Tuesday Funk : Poems by Bill : Page 2

At our special edition of Tuesday Funk at Open Books on Friday, September 14, co-host William Shunn read his poem "Telegraph," which was written as a reward perk for Chicago Writers Conference donor Tina Woelke on a topic of her choosing. The topic Tina chose was "reading," and the poem went a little like this...

And if you liked that, you won't want to miss our next event, Tuesday Funk's United States of Horror, which will take place Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and will include readings from John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and The Colin & Ishmael Players. We hope to see you then!


Last week our co-host William Shunn
Had just a little too much fun
Reading a poem that was meant to take the piss
Out of the tropes of science fiction,
In a faux-hiphoppish diction,
And it sounded just a little bit like this:

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books, featuring M. Salahuddin Khan, Patricia Skalka, Rachel Wilson, William Shunn, and Mary Robinette Kowal!


As you know, we like to take things easy during the month of July. Therefore on this pre-holiday morning on which we'd normally be mounting a live episode of Tuesday Funk we present instead a poem from nearly a year ago, on the subject of living forever...

And if you enjoyed that, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our next Tuesday Funk, Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, which will also feature great readings from Stacy Bierlein, Holly McDowell, Scott Smith, Jesse Jordan, and our very own Sara Ross Witt. Have a great Fourth of July!

Video: William Shunn wags the dog


At our April Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn shared this short poem, "Old Man Walking an Old Dog"...

And if you enjoyed that, though Bill himself will be absent, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our very next Tuesday Funk, tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, which will also feature great readings from B.C. Bell, Chris Mendius, Julie Rosenthal, Susanna Lang, and Tom Underberg. Be there!


At our March Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn continued his theoretically infinite series of poems with this offering, "La Sagrada Tarea," inspired by the work of Robert A. Caro...

And if you enjoyed that, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our very next Tuesday Funk, tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, which will also feature great readings from Mary Anne Mohanraj, J.H. Palmer, Charlotte Hart, Mare Swallow, and Nebula Award winner Richard Chwedyk. Be there!

December debriefing


Gale force It was a gale-force wind that struck Hopleaf this past Tuesday night. At least, that's what I gather from the way audience members kept telling us they were blown away. We never know quite how any given evening is going to go, but we're happy to report that this latest Tuesday Funk maintained the high quality we've come to expect over the past year. At least in this co-host's humble opinion. If you weren't there, let us tell you a little about what you missed.

Things started strong right out of the gate as Emile Ferris blew us away with a fierce primal scream of a poem. John Klima maintained the buzz as he led us on a trippy journey through three related dreams. And to round out the first half of the show, Hanna Martine raised temperatures with a teaser from her extraordinary paranormal erotica.

After a break for beer and a poem about Bill's trench coat (see below) came a high school reunion of sorts. After a powerful excerpt from Patricia Ann McNair's acclaimed new story collection, her former classmate Jody Lynn Nye led us on a funny and thrilling romp through the dark terrain of lycanthropy.

The fact that Patty and Jody go back so far was a synchronicity we didn't discover until after we'd scheduled them on the same bill, which is only one of the many great synchronicities that emerge from any given evening at Tuesday Funk.

But don't worry if you weren't there! We'll be posting video of everyone's performances over the coming days and weeks, so watch this space. And of course Tuesday Funk will continue bringing great readers together throughout 2012, starting January 3rd with strong work from Stephen Markley, Lawrence Santoro, Christopher Sweet, and more, plus another probable Poem By Bill.  Mark your calendar now, because the new year won't properly begin until you've been Funk'd.

November debriefing


POW! Greetings from standby jury duty. Yes, your humble co-host is doing his civic duty in Rolling Meadows, but it seems unlikely he'll be empaneled owing to that felony conviction way back when that we've sort of hinted around about before. But I digress...

The reviews are in! This week's Tuesday Funk has been called "the best Funk yet," by at least one recurring audience member. Were you there? What did you think? Don't remember much of the evening? Let me refresh your memory.

Returning Funker Cesar Torres started us off with a transcription of a Dia de los Muertos vlog post from Lady Death herself, and more dark, seasonal fiction. Matt Wood brought us a timely public service announcement, in setting forth the proper method for ordering a corned beef sandwich from the men with mustaches at Manny's Deli. And to finish out the first half, Funk veteran Suzanne Clores tantalized us with a section of her memoir about young women abroad in France without much money and without a plan.

After a break for beer and a poem about dogs (or was it? see below), Laura Stark favored us with a funny and painful memoir about breaking up during the Thanksgiving season. And to bring a widely varied show to a moody close, Funk mainstay J.D. Adamski brought us a dark and stylish tale from the brink of Chicago noir.

But don't worry if you weren't there. We'll be posting video of everyone's performances over the coming days and weeks, so watch this space. And of course Tuesday Funk will be breaking on through again on December 6th with great work from Jody Lynn Nye, Patricia Ann McNair, Hanna Martine, Emile Ferris, and John Klima, and yet another Poem By Bill.  It's our holiday present from us to you, so mark your calendar now!


At this week's Tuesday Funk, co-host William Shunn read "You Are Here," a poem he composed for the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. (He and his wife Laura Chavoen lived in Queens near the East River at the time.) Here's the brief video:


Next up in our July videofest is this short poem from Funk co-host William Shunn, "The Lunar Night, Chicago"...

And be sure to join us on Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 pm upstairs at Hopleaf, for six more great readers, including Tegan Jones, Sondra Morin, Eden M. Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz and Karen Skalitzky—plus another of our patented Poems by Bill!

Video: Infidel dog


A monthly feature of our Tuesday Funk readings is the Poem By Bill, which will be back on June 21st as part of our special "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature" edition. Fear not, though—the poem this time will be much shorter than the one from our May 3rd edition!

Please join us on Tuesday, June 21st, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm, for another Poem By Bill, and not incidentally for great readings by Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, and Kelly Swails! It's free!

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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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