Tuesday Funk : Participants : Page 39

Meet Our Readers: Christopher Sweet

            

Christopher Sweet has one foot in the nineteenth century and the other in the twenty-first. By this he means: his grandmother, who helped to guide him through his childhood and adolescence, was born in 1875. His iMac was born last year.

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Join Tuesday Funk on January 4th at Hopleaf's upstairs bar (7:30 p.m.) to hear Chris and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Alyson Lyon

            

Alyson Lyon is co-producer of Essay Fiesta. Her essay entitled "Control" recently aired on the Insects & Robots radio-show/podcast from Vancouver. She will be going up against Essay Fiesta co-producer Keith Ecker at Write Club at The Hideout on Feb 15. It is certain to be a bloodbath!

Additionally, Alyson works as a makeup artist. Check out her beauty blog: AlysonHeartsFaces.com. She also wants everyone to know that despite the controversy, she stands firm in the belief that indeed, less is more.

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Join Tuesday Funk on January 4th at Hopleaf's upstairs bar (7:30 p.m.) to hear Alyson and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Valerie Jupe

            

Born and bred in the great state of Texas, Valerie Jupe has worked as a video editor in television for over seven years, many of which were spent in New York City. She loves to travel the world, and has a particular affinity for Prague. She also loves wine from Chile, taking far too many photos, and rambling ceaselessly about Chicago architecture. She fancies herself as food critic to be reckoned with, and writes reviews for Yelp.

She also considers herself something of a poet, having been featured as a reader at The Green Muse in Austin, as well as in two reading series, The Inspired Word and An Echo, A Stain, in New York City. She is also published in poetry journals such as The Best of Stain, The Prada Poet, and in her collection Shattered Fragments of My Soul.

You can further indulge your growing Val! obsession by viewing her photos here, and reading her Yelp reviews here.

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Join Tuesday Funk on January 4th at Hopleaf's upstairs bar (7:30 p.m.) to hear Valerie and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Johanna Stein

            

Johanna is a writer/director/comedian/forward/slash/abuser whose work ranges from award-winning animated kids shows for places like Disney, Nickelodeon and PBS... to adult humor for places like the New York Times, Comedy Central, and VH-1... to really, really adult humor like this dirty little film short that has offended and titillated film festival audiences across North America.

Johanna recently wrote about her nipples in Afterbirth: Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine (St. Martin's Press)—you can buy it here; it makes a real nice Channukah present. If you'd like to learn more about Johanna, see more of her work, or email her about the $50K that is awaiting her in Nigeria, you can find her through her website, www.jojostein.com.

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Join Tuesday Funk tomorrow (December 7th) at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Johanna and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Fraser Coffeen

            
Fraser Coffeen is one of the founding editors of and a regular contributor at HeadKickLegend.com. Dedicated to presenting the latest news and analysis on the world of kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts, HeadKickLegend was recently named one of the top 20 worldwide MMA sites by MMAPayout.com. 

Prior to his work with HKL,Fraser was a contributor at K-1Legend and Total MMA. In addition to covering kickboxing and mixed martial arts, Fraser has written a number of screenplays and radio plays with an emphasis on horror. Fraser has also worked in the weird underbelly of the Chicago arts scene as a member of the critically acclaimed and now deceased Defiant Theatre, where he honed his love for visceral, exciting entertainment. This love for the odd side of the road led him to create the two-person sideshow act Numbskull, the Human Blockhead in collaboration with Jennifer Ann Coffeen, which the pair has performed throughout the Midwest.

Today, Fraser also works as a theatrical blood effects artist.  When not writing or doing blood work, Fraser has been a professional wrestling ring announcer, a comic book character for Alex Ross, studied clowning and physical theater, and worked with numerous Chicago theater companies.

FCoffeen.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Fraser and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Anne Calcagno

            
For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself, Anne Calcagno received the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award, an NEA and two IAC Fellowships. Her fiction has appeared in The North American Review, TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, and other publications. She won an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for her story "What's Yours?" published in Other Voices.

A dual national, Italian and American, she is also editor of Travelers Tales: Italy, which won Foreward's Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year. Her reviews and travel writing have appeared in the New York Times, the Italian American Historical Society, New City, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune. She's recently completed a novel about dog fighting in Chicago, titled LOVE LIKE A DOG. Calcagno teaches in the School of the Art Institute's MFA in Writing program.

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Join Tuesday Funk on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Anne and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Naomi Buck Palagi

            

Naomi Buck Palagi has made her way to Northwest Indiana via many stops, starting with a homesteader childhood in rural Kentucky, complete with goats and lots of bare feet, some years in the Mississippi Delta, an Oberlin College degree, and 5 years in and around the Chicago Theater scene.

She enjoys shaping all sorts of tangible things—wood, fabric, sound, words. She has work published or upcoming in Otoliths, Moria, Spoon River Review, Blue Fifth Review, and Wicked Alice, among others. Her chapbook silver roof tantrum is recently out from dancing girl press.

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Join Tuesday Funk on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Naomi and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Jotham Burrello

            

Jotham Burrello teaches in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago where he directs the Publishing Lab, a resource for emerging writers. His multimedia company, Elephant Rock Productions has produced two critically acclaimed instructional DVDs for writers and will publish Patricia McNair's story collection "The Temple of Air" in early 2011.

He lives, writes and farms flowers in lovely Ashford, Connecticut, with his wife and three little boys. You can read his essay about moving to New England, "Speed of Life," online at Drunken Boat.

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Join Tuesday Funk on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jotham and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Sondra Morin

            

Sondra Morin lives in Chicago and is a small town New Englander at heart. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and poems have appeared in vis a tergo and Curbside Splendor.

When she was five, she was scolded for drawing lowercase A's with a tail instead of a stick. She has been interested in language innovation and radical snail poetics since. You can read more on her blog at snailsaregood.blogspot.com."

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Sondra and all of our other talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Dave Snyder

            

Dave Snyder is a poet and gardener. Dave's poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Dave has received fellowships and awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the Iowa Review, Writers @ Work, and the Jentel Artist Residency.

As a grower, he is the director for America's first organically certified rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground, is founder of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, and blogs for the Huffington Post.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Dave and all of our talented readers!

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