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Meet Our Readers: William Shunn


William Shunn at The Hour Glass William Shunn is a co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk. He has worked as a cabinet maker, a custard slinger, a door-to-door missionary, a technical writer, a telephone surveyor, and as a computer programmer, most notably for WordPerfect Corporation and Sesame Street. In the early days of the web, he also helped produce live online concert broadcasts for artists like The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe. Cast a Cold Eye by Derryl Murphy & William Shunn

Bill has published over two dozen works of short fiction, and served for three years as a national judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is the author of the Hugo, Nebula and Sturgeon Award-nominated novella Inclination, available as an audiobook from either or iTunes. He is also co-author, with Derryl Murphy, of the short horror novel Cast a Cold Eye, available from PS Publishing. (It makes a terrific Halloween gift!) His most recent story is "Care and Feeding of Your Piano," which appears in the current issue of Electric Velocipede. He has recently completed a memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, and is hard at work on Endgame, a young-adult science fiction novel set mostly in Chicago.

For our October 4th event, Bill will reprise his popular sci-fi baseball monster story from last year, "The VIsitors at Wriggly Field." Please join us to hear him and all our other monstrously talented readers at 7:30 pm in Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.

Meet Our Readers: Matt Darst


Matt Darst got hooked on reading early. His octogenarian best friend/next-door neighbor introduced Matt to books with free encyclopedias when he was just five. A year later, he got a subscription to National Geographic. Soon he was reading recreationally, his mother enabling him by taping together the pages featuring naked aborigines. By third grade Matt had moved on to the hard stuff, furtively reading dog-eared copies of his dad's Stephen King novels ("I learned it from you, Dad!") and Jungle Book.

By twelve, Matt's addiction took a turn for the worse. He started writing...for fun. His experimentation with notebooks (a classic gateway) led to dabbling with typewriters.

Matt went cold turkey in law school. He decided to straighten out his life. He got a job, a girl, a house, and a dog. His normal life was good. Still...

Pen and pad call to Matt late at night, cooing his name, telling him to take one last hit of fiction. Sometimes, when Matt's weak, he heeds the siren call of the drug. He wakes from each blackout amid reams of freshly written pages, pages that have seemingly written themselves. Somehow, they coalesced into a book.

"Dead Things", is Matt's first novel.


Matt_Darst.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk on October 4th at 7:30 p.m. to hear Matt along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: CP Chang


CP Chang is a writer and software consultant who has been drawn back to Chicago after having moved away from the city three different times in his adult life. There are always greener pastures elsewhere, but Chicago beckons him back.

While he thinks of himself as a fiction writer, he can be seen and heard telling nonfiction stories with 2nd Story at wine bars and other non-traditional theatrical venues around the city. Podcasts of his stories can be found at

His fiction and poetry have appeared in Hair Trigger, artisan, Upstairs at Duroc (via the Paris Writers Workshop), Atlanta Review, on, on, and in the anthologies My Angels and Demons at War, Open to Interpretation, and Chicago: An Immigrant City.

He was an Associate Producer for Elephant Rock Productions, which produced a series of educational videos on the art and business of writing. Check out for online clips and more information on these videos.

CP Chang received his M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College of Chicago. He is steadfast in his avoidance of social networking, but only the electronic kind. He is blessed to be married to Jessica Young, a teacher, performer, and writer as well.


CP_Chang.JPGJoin Tuesday Funk on October 4th at 7:30 p.m. to hear CP along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Liz Baudler


Most of Liz Baudler's time is spent in front of her computer trying not to freak out. This goes for whether she is writing writing of any sort or working on The Toucan Literary Magazine, of which she is founding editrice. Liz's fiction has been published in Toasted Cheese and Half Nelson. She is a senior Fiction Writing major at Columbia College where she is also vice-president of the department's student board.

She also edits Transcendent Journeys, the ezine for Life Force Arts Center, a spiritual arts organization. In whatever little spare time Liz has left, she likes to collapse onto the floor, drink lots of coffee, listen to the Beatles at the highest volume possible on her stereo, and call up friends to complain about how busy she is. And she works at Brookfield Zoo during the summer, which has given her a shocking command of animal facts and somewhat diminished faith in humanity.


Liz_Baudler.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk on October 4th at 7:30 p.m. to hear Liz along with the rest of our talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Erin J. Shea


Erin J. Shea lives in the Beverly neighborhood with her husband, Scott Smith, daughter Abigail and superhound, Glinny. Originally from Joliet, she works as a vice president at Edelman Digital, where she spends most of her waking hours playing on Facebook and Twitter and reading blogs. Well, not really, but almost.

Her book, Tales From The Scale, was named one of the top six health books of 2005 by the Wall Street Journal. Her most recent work can be found in the newly published anthology, "Welcome to My World," and at her blog, In the past she's performed at Funny Ha-Ha, CHIRP's First Time reading series and The Paper Machete.

Because her daughter is still a baby, Erin's favorite hobby is sleeping and then sleeping a little bit more.



Join Tuesday Funk on October 4th at 7:30 p.m. to hear Erin along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Carissa DiGiovanni


Carissa DiGiovanni is a third-generation Chicagoan who works in the non-profit sector. Her work has appeared in Sierra Nevada College Review, Journal of Experimental Fiction, SLAB, and Muslim, Wake Up! She graduated from the MFA program in Creative Writing at Indiana University, Bloomington. Currently, she is working on a chapbook.

Photo_on_2011-04-11_at_21.21.jpg Join us Tuesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Carissa and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: AD Jameson


A D Jameson is the author of two books: the prose collection Amazing Adult Fantasy (Mutable Sound, 2011), in which he tries to come to terms with having been raised on '80s pop culture, and the novel Giant Slugs (Lawrence and Gibson, 2011), an absurdist retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He has taught classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, Facets Multimedia, and StoryStudio Chicago. He is also the nonfiction / reviews editor of the online journal Requited. This fall, he became a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he contributes to the group blog Big Other.


Join us Tuesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear AD and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Edison Blake


Born in a tragically small town in Illinois, Edison Blake spent his earliest years larking about in a dog pen built by his doting daddy in the backyard of their tiny house. After a while, the realization that he would have to go to school if they expected him to be housebroken led to enrollment in a succession of parochial, public and private schools, none of which was able to provide a cure. Fortunately, he learned to read--even more fortunately, at a formative age, someone gave him a pencil and a few scraps of only slightly used paper. He has been, ever since, doggedly scribbling lines one word after another with the same honest terror and attention to detail that guides a tightrope artist walking the line one foot after the other.

Now, a technologist, musician and writer living in Wisconsin, he tends his own garden, and revels in the joys attendant upon being a family man. His novel, The Original Artificial Stud is available at and other online bookseller. His latest flash fiction pieces are currently up online at The Big Time, a raunchy little rock and roll episode, is taken from a week in the many years Edison spent playing rock and roll up and down Clark street in good ol' Chi town.

Though he is no longer a dog, and though he is, thankfully, housebroken, he is not, in any other sense, broken.

His recently completed novel, Undead Vikings in Love, will be available soon. Keep watching the skies!

Edison-Picture.jpgJoin us Tuesday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Edison read his fiction!

Meet Our Readers: Naomi Buck Palagi

Naomi Buck Palagi has been interested in words, sound, meaning, and dialect along with other "shaping crafts" such as woodworking, sewing and singing, since her childhood in rural Kentucky. 

She became focused on writing poetry in 2008 as an amazingly flexible vehicle for thought and communication, and since then has had work published in journals such as Spoon River Review, Otoliths, Moria, Wicked Alice, Blossombones and Blue Fifth Review.  Additionally, she has two chapbooks, Silver Roof Tantrum (dancing girl press), and Darkness in the Tent (Dusie Kollectiv 5). 

She lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband and two young children, and works days as a secretary at a college in Gary.

series A bio pic Buck Palagi.jpgJoin us Tuesday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Naomi's poetry!

Meet Our Readers: Noreen Natale


Noreen Natale is a fan of humor so it's fortunate that she live in Chicago and had early access to Second City.  As an undergrad, her first creative writing class was taught by John Powers, author of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up." She continued her writing education with classes at Columbia College, a B.A. degree in Communications/Journalism from Loyola and comedy writing at Second City.

While earning a living as a marketing professional Noreen published articles and short stories in local newspapers.  One story, "The Unemployment Cure for Migraines", made it to the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal.  That article is now part of the collection titled "My Humor's Working (Even if I'm Not)."  

front_cover1.jpg "Office Footwear," an article about seeing co-worker's bare feet in the workplace, began as an experimental article on where Noreen writes under a pseudonym.

Join us Tuesday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Noreen share her work!
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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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