Tuesday Funk : Participants : Page 26

Meet Our Readers: Lania Knight

            

Lania Knight photo.jpgLania Knight lives down-state where she teaches creative writing at a small-ish directional school. Her stories and essays have appeared (or are about to!) in New Stories from the Midwest, Midwestern Gothic, Jabberwock Review, and PANK. Her first book, a novella about a gay teenager in Missouri, was published in August 2012. You can find out more about her at www.laniaknight.com.

Hear Lania and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Mairead Case

            

Mairead Case.jpgMairead Case (@maireadcase) is a writer, teacher, and graduate student with recent work in Best American Comics 2011, The Unified Field, and at Bright Stupid Confetti. Currently she is Youth Services Assistant at the Poetry Foundation Library and edits projects for featherproof books, Yeti Publishing, and the Public Media Institute, among others. She is completing a novel.

Hear Mairead and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: CP Chang

            

CP_Chang.JPG CP Chang, a company member of 2nd Story, is a writer and software consultant. He received his M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago, and was formerly an Associate Producer for Elephant Rock Productions. He is blessed to be married to Jessica Young, a teacher, performer, and writer.

CP will be reading as part of our mini-series featuring writers from the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. Hear him and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: John Everson

            

johneverson-horrorbles2.jpgJohn Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, as well as the novels Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released in paperback from Dorchester/Leisure Books and now available in e-book via 47North. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere was released by Samhain Publishing in 2012. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including Creeptych, Deadly Nightlusts, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. Over the past 20 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Italian, Turkish and French, and optioned for potential film production. He is also the founder and publisher of the independent press Dark Arts Books.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he holds down a regular job at a medical association, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit him at his website John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com or on Facebook or his Author page on Amazon.com.

Hear him and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Gina Frangello

            

gina.jpgGina Frangello is the author of 3 books of fiction: A Life in Men (forthcoming from Algonquin in 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). The longtime editor of Other Voices magazine, she co-founded its book imprint, Other Voices Books, in 2004 and continues to serve as the Executive Editor. She is also the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus and the Fiction Editor of The Nervous Breakdown. Her short fiction, journalism, interviews and reviews have been published widely in magazines, newspapers and anthologies including Fence, the Chicago Reader, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She often teaches in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, and recently launched an international writing program in Mexico that will debut this July.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Pat Bohan

            

Mary Pat Bohan gal.jpgMary Pat Bohan has been performing stand-up and story telling with The Kates at the Book Cellar for a couple years and has also performed with Beast Women. You may have gotten a taste of MP's material at Essay Fiesta, Guts & Glory, or Story Club. MP strives to perfect the art of turning her pain into comedy. In January MP launched her podcast, which can be found at JumpingtheFenceStories.com. Please...Go have a listen.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Patricia Ann McNair

            

patricia_mcnair.jpg Patricia Ann McNair is the author of The Temple of Air, a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors Best Book Award and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award. She's received four Illinois Arts Council Awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation US Professor of the Year. McNair teaches in Columbia College Chicago's Fiction Writing Department.

Patty will be reading as part of our mini-series featuring writers from the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Hanna Martine

            

Martine_headshot_web.jpgHanna Martine left a decade of office work in order to show her daughter what it meant to go after one's dream. She loves bar stools, books, travel and her friends. Though she and her family live outside Chicago, her heart resides in Australia.

She writes paranormal and contemporary romance for Berkley Sensation/Penguin. The first two novels in her paranormal Elementals series, LIQUID LIES and A TASTE OF ICE, are available now, with two more forthcoming. The first book in her contemporary Highland Games series, LONG SHOT, will release October 2013. Please visit her at www.hannamartine.com.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

Mr. Perry Slaughter Chairman of the Board: A Novella by Perry Slaughter Besides serving as co-host of Tuesday Funk, William Shunn slinks through life as the lesser-known secret identity of hard-edged cult pulp fiction author Perry Slaughter.

Mr. Slaughter, or so the story goes, first came to prominence in the mid-1980's with slender works of genre fiction hailed as "utterly bereft of any moral center." More recently his short stories have appeared in Electric Velocipede and elsewhere. Sinister Regard Publishing has just undertaken a project to reissue some of his early novellas, including Chairman of the Board, Deus Ex Machina, and Whether We Are Mended. He divides his time between the northeastern United States and a yacht plying international waters. His passions include vinyl records, scotch whisky, and high-seas piracy.

Hear Bill (and/or Mr. Slaughter) and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, January 1, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Christopher Sweet

            

csweet2013.jpg Christopher Sweet, a returning Tuesday Funk reader, studied writing in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College, Chicago, and is obsessed with problems of historiography, time, quantum stuff, and anything else that hasn't been totally monetized.

Hear Chris and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, January 1, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

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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, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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