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Meet Our Readers: Daryl Gregory

            

daryl_gregory050_260x388.jpg Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His second novel, The Devil's Alphabet, was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His 2011 novel Raising Stony Mayhall was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.

unpossiblecover_small.jpg Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publisher's Weekly. His comics work includes the ongoing Planet of the Apes series, and the recently completed Dracula: The Company of Monsters series (co-written with Kurt Busiek). He lives in State College, PA, where he writes programming code in the morning, prose in the afternoons, and comics at night.

Please join Daryl and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Adam Rakunas

            

IMG_0304-001.JPGAdam Rakunas lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. His work has been published by So New Media and Futurismic. He is currently working on a science fiction novel about sex, violence, and labor relations.

Please join Adam and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Jesse Jordan

            

Jesse Jordan is a writer and editor currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. He is an MFA graduate of Columbia College and a member of Reading Under the Influence (a monthly series which you can see tonight at Sheffield's). Gospel Hollow is his first novel.

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Please join Jesse and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Stacy Bierlein

            

photo.JPGStacy Bierlein is the author of the vibrant new story collection A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (May 2008), and a coeditor of Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (October 2011).

A longtime contributing editor to Other Voices Magazine, in 2005 Stacy joined Gina Frangello in founding the independent press Other Voices Books, and later the Morgan Street International Novel Series. She has been a visiting lecturer at Whittier College, UC Riverside at Palm Desert, and Columbia College. She contributes to various websites including The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown.

Her current book tour is taking her to ten cities. She rather likes being on the road and wishes she was in a rock band. If only someone had convinced teenaged Stacy to trade in her oboe for an electric guitar...

Please join Stacy and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Sara Ross Witt

            

Sara DC Sep 07.jpgSara Ross Witt is a co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing Program. She was raised in Ohio as a psychic by her biological mother, a detail she writes about in some of her short stories. Since leaving Ohio, she has lived in New York City, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis and has pursued a very non-psychic career as a technical writer for the United States Government, which included writing for the Office of the President. During her pregnancy, she authored Pregphobic and Pregnant, a blog mostly about pregnancy, some crafting, and the occasional reference to the movie Alien.

Sara lives with her husband, their 8-month old son, and two cats in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

Please join Sara and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Holly McDowell

            

Holly McDowell.jpgHolly McDowell lived in Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina before discovering the magical city of Chicago. She can be spotted drinking glögg, searching for the world's best tapas bar, and writing in coffee shops all over the windy city. The first episode of her serialized novel, King Solomon's Wives, is available for Kindle, Nook and Android, and it's interactive! If you read to the end, you get to vote on which character she has to write about next. Google her for details, or visit http://www.hollymcdowell.com.

Please join Holly and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith

            

Scott Smith is 37 years old and the Director of Digital Strategy for Chicago magazine. Scott cites his years attending college in Ohio as his most formative, and his years since, living in Chicago, as his most enriching. In his spare time, Scott enjoys comic books, whiskey, video games and the oeuvre of The Faces. He lives on the South Side in Beverly with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Abigail. Follow his further exploits at ourmaninchicago.net.

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Please join Scott and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Kristin Lueke

            

Kristin Lueke once lived in Southern California for 17 years in a row, if you can believe it. Her poems have been published in NAP, Untoward Magazine, the Acentos Review, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, (in)Different Math, is forthcoming this summer from Dancing Girl Press.

She sometimes reads not-poetry at the sometimes monthly but mostly sporadic reading series Ray's. No matter what she tells you, she knows nothing about science.

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Meet Our Readers: Alex Shakar

            

shakar.jpgAlex Shakar's latest novel, Luminarium, was this year's winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor's Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star.

His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition.

A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago.

            

Jen_Schaefer_pic.jpgJennifer Schaefer was born in nineteen seventy-something in Waukegan. She grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin, but spent her roaring twenties in London, where she lived in youth hostels, an assortment of squalid flats, a rundown old pub, and worked such varied jobs as barmaid, singer in a punk band, TV extra, financial advisor and fashion model.

You can read a chapter from her recently completed novel, The Salamander's Slipper, in the Spring 2012 print issue of Curbside Splendor literary journal. She's currently seeking a home for this book while working on a second, a supernatural adventure story set in a Renaissance faire. You can find her online at www.jenschaefer.com, and in-the-flesh in Evanston, where she's happily encumbered with a limey husband and their two lovely sprogs.

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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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