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Meet Our Readers: Lisa Chalem

            

Lisa Chalem has loved writing since childhood when she and her best friend wrote a three page screenplay about two friends who realize fame and fortune as world renowned disco dancers.

Her blog, Feel the Love. Eat the Food, chronicles how she turned her twisted relationship with food into a healthy one, and features recipes designed to lure the cooking phobic off the phone with the pizza guy and into the kitchen.

Lisa is a member of the Writers Workspace of Chicago and lives in Lakeview with her husband and two sons. She's thrilled to be reading at Tuesday Funk.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Lisa and our talented group of readers on April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

            
Hey, Funkers, we're delighted to welcome author and journalist Robert K. Elder to our April 5th lineup. Rob's upcoming book is It Was Over When...: True Tales of Romantic Dead Ends. He discussed his previous effort, The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark, recently on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly:

Watch this space for more on Rob and all our upcoming readers, and be sure to join us upstairs at Hopleaf on April 5th, 7:30 pm! You'll be glad you did.

Meet Our Readers: Joe Weintraub

            

For the past thirty or so years Joe Weintraub has been publishing fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in all sorts of literary reviews and periodicals, from The Massachusetts Review to Modern Philology.

He has had one-act plays produced in New York City and Naperville, and has been an Around-the-Coyote and StoneSong poet as well as a featured author in readings at such Chicago landmarks as the Uptown Writers Space, the Red Lion Pub, the Mix, and the Bourgeois Pig. He is pleased to be adding Hopleaf and Tuesday Funk to that list.

 

Joe_Weintraub.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Joe and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Steven H Silver

            

Steven H Silver is a publisher, editor, author, poet, and reviewer ... in his "free time." When he isn't messing around in the literary arts, he raises his two daughters, spends time with his wife, and shores up the foundation of his house so it doesn't collapse under the weight of books—his own personal collection and the warehouse for ISFiC Press.

Steven has been questioned by the police outside the KGB building in Russia, spent several days chauffeuring Buzz Aldrin, and was a Jeopardy! champion. His writing has been features in Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, Helix, BookPage, Love & Rockets, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, and amazingly enough has been translated into French, Japanese, and Russian.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Steven and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Keith Ecker

            

Keith Ecker is the co-producer of Essay Fiesta, a monthly reading series at the Book Cellar. Keith_Ecker.jpgHe has been invited to read at numerous shows throughout Chicago. He is also a professional freelance writer, specializing in travel, technology and law, and a theater critic for the Chicago Theater Blog. When he's not writing, he's sleeping.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Keith and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Jenny Seay

            

Jenny Seay was in the third grade when she first decided to be a writer. Her pursuit of this dream has never been simple or straightforward, but she continues to follow it anyway, knowing that the journey has taken her to some pretty interesting and unexpected places.

 

Jenny recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents: a semi-monthly reading series. Her work has appeared in publications such as TimeOut Chicago, Venus Zine, Punk PlanetSwink, and Hair Trigger. Lately all she can think about outside of work is finishing her novel, a coming-of-age tale involving professional wrestling.

 

Jenny_Seay.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jenny and our talented crew of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Kast

            

Maggie Kast grew up with egg nog on Christmas morning and clambakes on the beach in summer. She learned to cook from Fannie Farmer and Julia Child, while marriage broadened her horizons to inlcude Tafelspitz and Salburger Nockerln. Her M.F.A.—Writing from Vermont College was nourished by New England Culinary Institute's whimsical food service: funny eggs for breakfast and ice sculptures at night.

Food figures in her stories in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud, Paper Street and others and in her book, The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer's memoir of loss, faith and family, as well as in her blog, ritualandrhubarbpie.blogspot.com. No food in her essays in America, Writer's Chronicle, Image Journal and ACM/Another Chicago Magazine.

She is currently at work on a novel, tentatively titled Starting at the End. An excerpt from the novel, "Just Ducky" is forthcoming in spring 2011 in Crave It: Writers and Artists Do Food, an anthology of visual art and writing from Red Claw Press.

 

Maggie_Kast2.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Maggie and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.  

Tuesday Funk likes Write Club

            

writeclub.jpg By the way, Funkers, there's a most excellent literary face-off coming your way tonight at The Hideout, where impressario Ian Belknap regularly hosts Write Club, a bare-knuckle brawl where words are weapons.

Tonight's edition of this long-running tradition features, among the other bouts, Essay Fiesta hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon squaring off on the subject of BOY vs. GIRL. Who's your money on?

Alyson read for us on January 4th, Keith will appear March 1st, and Ian will drop by our podium April 5th. But to see them all in one exciting evening, be sure to drop by The Hideout tonight at 7:00 pm, 1354 W. Wabansia in Chicago. Suggested donation $8.

Meet Our Readers: Jerry Schwartz

            

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Jerry Schwartz is the author of Pixels of Young Mueller, a coming-of-age tale published in 2010 by All Things That Matter Press. Visit his website at itsjerryschwartz.com.

Schwartz also writes, plays, sings, and produces the music of The Jerrys, a British-influenced guitar-pop band. The Jerrys appear in Pixels of Young Mueller, Schwartz's debut novel. Check out The Jerrys at itsthejerrys.com.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jerry and our talented clutch of readers on February 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Eden Robins

            

In the grand tradition of underemployed artists, Eden Robins has been: a singing waitress, a dildo salesman, a dental assistant, an abortion clinic receptionist, a blowjob instructor, a travel writer, a pelvic model, and a Swahili teacher. She has published some things in some places, but not enough things or enough places for you to have noticed.

She is co-founder and co-editor of the semiprozine Brain Harvest, has a novel that's going to be done soon, goddammit, and is currently learning kung fu and the ukulele.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Eden and our talented bunch of readers on February 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm.

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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, May 2, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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