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Lineup shuffle for December 4th

            

We at Tuesday Funk are always bummed when our readers must drop out for one reason or another. And since every good story needs a villain, for our December 4th reading we can blame the absence of CP Chang and Derek Silver on The Man. We were very much looking forward to hearing from them both, but unfortunately CP is being sent out of town, whereas Derek is no longer being sent to town. The Man is vicious.

But never fear! We have some world-class pinch-hitters on deck, including Andrew Reilly of 2nd Story, and Jodi Eichelberger from the original cast of Avenue Q, so you won't want to miss us on December 4th, at 7:30 pm in Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

CP Chang, by the way, will be joining us instead on March 5th, and we'll have Derek Silver at the mike just as soon as his travel schedule allows.

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Meet Our Readers: Andrew Reilly

            

Andrew Reilly pic 2.jpg Andrew Reilly is the director of publishing for 2nd Story and co-editor of the anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. His work, much of which was written in Uptown, has appeared in a number of fine publications. Visit him there in person, or online at AndrewReilly.org.

Andrew will be reading as part of our mini-series featuring writers from that new 2nd Story anthology. Hear him and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Jac Jemc

            

65571_675799585467_309907584_n.jpgJac Jemc's first novel, My Only Wife, was released from Dzanc earlier this year. She is the poetry editor for decomP and a fiction web editor at Hobart. She blogs her rejections at jacjemc.com.

Please come see Jac and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Lorenz

            

ML_BW.jpgA New Orleans native, Mary Lorenz relocated to Chicago five years ago for a job and a mad craving for Rainbow Cone. A copywriter by day, Mary Lorenz spends her free time writing and performing in and around Chicago - oftentimes for actual audiences. These days, you can find her performing at Chemically Imbalanced Theater with the house team A Dozen Red Roses or as a cast member with Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg.

Please come see Mary and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Zemaitis

            

Tuesday Funk.jpgMary Zemaitis won her second-grade writing contest for the groundbreaking story "The Stolen Princess." The piece documented a sea princess's struggle against underwater witches. It is considered Mary's definitive work because her teacher laminated it. Pretty much downhill from there.

As an adult, Mary performs stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy around Chicago with Salsation and One Group Mind. She has been featured in Beast Women Cabaret, 100 Proof Comedy, and Mortified. Follow her on Twitter at @Zemidas_Touch.

Please come see Mary and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

IMG_4583.JPGKelly Swails is a writer who pays the bills by editing an online scientific journal. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including "Predator and Prey 2" and "Boondocks Fantasy." She and her husband are in the process of moving to Chicago. When she's not working, writing, commuting, or packing, she knits and plays guitar. There's a rumor she sleeps on occasion, but that has yet to be proven. You can find her online at www.kellyswails.com.

Please come see Kelly and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: B. E. Pinkham

            

IMG_3576-1.JPGB. E. Pinkham has held various paying jobs in commercial photography, interior design and customer service management but considers her true career to be as non-market skill specialist in the disciplines of creative writing, visual art and community building.

Originally from Long Island, she moved to the Midwest and earned all the fine arts degrees she could ever want, including an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, she rehabbed apartment buildings and had all the tenants she would ever want. Later still, she gave birth to all the children she would ever want. Since then, she's been writing. She hasn't written everything she wants yet. She is fascinated by water, houses and trees both as metaphors and as physical entities. Consequently, she lives near the lake in Chicago, in an old bungalow under a large copper beech tree.

At Tuesday Funk, she will be reading from her as yet unpublished memoir, Let Me Look at You. Her essays and stories have appeared in the anthology, Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine House, 2010), in Brain, Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers and in The Examined Life: a Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (Fall 2011). One of her visual artworks (subject: trees, houses.) is currently hanging in the Creative Connections exhibit at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square.

Please come see B. E. Pinkham and the rest of our talented readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, for our 51st edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

            

colin-lg.jpg The Colin & Ishmael Players came together in a hilarious meet-cute when they all tried to rob the same lemonade stand. In the back of the patrol car, they decided to attempt one last big score together. That is, unless they make it big in show biz first. Stay tuned, true believers.

Please see the Players and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd, for our United States of Horror Edition in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: John Everson

            

john-everson-mugshot.jpg John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, as well as the novels Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren, and The Pumpkin Man, all released in paperback from Dorchester/Leisure Books. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere is being released by Samhain Publishing in trade paperback on October 2, 2012.

He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including Creeptych, Deadly Nightlusts, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love, and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. Over the past 20 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Italian, Turkish and French, and optioned for potential film production. He is also the founder and publisher of the independent press Dark Arts Books.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he holds down a regular job at a medical association, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit John Everson: Dark Arts.

Please see John and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar.

Meet Our Readers: Cynthia (cina) Pelayo

            

cinapelayo.jpgCynthia (cina) Pelayo grew up in a haunted house with very superstitious parents in Chicago's northwest side. She is a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Fine Art in Writing program, where she says she majored in the macabre. Her short story collection, Loteria, is a collection of 54 short stories based on Latin American folklore, superstition, legend and myth.

Her first horror novel, Santa Muerte, about the Mexican cult of death, will be released in October via Post Mortem Press. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is also the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books, her boutique horror press that publishes emerging horror writers and has produced an anthology of Gothic stories. She wears black—most of the time—and she stays out of the sun as much as (un)humanly possible.

Please see Cynthia and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

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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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