Tuesday Funk : July 2009

Tuesday Funk #15



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WILLIAM ALLEGREZZA edits the e-zine Moria and the press Cracked Slab Books. He has published five books, In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, and Covering Over; one anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He curates series A, a reading series in Chicago dedicated to experimental writing. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at http://allegrezza.blogspot.com.

JOTHAM BURRELLO is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he directs the publishing lab, a resource for emerging writers. His writing has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Drunken Boat, Oyez Review, Pennsylvania English, the Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. He recently completed his novel, Fall River. He's a former editor of the journal Sport Literate. His multimedia company, Elephant Rock Productions published the anthology All Hands On, The 2nd Hand Reader, and produced instructional DVDs for writers featuring Janet Burroway, Robert Olen Butler, Joe Meno, Rosellen Brown and others. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two little boys.

Recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, PARNESHIA JONES is published in several anthologies including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and America! What's My Name? The Other Poets Unfurl the Flag. She has been featured on Chicago Public Radio - Chicago Amplified and has performed her work all over the United States including the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City and the Art Institute in Chicago. Jones was commissioned by Art for Humanity, and the city of Chicago, to write poetry, for an exhibition, that will be unveiled in Durban, South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.
Parneshia is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of voices that bridge Africa and Appalachia, and is on the board of the Guild Complex and Uni-Verse of Poetry: A United Nations of Poetry. She is the head of sales and international rights for Northwestern University Press, holds a M.F.A from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and has completed her first collection of poems, Waiting for Hurricanes, and is currently working on a trilogy collection of persona poetry.

Tuesday Funk #14



Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, July 7th:




MEGAN FERRELL moved to Chicago from St. Louis almost four years ago, and still won't become a Cubs fan. She earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University longer ago than she'd care to think, and longs for the day when her intermittent part-time writer status gets bumped up to full-time. She penned a novel chronicling many truly heinous dating experiences. Instead of accepting these dates as random horrific events in her life, she explored the spiritual nature of a journey that led her to a diamond in the rough.

MEGAN MILKS is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been anthologized in Thirty Under Thirty, Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers; and Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire. She won the 2008 Goodnow Award in Prose and was a finalist in DIAGRAM's inaugural $5 Innovative Fiction Contest. Her work can be found in DIAGRAM, Mad Hatters Review, Pocket Myths: The Odyssey, Mildred Pierce, and The Wild.

SANA RAFI is doing an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, New York. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based in Pakistan. She is interested in writing about the lower income-class, raising social and political issues through her fictional characters and their situations. She has been writing since her teenage years and aims to pursue writing as a full-time career.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins and brought to you by Gapers Block, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on September 2nd, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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