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Meet Our Readers: Patricia Ann McNair


Patricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She's managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation's US Professor of the Year.


McNair's fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in various anthologies, magazines, and journals including American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Other Voices, F Magazine, Superstition Review, Dunes Review, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and others. She is also published in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore. She's received numerous Illinois Arts Council Awards and Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction and nonfiction.

He debut collection, The Temple of Air, was named a "stunning debut" by The Nervous Breakdown. Reviewer Donna Seaman of Booklist writes "McNair's plainspoken yet imaginative, complexly unnerving, and haunting stories raise essential questions of fate and will, appearances and truth, guilt and compassion." 


McNair divides her time between city and small town with her husband, the visual artist Philip Hartigan. Check out her website at:

Meet Our Readers: Hanna Martine


Hanna Martine's debut paranormal romance novel, LIQUID LIES, will be released from Berkley Sensation/Penguin Publishing in August 2012. Her erotic romance has appeared in Clean Sheets magazine.


Join us Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30 p.m., at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to enjoy Hanna's stories!

Meet Our Readers: Jody Lynn Nye


            Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as 'spoiling cats.' When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.

            Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.

            Since 1987 she has published 43 books and more than 100 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, five contemporary humorous fantasies, and three medical science fiction novels.  Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, is the first of Jody's new series, The Wolfe Pack.

            She has also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on four science fiction novels and co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony.


Her newest books are Dragons Deal (Ace Books), third in the Dragons series begun by Robert Asprin, and View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel. Coming soon is Myth-Quoted, the next Myth-Adventures novel.

            Over the last twenty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and publishing at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago.

            Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy.

Join Tuesday Funk on December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jody read!

Meet Our Readers: John Klima


John Klima is the Assistant Director at the Waukesha Public Library. He also edits the Hugo Award-winning magazine Electric Velocipede. As of 2010, the magazine has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four years in a row.

In 2007 Klima edited an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories based on spelling-bee winning words called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories. Klima edited a reprint anthology of fairy tale retellings called Happily Ever After that came out from Night Shade Books in the Summer of 2011. In 2013, ALA Editions will publish his Readers Advisory book on Steampunk.


Join Tuesday Funk on December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear John read!

Meet Our Readers: Cesar Torres


Cesar Torres is the author of The 12 Burning Wheels, a collection of stories of weird fiction, published in 2010. His work has appeared in The Willows and in M-Brane SF magazine. He's particularly interested in the secret lives of machines and will hardly turn down an insect as a snack.

He's currently at work on a new novel; updates can be found at his web site


Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Cesar along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Suzanne Clores

Suzanne Clores is a writer and teacher of fiction and memoir. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and has published articles and stories in print and radio alike. She attempted to do a master cleanse before last week's trip to Paris, but instead started drinking wine and eating cheese a few days early, about which she is strangely happy.

She blogs for The Nervous Breakdown and Her book, Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider is in its eleventh year of existence, and now available on Kindle.


Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Suzanne along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: JD Adamski


JD Adamski has had a lot of jobs in his life. From packing trucks 3rd shift in the UPS yards with the ex-cons and tweakers to slinging stouts and rye to hawking vitamins and other panaceas at the medicine show, he's tried his hand at many things. Along the way, he got a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in English at DePaul University.

Currently, he fancies himself a writer and helps curate the infinitely nerd-centric website This May Get Awkward.



Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear JD along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Matt Wood


Matt Wood is a reader, writer, baseball fan, and father of two living in the West Loop. His current day job is playing on Twitter and Facebook all day for a local university, but in a past life he took a four-year break to be a stay-at-home dad, where he learned the value of patience, quiet time, and a good stain remover.

You can read more of his writing on his website,


 Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Matt along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Laura Stark


Laura Stark is a sometimes writer and performer and an all-the-time music and travel geek. Her twisty path has taken her from video production assistant to financial consultant to improviser to occupational therapist. Most recently, she completed a Master's in health science and is now adjusting to being a normal person again and rediscovering the creative side that was beaten out by school.

In 2002, she produced "Holiday Hangover," a monologue show inspired by her own Thanksgiving breakup, of which you'll get a taste at this Tuesday Funk.


 Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Laura along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

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.

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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, December 3, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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