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Meet Our Readers: Clayton Smith

          

Clayton Smith 500px.jpgClayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction whose work includes the play Death and McCootie and the novels Apocalypticon, Anomaly Flats, and Mabel Gray and the Wizard Who Swallowed the Sun. Some of his nonsense has been featured on Write City Magazine and Dumb White Husband, and his plays have been produced rather mercilessly all over the country.

Please join Clayton and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Bill Savage

          

billl-savage-headshot.jpgBill Savage teaches Chicago literature, film, history, and culture at Northwestern University and the Newberry Library of Chicago. He regularly writes book reviews for the Chicago Tribune, op-ed essays for Crain's Chicago Business, various random things for other publications with "Chicago" on their mastheads, as well as performing live-lit essays for The Paper Machete and other venues. His most recent book project, with Paul Durica, was an edited and annotated edition of Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure-Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America, an in-the-know guide Chicago nightlife during the 1893 World's Fair. He is currently at work on edited and annotated editions of Ben Hecht's autobiography and George Ade's The Old-Time Saloon, both forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. You can follow him on Twitter @rogersparkman.

Please join Bill and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Kyle Thiessen

          

545687_3606261880269_547306296_n.jpgKyle Thiessen emerges from creative hibernation every few years to half-ass things that could have been really good. Previous endeavors include 2011's YouTube parody - the hastily-researched but marginally entertaining Fake Month at the Museum - as well as a short film in 1999 that won him a trip to the Golden Globe awards, where he peed next to John Lithgow. In addition to YouTubing and peeing, Kyle has spent his adult life as a caricature artist, an IMAX projectionist, and a corporate Powerpoint designer for a multinational conglomerate of high tech weapons systems and golf cart manufacturers. Until he fills the hole in his resume where "zamboni driver" should be, he'll be hard at work on the perfect Die Hard screenplay and occasionally tweeting @lazycartoonist.

Please join Kyle and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

          

Elaine Bowen headshot.jpgElaine Hegwood Bowen is a veteran journalist and native South-Sider who has covered both Chicago's urban and suburban communities. Elaine has been writing for the Chicago Crusader newspaper since 1994. In her book, Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago, Elaine shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood, when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the neighborhood was once like. Elaine has taught at City Colleges of Chicago and Roosevelt University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate Journalism degrees. Her book, and its universal theme, has been covered in local and national broadcast and print media. In her spare time, Elaine covers local and national film festivals & pens movie reviews for www.filmmonthly.com.

Please join Elaine and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Sarah Hollenbeck

          

DSCF7432.JPGSarah Hollenbeck has published personal essays in Dogwood and TriQuarterly. Her essay "A Goldmine" was nominated for a Pushcart and received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2014. She has performed at Story Club, Guts & Glory, Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions, and The Bodies of Work Festival, among other live lit shows. Sarah is currently (very slowly) writing a collection of essays that explores the experiences of women living with invisible and visible disabilities. But she's been a little distracted from her writing since buying Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. As the store's co-owner she has been featured in New City's Lit50 issue and in Publisher's Weekly Star Watch, an annual list that recognizes 40 youngsters within the U.S. book trade who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the publishing industry.

Please join Sarah and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

          

William Shunn, photo by Colin Poellot
William Shunn is a former host and producer of Tuesday Funk. His memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary, will appear from Sinister Regard Publishers on November 10th. Of the book, Cory Doctorow has said, "This just may be my favorite true-life amazing-but-true tale--never has threatening an aircraft been funnier or more thought-provoking."

Since his first publication in 1993, Bill's short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies and year's-best collections. His work has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century appeared from Spilt Milk Press in 2007, and his novella Cast a Cold Eye, written with Derryl Murphy, came out from PS Publishing in 2009.

He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Laura Chavoen, and their soft-coated wheaten terrier, Ella the Wonder Dog. For more fun, visit www.shunn.net or follow @shunn on Twitter.

Please join Bill and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Nick Disabato

          

nickd-press2.jpgNick Disabato is a designer and writer from Logan Square. He runs an interaction design consultancy called Draft, and once wrote a book called Cadence & Slang about his field. He also once stole a bottle menu from the Hopleaf and spent two years checking off the whole thing. He is not sorry about this.

Please join Nick and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Tom Haley

          

tom.jpgTom Haley is a writer who recently injured a disk in his spine due to having wimpy core muscles. Don't worry. This happens to millions of people, and he's just fine. He's exercising on a daily basis now, and is feeling much better.

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 amazing readers on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Coya Paz

          

Coya-13.jpgCoya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States. She is the Artistic Director of Free Street Theater, founded in 1969, way way way before she was born, and an Assistant Professor in The Theater School at DePaul University. Above all, Coya believes in the power of poetry and performance to build community towards social change.

Please join Coya and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jen Masengarb

          

jen-masengarb_blackwhite.jpgJen Masengarb teaches adults and kids about the city and its architecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation where she writes, teaches, lectures, and designs programs. Several times a year she gets to collaborate with the brainy folks at WBEZ's Curious City to sleuth and report on listener-submitted questions about Chicago's architectural history. When she's not riding the 'L' and writing haiku that chronicle life in the city, she's plane spotting and dreaming of ways to use her passport. She'd like to hear about your favorite place for tacos.

Please join Jen and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is 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, October 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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