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Meet Our Readers: Jac Jemc

            

JAC_JEMC_DZANC_PHOTO_EDITS-2.jpgJac Jemc's first story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel, My Only Wife, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is the poetry editor for decomP and nonfiction editor for Hobart.

Please join Jac and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Clayton Smith

            

Clayton Smith.jpgClayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction and an avid curser of winter weather. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and his plays have been produced rather mercilessly in St. Louis and New York City. His published work includes the novel Apocalypticon, the short story collection Pants on Fire: A Collection of Lies, and the upcoming novel IF.

Please join Clayton and all our winter-cursing readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Karen Genelly

            

2penisesridiculous.jpgKaren Genelly is a native Chicagoan who has traveled a lot but always returns home. As a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, she tells stories of Chicago and the people that make it a great city. Two years ago, she took an early retirement from the Chicago Board of Education and is now exploring the world beyond kids, paperwork, and her daily rant about Rahm Emmanuel. She has told stories at This Much is True, Story Lab, Do Not Submit, That's All She Wrote, Is this a Thing?, Homewood Stories, and at various open mics around the city.

Please join Karen and all our Chicago-loving readers on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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.

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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, April 2, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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