Tuesday Funk : Participants : Page 18

Meet Our Readers: Tom Haley

            

tom.jpgTom Haley recently bought a bicycle, and enjoys it, and thinks the single-speed was a good choice, though ideally that gear would be a little bigger, because although it's easy to get going from a dead stop, it's difficult to go fast because you're just pedaling like crazy.

Tom has published several essays, and has previously busied himself as a grad student, writing teacher, copywriter, and book critic. He currently lives in Logan Square with his two sons, and works as a creative director for a Chicago marketing agency called Jellyvision.

Please join Tom and all our bike-loving readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Jenkins

            

MaggieJenkins.jpgMaggie Jenkins is a comic, storyteller, writer, runner and rapper. She has been a featured storyteller at Tuesday Funk, Write Club, Guts and Glory, Essay Fiesta and Story Club North Side, among others. Maggie is the co-producer of Serving the Sentence -- held the second Sunday of each month at Towbar in Rogers Park -- which features readers telling stories beginning with the same audience-suggested first sentence.

A five-time Chicago Marathoner, she is the co-founder of the blog RulesforRunning.com and a contributor to NBC Chicago's running blog, Stride. Maggie also is a member of She's Crafty, Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute. Find out more about Maggie's other upcoming appearances at maggiekay.org.

Please join Maggie and all our in-demand readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Melinda McIntire

            

reading.jpgMelinda McIntire is the co-founder of Solo in the 2nd City, a blog about dating and relationships. She specializes in writing about dating, sex, and relationships for various publications and editing bad online dating profiles. She lives in Pilsen with her two dogs and yes, is very much single.

Please join Melinda and all our sexy readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn (photo by Dave Bias)
William Shunn is a former host and producer of Tuesday Funk. He lives with his wife Laura Chavoen and their wheaten terrier Ella in New York City, where he writes science fiction. He is working on a short film, Stand Up, and will publish his memoir, tentatively titled The Accidental Terrorist, in 2015. Learn more, including how to properly format your manuscript, at shunn.net.

Please join Bill and all our Chicagoan-at-heart readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Keesha Beckford

            

Keesha.jpgBefore her two children re-choreographed her life, Keesha Beckford was a professional dancer who performed in the U.S. and in Europe. Today she teaches modern and jazz dance in the Chicago area. She is also the human cyclone behind the blog Mom's New Stage. A multitasker at heart, she shows fierce skills at simultaneously writing, choreographing, checking Facebook and Pinterest updates, playing the role of a mother named Joan "Kumbaya" Crawford, and overcooking food. Keesha is one of the select contributing authors of In The Powder Room's first anthology, You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth. Her writing has been featured on Mamapedia, The Huffington Post, and in the bestselling anthology I Just Want to Pee Alone.

Please join Keesha and all our multitasking readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Mark Turcotte

            

Mark Turcotte, photo credit S. Neill - Copy.JPGMark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. His poems and stories have appeared in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence, Hunger Mountain, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and other literary journals and anthologies.

His work is included in the Poetry Society's Poetry In Motion project, as well as the Poetry Foundation/NEA recitation program, Poetry Out Loud. He has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Grant, two Literary Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Josephine Gates Kelly Memorial Fellowship from Wordcraft Circle. He was the 2008 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and served as Visiting Writer-In-Residence for Spring 2014 at the Center For The Writing Arts at Northwestern University. Since 2009 he has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.

Please join Mark and all our talented readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Paul McComas & Maya Kuper

            

Paul_McComas_and_Maya_Kuper.jpegPaul McComas is an award-winning author (five critically acclaimed books, plus two in process), actor, educator, filmmaker and musician, and a progressive activist who's been honored by his home state of Wisconsin, the Mental Health Association, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), on whose National Leadership Council and Speakers Bureau he serves.

Chicago singer/songwriter Maya Kuper portrays protagonist Dayna Clay in the stage adaptation of Paul's acclaimed 2002 novel Unplugged. In "UNPLUGGED: Songs & Scenes to Combat Rape" -- with which they're currently touring to raise funds and awareness for RAINN -- Paul and Maya mesh songs and spoken-word performance to tell the story of Dayna, a 27-year-old rocker and rape survivor. The show combines riveting drama with original songs to chronicle Dayna's bumpy journey out of depression, through the South Dakota Badlands, and into discovery, hope, full embrace of her bisexuality, and love.

Please join Paul & Maya and all our fantastic readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Noël Jones

            

Noel Jones.jpgOriginally from Alaska, Noël Jones is a writer and former member of the 2000 National Poetry Slam Champion Team NYC-Urbana, featured in The New York Times and on NPR's "Infinite Mind," as well as at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX. As a performance poet, Jones has toured internationally and was selected to be part of an all-woman tour introducing slam poetry to Denmark. She now lives in Chicago and is focused primarily on fiction, most recently completing the first draft of her novel Vigil at Ragdale. She is very excited to be reading at Tuesday Funk again.

Please join Noël and all our impressive readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Lori Rader-Day

            

Rader Day_Lori 2.jpgLori Rader-Day's debut mystery, The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, 2014), received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. Her next book, the mystery Little Pretty Things, is out in 2015. She lives in Chicago.

Please join Lori and all our mysterious readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Dmitry Samarov

            

PaulGermanosPortrait.jpgDmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since. After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993.

Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab--first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago--which eventually led to the publication of his illustrated work memoir Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab by University of Chicago Press in 2011 and the forthcoming Where To? A Hack Memoir from Curbside Splendor.

He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffeeshops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he's really hard up ).

He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He no longer drives a cab.

Please join Dmitry and all our Lenin-doodling readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Photo courtesy of Paul Germanos

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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, October 3, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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