, Ill. with his wife and fellow fiction writer, Heather, and their rescue greyhound, Sam. Learn more at: www.PaulMcComas.com

Greg Starrett is a first-time author. He is a founder of Veidt Radio Theatre, which produces original Old Time Radio shows. Greg also is a fill-in music-show host and voice-over man for WJOB AM 1230 in Hammond, Indiana. He is employed as a telecommunications technician and enjoys foraging for wild foods, making jellies, mustards, and pickles, and beekeeping. A native of "Da Region," he lives in Munster, Indiana, with his wife and best friend Laurie, their cat Tippecanoe, and dog Tyler too.

Together at Tuesday Funk Paul and Greg will perform a scene from their new novel Fit for a Frankenstein in full costume and makeup. Please join them and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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