Tuesday Funk : Participants : Page 28

Meet Our Readers: Mary Zemaitis

            

Tuesday Funk.jpgMary Zemaitis won her second-grade writing contest for the groundbreaking story "The Stolen Princess." The piece documented a sea princess's struggle against underwater witches. It is considered Mary's definitive work because her teacher laminated it. Pretty much downhill from there.

As an adult, Mary performs stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy around Chicago with Salsation and One Group Mind. She has been featured in Beast Women Cabaret, 100 Proof Comedy, and Mortified. Follow her on Twitter at @Zemidas_Touch.

Please come see Mary and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

IMG_4583.JPGKelly Swails is a writer who pays the bills by editing an online scientific journal. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including "Predator and Prey 2" and "Boondocks Fantasy." She and her husband are in the process of moving to Chicago. When she's not working, writing, commuting, or packing, she knits and plays guitar. 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 come see Kelly and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: B. E. Pinkham

            

IMG_3576-1.JPGB. E. Pinkham has held various paying jobs in commercial photography, interior design and customer service management but considers her true career to be as non-market skill specialist in the disciplines of creative writing, visual art and community building.

Originally from Long Island, she moved to the Midwest and earned all the fine arts degrees she could ever want, including an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, she rehabbed apartment buildings and had all the tenants she would ever want. Later still, she gave birth to all the children she would ever want. Since then, she's been writing. She hasn't written everything she wants yet. She is fascinated by water, houses and trees both as metaphors and as physical entities. Consequently, she lives near the lake in Chicago, in an old bungalow under a large copper beech tree.

At Tuesday Funk, she will be reading from her as yet unpublished memoir, Let Me Look at You. Her essays and stories have appeared in the anthology, Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine House, 2010), in Brain, Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers and in The Examined Life: a Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (Fall 2011). One of her visual artworks (subject: trees, houses.) is currently hanging in the Creative Connections exhibit at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square.

Please come see B. E. Pinkham and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

            

colin-lg.jpg The Colin & Ishmael Players came together in a hilarious meet-cute when they all tried to rob the same lemonade stand. In the back of the patrol car, they decided to attempt one last big score together. That is, unless they make it big in show biz first. Stay tuned, true believers.

Please see the Players and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd, for our United States of Horror Edition in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: John Everson

            

john-everson-mugshot.jpg John 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. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere is being released by Samhain Publishing in trade paperback on October 2, 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 John Everson: Dark Arts.

Please see John and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar.

Meet Our Readers: Cynthia (cina) Pelayo

            

cinapelayo.jpgCynthia (cina) Pelayo grew up in a haunted house with very superstitious parents in Chicago's northwest side. She is a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Fine Art in Writing program, where she says she majored in the macabre. Her short story collection, Loteria, is a collection of 54 short stories based on Latin American folklore, superstition, legend and myth.

Her first horror novel, Santa Muerte, about the Mexican cult of death, will be released in October via Post Mortem Press. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is also the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books, her boutique horror press that publishes emerging horror writers and has produced an anthology of Gothic stories. She wears black—most of the time—and she stays out of the sun as much as (un)humanly possible.

Please see Cynthia and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

High strung William Shunn is the author of thirty works of short fiction, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon-nominated novella "Inclination" (available as an audiobook from Audible.com). His stories have appeared in Salon, Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Storyteller, Electric Velocipede, and various Year's Best anthologies. An early draft of his memoir The Accidental Terrorist can be heard as a podcast.

Bill is also a co-producer and co-host of our Tuesday Funk readings, of which his Poems by Bill are a regular feature. In the wake of the recent World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, he is beginning to come to terms with the fact that his best-known piece of writing by far is his essay on "Proper Manuscript Format." He is unwelcome ever to return to Canada, and claims he is not actually a grand motherfucker.

Please see Bill and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Patricia Skalka

            

Screen shot 2012-09-10 at 1.27.23 PM.png A native Chicagoan, Patricia Skalka grew up reading books from the once-a-week mobile library in her far southeast side neighborhood. Although always a fan of fiction, she spent most of her professional life writing award-winning medical and human interest articles for Reader's Digest, Ladies' Home Journal, and more than a dozen other national publications. She also ghosted non-fiction books for Rodale Books and Random House, and is co-author of Nurses on Our Own (St. Martin's Press, Avon), which was optioned for a TV movie.

Now she's where she's wanted to be all along─writing novels. Death in Door County, the first book in her literary mystery series, is being considered by a leading publisher, and she's hard at work on the second installment. Pat is a member of the Authors Guild and Off Campus Writers Workshop. Check out her reviews of fiction and non-fiction books─both new and old favorites─on her blog, Books in Brief.

Please see Pat and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: M. Salahuddin Khan

            

Born in Burewala, Pakistan, in 1952 of refugee parents from India, M. Salahuddin Khan is a management consultant. From 1998 to 2007, he was the Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, and Senior VP of Global Marketing and Strategy for NAVTEQ Corp. From 2006 to 2008, he was publisher of Islamica Magazine.

MSK-Image-Casual-8.png In 2008, Khan was co-executive producer of a 12-minute short movie called The Boundary, starring Alexander Siddig (Syriana, Kingdom of Heaven). The movie was about civil liberties at a U.S. border crossing in a post-9/11 world. Khan has made radio and TV appearances, including NBC, CTV, WBZ Boston, Mancow in the Morning, and others. He is also the Thursday host of Radio Islam at WCEV 1450 AM Chicago and has had featured op-ed pieces in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post.

In less than a year following initial publication, Khan's debut novel, Sikander, was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2011 Paris Book Festival, sikander.jpg winner in the fiction category at the 2011 Beach and 2011 Hollywood Book Festivals, and runner-up in the same category for the 2011 New York Book Festival. Sikander was also the winner in the multi-cultural fiction category at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for 2011. Khan was also awarded the CAIR Chicago Book Award for 2012.

Along with being a husband to loving wife Rehana and father to their six children, Khan is a designer, engineer, artist, writer, inventor (with several U.S. patents), and worldwide traveler.

Please see Salahuddin and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Rachel Wilson

            

Photo 191.jpg Rachel Wilson's YA debut Don't Touch will be published by Harper Children's in Summer 2014. Rachel studied Theater at Northwestern University and earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

As a company member of Barrel of Monkeys Children's Theater, she teaches, adapts children's writing for the stage, and wears lots of silly hats! She also performs regularly in Barrel of Monkeys' long-running show, That's Weird, Grandma! Rachel lives on the beach with a sweet dog named Remy Frankenstein. You can find her on Twitter at @storybookgirl or at http://storybookgirl.blogspot.com.

Please see Rachel and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

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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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