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Meet Our Readers: Holly McDowell

            

Holly McDowell lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado, with her rock-climbing husband and the world's cutest Polish Lowland Sheepdog. This picture was taken during her recent visit to Chicago, when she fell in love with the city.

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Join Tuesday Funk's special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Holly and the rest of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

Kelly Swails is a clinical microbiologist by day and a writer by night. When she's not wrestling with bacteria or words, she can be found reading, knitting, or watching movies. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including *Timeshares* and *The Crimson Pact,* and she is currently working on a novel. Find her online at www.kellyswails.com.

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Join Tuesday Funk's special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m, at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Kelly and the rest of our talented readers!

            

Gregory A. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009.

He regularly reads from his work at conferences across the country and is a member of Codex, the Writers' Symposium, Backspace, and several other author groups on and offline. He is currently in the process of submitting his second and third novels, Icarus and Grayshade respectively, to publishers, represented in this effort by Roger Williams of the Publish or Perish Literary Agency. With fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu, he co-hosts Speculate!: The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.

He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene—named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him—and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

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Join our special Tuesday Funk Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Greg and all of our amazing readers!

            

Sarah K. Castle published her first essay in Rider Magazine in 1987. Almost twenty years later, she got busy writing science fiction. She attended Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop in 2006. Since then, she's published stories in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Nature.

Sarah lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. She's a registered geologist and has worked in national forests, oil fields, a landfill, and most recently for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.

For more information, visit Sarah's site at http://www.skcastle.com, or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/castlesarah.

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Join us at our special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., to hear Sarah and the rest of our out-of-this-world readers!

Meet Our Readers: Paul McComas

            

Paul McComas is the author of four critically acclaimed books—two novels, Planet of the Dates (currently in development as a Hollywood feature) and Unplugged, and the short-story collections Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, and (Dark) Humor and Twenty Questions (now in its third printing)—as well as the editor of two anthologies, First Person Imperfect and Further Persons Imperfect. He recently co-authored the novel Logan's Journey (slated for 2012 publication) with William F. Nolan, bestselling author of the science-fiction classic Logan's Run, and is currently editing an anthology of "place-based fiction" called Proving Grounds.

His short narrative films and videos have garnered international, national, and regional prizes, been screened at festivals worldwide, and been shown on network, public, and cable TV.

Since 1987, Paul—two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice—has performed his own work at ninety theaters and other venues nationwide, as well as on National Public Radio's "Tavis Smiley Show" and on numerous NPR affiliates. The Chicago Tribune calls his performance style "urgent and mesmerizing," and the Chicago Sun-Times says, "No one is doing in-store readings as lively."

Since 1998, Paul has taught writing, literature, and film at numerous sites and at multiple levels, from adult-ed to Master's programs, winning teaching awards from Northwestern and National-Louis universities. He has been a Visiting Artist at twenty universities, academies, and arts-centered high schools, and he lectures about literature and writing nationwide, in part through Chicago's News & Views speakers' bureau.

Paul founded the teen-suicide-prevention program Rock Against Depression (1995-2000) and received the Mental Health Association's Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Leadership Circle inductee of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Paul's anthologies, charity concerts, Dayna Clay CD, "No-Budget Theatre" DVD, and Amateur two-CD set have raised $10,500 to date for RAINN, mental-health outreach, wilderness preservation, at-risk youth, and blood services (he recently donated his one-hundredth pint).

Paul has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Evanston Arts Council, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Paul received a BA in English from Lawrence University and an MA in Film from Northwestern. He and wife Heather McComas, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, IL, with their newly adopted rescue greyhound, Sam.

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Hear Paul read Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. with the rest of our crew at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Tim W. Brown

            

Tim W. Brown was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. In 1983 he graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a degree in American studies. He is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997), Left of the Loop (2001), Walking Man (2008), and Second Acts (2010), which won the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction.

Brown's fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications, including Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Chelsea, Chiron Review, Colorado Review, The Ledge, Main Street Rag, New Observations, Oyez Review, Pleiades, Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Rockford Review, Slipstream, Small Press Review and Storyhead. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, specializing in reviewing small-press books, and he has received literature grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Poets & Writers, and the National Writer's Voice, as well as a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation.

A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city's literary scene as a writer, performer, and publisher of the poetry zine Tomorrow Magazine (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003. He currently earns his living as a writer at Bloomberg LP.

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Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of The Winds of Khalakovo, the first of three planned books in "The Lays of Anuskaya" series. In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad's stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, "In the Eyes of the Empress's Cat," was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.

Like any writer, Brad had a lot of influences along the way, but the ones that stand out the most are J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, C.S. Friedman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tim Powers, and (last but not least) Glen Cook. Brad is a software engineer by day, wrangling code into something resembling usefulness. He is also an amateur cook. He loves to cook spicy dishes, particularly Mexican and southwestern. He lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his wife and two children. As time goes on, however, Brad finds that his hobbies are slowly being whittled down to these two things: family and writing. In that order...

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Come hear Brad and the rest of our crew read May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Brooke Wonders

            

Brooke Wonders is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies trauma theory and nonfiction, while secretly writing dark fantasy on the side. This summer she will be attending the storied Clarion Writers' Workshop in San Diego on a partial scholarship. Ask her how excited she is by this. On second thought, don't. She may explode.

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Join us Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. to hear Brooke and our whole crew read at Hopleaf's upstairs bar.

Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith

            

Scott Smith has two jobs, at present. The one he gets paid for in dollars involves digital strategy at Chicago magazine. The one he gets paid for in experience and graying hair involves parenting his daughter Abigail with his wife Erin.

The limited time he has left in the day is usually spent on Twitter, metaphorically framing life events in terms of comic books or West Wing episodes: twitter.com/ourmaninchicago.

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Check out Scott and the rest of our crew on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

            

WindsofKhalakovo_TP_Cover_r4_med.jpg We'll have more to tell you about Bradley P. Beaulieu in the next week or so, since he'll be part of our upcoming Tuesday Funk reading on May 3rd. But in case you're near Milwaukee today and need something fun to do, we wanted to let you know about this afternoon's book launch party for Brad's new epic fantasy novel, The Winds of Khalakovo.

Drop by the Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee this afternoon, Saturday, April 23rd, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, where Brad will be reading from The Winds of Khalakovo and signing copies.

Then stop by the informal after-party at Cafe Hollander from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for music, food, and a rapid-fire reading with some of Brad's writing buddies. We hear there will also be a raffle with all kinds of cool swag to win! (For more info about the launch and after-party, click here.)

Winds is already garnering raves from the likes of Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, so don't miss your chance to pick up a signed copy and party with the up-and-coming author.

And be sure not to miss Brad and the rest of our monstrously talented crew May 3rd at Hopleaf 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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