Parker Molloy is a writer, essayist, feminist, blogger, pseudo-journalist, and taker of naps from right here in Chicago. Her work has appeared in outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Slate, Bitch Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. She's written about topics ranging from LGBT issues to pop culture to sports, and she spends way too much time on Twitter. Parker recently began working full-time at Upworthy as a trends contributor, and hopes to stick around there for the foreseeable future.
After leaving the white power skinhead movement he helped build, Christian Picciolini graduated from DePaul University and became a respected entrepreneur. He executive-produced America's second-longest running music television program and launched Goldmill Group, a global entertainment firm. Most importantly, in 2010 he co-founded the peace advocacy nonprofit Life After Hate. He and his family live in Chicago.
Sara Ross Witt is the former co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing program. Her writing has appeared in Black Market Lit, Best of Ohio Short Stories, Arch City Chronicle, and Parent to Parent. Born in Ohio, Sara was raised by a mother who wrote checks to herself, served her children a shot of brandy on New Year's Eve to ward off evil spirits in the new year, and believed two of her daughters were psychic. She followed her mother to seances, new moon circles, and out of body experiences. Magic (and sometimes her mother) are a part of almost all of her stories. Sara lives Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with her husband Andrew Witt - bassist for the hard rock doom pop fish metal band Sea Lords - their 3 year old son and a cat named Perseus.
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica,Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet's Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook). Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010 and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation, has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
At the March 3rd edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host Andrew Huff's thoughts turned to travel.
Flying middle seat
is made even worse when stuck
You always hear about
cold and flu in the fall, but
spring is often worse.
Dying the river
heralds the arrival of spring.
So do drunks in green.
If you didn't vote
in the runoff election,
you are dead to me.
The snow is finally melting and green is finally starting to reappear, but Tuesday Funk springs eternal. On April 7, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host the 80th edition of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, with readings by Mikki Kendall, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Parker Molloy, Christian Picciolini and former Tuesday Funk host Sara Ross Witt!
The reading gets underway on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. Our lovely bartender Mark has a beer for you, and stop downstairs before or after the show for a nice meal. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.
Genevieve Waller warmed up the crowd with four linked essays about living with nature in the city. Danielle Susi followed that up with a series of poems from her new manuscript, and then co-host Andrew Huff got in on the poetry game with his patented seasonal haiku. Tom Underberg finished up the first half with an excerpt from his Chicago-based ghost story.
Cameron was playing the part of Mark this week, and did us proud.
After the half, co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about feeling old at a rock show, and then Mare Swallow spoke about feeling invisible as a child-free woman. Finally, Keidra Chaney made us all ravenous with her story of cooking and family legacies.
We left everyone hungry for more... and luckily there is more! Join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm for readings by Christian Picciolini, Mikki Kendall, Sara Ross Witt, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Parker Molloy.
February was a short month, so don't forget - Tuesday Funk #79 is tonight!! Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will be your trusty sherpas through an evening of Everest-quality readings - featuring Keidra Chaney, Danielle Susi, Mare Swallow, Genevieve Waller, and Tom Underberg! And of course, Mark will be your drinks sherpa for the, erm, hike up Beer Mountain.
Our readings take place at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. We get started promptly at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. Arrive early if you want a seat--but no earlier than 7:00 pm. Our readings are free, but only those 21 and over will be admitted. No food can be brought in from the restaurant. See you there!