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Tuesday Funk #7

            



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BRYAN ALASPA Bryan Alaspa has been writing in one form or another since he first sat down in front of his mother's electric typewriter in the third grade. At that time he typed out his first three-page, punctuation-deprived piece of fiction. It has been downhill ever since.
Despite a brief detour into the world of broadcasting via radio, Bryan has been passionate about writing from that day forward.
Bryan wrote his first full-length novel, The Ballad of the Blue Denim Gang, just after college. Right after that he wrote a mystery novel, The Vanished Child. He took a break, writing mostly articles and business-related materials before returning to fiction with his powerful and disturbing look at small town life called Dust.
Bryan has also recently ventured into non-fiction thanks to Schiffer Publishing. His book Ghosts of St. Louis: the Lemp Mansion and Other Eerie Tales was released in 2007. He has since written the book Chicago Crime Stories: Rich Gone Wrong which will be released in spring of 2009. He has a book about famous Chicago disasters in the works for Schiffer as well.
RIG is his first foray into the genre that made Bryan want to start writing in the first place: horror fiction. While he wrote the book shortly after Dust, it took him time to rewrite and fine-tune the story for publication.
Bryan still lives in Chicago and is working on both fiction and non-fiction works while also writing articles, columns and reviews for various print and online publications. He still hopes to some day write the definitive book on Chicago.

JETT McALLISTER received an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and served as the editor of the journal Meridian. He is currently writing a dissertation on sublimity and contemporary poetry at the University of Chicago. His poems have recently appeared in the Columbia Poetry Review, Center, Hunger Mountain, Bitter Oleander, and other journals.

DARYL MURPHY received an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop and has published poetry and fiction in journals including The Black Scholar, Passages North, and The MacGuffin. Daryl has been creative writing faculty at various colleges and universities since 1985.

REINHARDT SUAREZ wonders why the king sent all his horses to help put Humpty Dumpty together after his unfortunate fall off the wall. This is principally due to two things: the common horse's animal intellect (which is woefully inadequate for the complex surgical work involved) combined with a distinct lack of oposable thumbs. Reinhardt Suarez, on the other hand, does not lack opposable thumbs. He has used his thumbs--along with his other fingers--to write his recently completed novel, Guessing and Keeping Still, as well as other sundry tales of derring-do. He lives in Chicago, where several other people live, too.

Tuesday Funk #6

            


Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, September 9th:



JOTHAM BURRELLO teaches in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College where he directs the publishing lab. His work has appeared in literary journals, many of which you have never heard of. He also runs the multimedia company erpmedia.net.

AMY DAVIS founded the nonprofit WorkShirts Writing Center, where she taught fiction workshops and ran a public reading series for five years, before leaving to focus on her own fiction and freelance writing again. She also served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary journal Fish Stories. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared nationally in The Sun and Book magazine, and she has received two artist residencies at Ragdale for a novel-in-progress. Currently, she is completing a nonfiction book, Art Works, with the artist Don Seiden, and is co-founder and the director of The Writers WorkSpace (www.writersworkspace.com), a shared studio and meeting space for writers in Chicago.

DON SEIDEN is a professor emeritus at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he founded SAIC's master of arts in art therapy program and taught in the sculpture and art education departments. As a visual artist, he has exhibited work in over thirty-five shows, was charter president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association, and has mentored other artists from around the world. He also has published three books, Artobiography (Fisheye Graphics, 2007), Mind Over Matter (Magnolia Street Press, 2000), and the first edition of the co-authored Direct Metal Sculpture (Crown Publishing, 1966). His latest book of nonfiction is called Art Works: How Making Art Illuminates Your Life. His website is www.donseiden.com.

CONNOR COYNE grew up in the East Village of Flint, Michigan. He received degrees from the University of Chicago and the New School in New York City. He is a cofounder of the Gothic Funk Nation, and his work has been featured in the Dick Pig Review. Connor lives in Uptown, Chicago, and maintains a website at www.hereisnowhy.com.

Tuesday Funk #5

            



Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, August 5th:



Poet and artist KRISTY BOWEN the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006) as well as several chapbook projects, including feign(NMP, 2007) and at the hotel andromeda, a collaborative book arts project inspired by Joseph Cornell. Her second collection, in the bird museum is forthcoming from Dusie Books this summer. Another, girl show, will be published by Ghost Road Press in 2009. She edits the online litzine wicked alice and runs dancing girl press & studio, which publishes work by women poets, hosts readings, retreats and workshops, and features a variety of paper and ephemera related arts and crafts. Visit: kristybowen.net.

ROY GUZMAN was raised from the depths of Honduras and relocated to the saunas of Miami, Florida. Holding degrees from the University of Chicago and Miami Dade College, Roy is an avid comic book and music collector, sometimes skipping two meals to save for another CD from those late-80s bands (O, why did they have to break up?). He fancies asking for help -- especially when he does not need it -- and his childhood hero is Cornelius Rooster.

CARL MARCUM received his MFA from the University of Arizona. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. His first collection of poems, "Cue Lazarus," was published in 2001. A new collection, "Constellation," is forthcoming. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University in Chicago where he teaches creative writing and literature.

Tuesday Funk #4

            



LUKE ANDERSON was one of the founding members of the Writers Workspace in Andersonville/Edgewater. He has been a rodman, a mailman, a high school teacher, a translator, a content development project manager, a barista, and an editor. He is currently a husband and father. Someday, he would like to add 'published fiction writer' to the list.

J-L DEHER-LESAINT was born and raised in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) and moved to the United States in 1995 where he earned degrees from Harold Washington College, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Virginia. His most recent publications include feature-length interviews with Edmund White and Edward P. Jones. He is an English professor at Harold Washington College.

HALLIE GORDON divides her time between Chicago and London where she is a graduate student in Creative Writing at Brunel University. She is the author of several plays including Imaginary Nostalgia, Trick of the Light and Dry Lightning. She is currently working on a first novel titled Dreaming of Heaven. Hallie is proud to be one of the organizers of Tuesday Funk.

Tuesday Funk #3

            



JENNY GAVACS is an ex-journalist, ex-New Yorker and ex-expat. She has a B.S. in journalism, an M.A. in creative writing and works in book publishing. Her work has appeared in House & Garden magazine and Otium, the online literary magazine she helped found. For two years she lived, ate and loved in France, but she is very happy to be back in Chicago.

ELIZABETH REEDER lived in Glasgow, Scotland for twelve years and now lives in Chicago researching and writing her next novel and completing her PhD in Creative Writing. Her fiction appears in respected journals and anthologies in the UK and the US (Women's Press, Polygon, Hanging Loose, Chapman, PN Review). She's had an original drama, stories and an abridgement broadcast on BBC Radio 4. An excerpt of her novel, The Fremont Inheritance, has been published by Long Lunch Press and is one in a series of slim volumes which pair well known authors (Irvine Welsh, Annie Proulx, James Meek, Edwin Morgan) with newbies, such as herself.

REINHARDT SUAREZ is back in Chicago after forays into Ozark Country and the concrete wilds of New York City . He is a graduate of Loyola-Chicago's Creative Writing program and has an MFA from The New School in New York . He is currently at work on a young adult novel, Guessing and Keeping Still, and perhaps, one day, he may even finish it. He is also pleased to be one of the illustrious hosts of Tuesday Funk, though he insists that he is the least illustrious of the three.

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