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Karen Skalitzky is the author of A Recipe for Hope: Stories of Transformation by People
Struggling with Homelessness (ACTA Publications, 2006). The book was inspired by the men
and women she met volunteering at Inspiration Café. An educator by trade, she works as a
reading specialist. She coaches teachers and principals in both underserved and high achieving public schools.

Karen_Skalitzky.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk on August 2nd, 7:30 p.m., to hear Karen and all of our talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Eden M. Robins

            

In the grand tradition of underemployed artists, Eden M. Robins has been: a singing waitress, a dildo salesman, a dental assistant, an abortion clinic receptionist, a blowjob instructor, a travel writer, a pelvic model, and a Swahili teacher. She wrote a novel that is currently in the "death rattle" stage of edits and is co-founder and co-editor of the semiprozine Brain Harvest.

Eden has published some things in some places, but not enough things or enough places for you to have noticed... however, you may remember her from the blizzard edition of Tuesday Funk, which none of you showed up to.

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Join Tuesday Funk on August 2nd, 7:30 p.m., to hear Eden and all of our talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!


Meet Our Readers: Brenda Cooper

            

Brenda Cooper is a Seattle-area futurist and writer, and also the CIO for the City of Kirkland. Brenda writes a monthly column for Futurismic called "Today's Tomorrows," and is the author of the Endeavor award-winner for 2008, The Silver Ship and the Sea, and of its sequels Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She co-authored Building Harlequin's Moon with science fiction legend Larry Niven.

Her next book is Mayan December, coming from Prime Books in August 2011. Visit her website at www.brenda-cooper.com.

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Join Tuesday Funk's special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Brenda and the rest of our talented readers!

            

Vincent Jorgensen is a writer-engineer living in the epicenter of the Silicon Valley. He has been a stay-at-home dad, a microchip designer, and a science-fiction class instructor at UC Berkeley. Vincent loves languages and can speak French and Spanish, as well as read Latin and Greek.

He loves to travel, and once penned a short story during a hurricane in México. He attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in 2006.

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Join our special Tuesday Funk Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar, to hear Vincent and all of our amazing readers!

Meet Our Readers: Holly McDowell

            

Holly McDowell lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado, with her rock-climbing husband and the world's cutest Polish Lowland Sheepdog. This picture was taken during her recent visit to Chicago, when she fell in love with the city.

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Join Tuesday Funk's special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Holly and the rest of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

Kelly Swails is a clinical microbiologist by day and a writer by night. When she's not wrestling with bacteria or words, she can be found reading, knitting, or watching movies. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including *Timeshares* and *The Crimson Pact,* and she is currently working on a novel. Find her online at www.kellyswails.com.

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Join Tuesday Funk's special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m, at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Kelly and the rest of our talented readers!

            

Gregory A. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009.

He regularly reads from his work at conferences across the country and is a member of Codex, the Writers' Symposium, Backspace, and several other author groups on and offline. He is currently in the process of submitting his second and third novels, Icarus and Grayshade respectively, to publishers, represented in this effort by Roger Williams of the Publish or Perish Literary Agency. With fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu, he co-hosts Speculate!: The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.

He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene—named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him—and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

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Join our special Tuesday Funk Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Greg and all of our amazing readers!

            

Sarah K. Castle published her first essay in Rider Magazine in 1987. Almost twenty years later, she got busy writing science fiction. She attended Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop in 2006. Since then, she's published stories in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Nature.

Sarah lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. She's a registered geologist and has worked in national forests, oil fields, a landfill, and most recently for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.

For more information, visit Sarah's site at http://www.skcastle.com, or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/castlesarah.

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Join us at our special Science Fiction Sextuple Feature on June 21, 7:30 p.m., to hear Sarah and the rest of our out-of-this-world readers!

Meet Our Readers: Paul McComas

            

Paul McComas is the author of four critically acclaimed books—two novels, Planet of the Dates (currently in development as a Hollywood feature) and Unplugged, and the short-story collections Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, and (Dark) Humor and Twenty Questions (now in its third printing)—as well as the editor of two anthologies, First Person Imperfect and Further Persons Imperfect. He recently co-authored the novel Logan's Journey (slated for 2012 publication) with William F. Nolan, bestselling author of the science-fiction classic Logan's Run, and is currently editing an anthology of "place-based fiction" called Proving Grounds.

His short narrative films and videos have garnered international, national, and regional prizes, been screened at festivals worldwide, and been shown on network, public, and cable TV.

Since 1987, Paul—two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice—has performed his own work at ninety theaters and other venues nationwide, as well as on National Public Radio's "Tavis Smiley Show" and on numerous NPR affiliates. The Chicago Tribune calls his performance style "urgent and mesmerizing," and the Chicago Sun-Times says, "No one is doing in-store readings as lively."

Since 1998, Paul has taught writing, literature, and film at numerous sites and at multiple levels, from adult-ed to Master's programs, winning teaching awards from Northwestern and National-Louis universities. He has been a Visiting Artist at twenty universities, academies, and arts-centered high schools, and he lectures about literature and writing nationwide, in part through Chicago's News & Views speakers' bureau.

Paul founded the teen-suicide-prevention program Rock Against Depression (1995-2000) and received the Mental Health Association's Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Leadership Circle inductee of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Paul's anthologies, charity concerts, Dayna Clay CD, "No-Budget Theatre" DVD, and Amateur two-CD set have raised $10,500 to date for RAINN, mental-health outreach, wilderness preservation, at-risk youth, and blood services (he recently donated his one-hundredth pint).

Paul has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Evanston Arts Council, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Paul received a BA in English from Lawrence University and an MA in Film from Northwestern. He and wife Heather McComas, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, IL, with their newly adopted rescue greyhound, Sam.

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Hear Paul read Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. with the rest of our crew at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Tim W. Brown

            

Tim W. Brown was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. In 1983 he graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a degree in American studies. He is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997), Left of the Loop (2001), Walking Man (2008), and Second Acts (2010), which won the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction.

Brown's fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications, including Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Chelsea, Chiron Review, Colorado Review, The Ledge, Main Street Rag, New Observations, Oyez Review, Pleiades, Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Rockford Review, Slipstream, Small Press Review and Storyhead. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, specializing in reviewing small-press books, and he has received literature grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Poets & Writers, and the National Writer's Voice, as well as a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation.

A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city's literary scene as a writer, performer, and publisher of the poetry zine Tomorrow Magazine (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003. He currently earns his living as a writer at Bloomberg LP.

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