Tuesday Funk : Reading # 54
            

At our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition of Tuesday Funk, Patricia Ann McNair read us her essay "Return Trip," from the anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, and it went just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Mairead Case, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod, and 2nd Story's CP Chang!

            

At our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition of Tuesday Funk, Mary Pat Bohan read her personal essay "Brutally Honest," and it went just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Mairead Case, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod, and 2nd Story's CP Chang!

Video: Hanna Martine gets elemental

            

At our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition of Tuesday Funk, Hanna Martine read us a steamy scene from her paranormal erotic novel A Taste of Ice, and it went just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Mairead Case, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod, and 2nd Story's CP Chang!

            

Hey, Funkers! We here at Tuesday Funk have a very special, very naughty Valentine's Day treat for you ... but we're not going to give it up to you as easily as all that. You're going to have to work for it.

It's a video, you see, of a very special, very NSFW reading from last week's edition. But if you want to watch it, you need to head over to our Twitter stream, find the tweet we posted earlier today, and tease out the riddle posted therein.

We'll be waiting, there at the end of the treasure trail. Happy Valentine's Day.

Video: Bill ♥ Laura

            

For your Valentine's Day pleasure, we present an original sonnet that co-host William Shunn composed for his wife, Laura Chavoen. From our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition, here's "14 Februarys":

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Mairead Case, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod, and 2nd Story's CP Chang!

February debriefing

            

Bracelet found discarded in alley
It was a packed house that turned out earlier this week to witness our Not Your Parents' Valentines Day Edition of Tuesday Funk, among our best audiences ever, and they were treated to what we can only describe as the most outrageous program we've ever, er, mounted.

Our celebration of love both pure and profane kicked off with Gina Frangello, who pitted Intelligent Woman against Beautiful Woman in her story "What You See," from The Beautiful Anthology. Mary Pat Bohan raised the stakes with a catalog of all the baggage she brings to romantic relationships, and why there's no room for more. And Patricia Ann McNair rounded out the first half with her affecting true story of parental love and loss, "Return Trip," from the 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck.

After a break for beer, and a couple of super-secret announcements we'll be telling you more about in the weeks to come, co-host William Shunn brought us our monthly Poem by Bill, a sonnet for his wife entitled "14 Februarys." Hanna Martine upped the ante for the second half of the program with a spicy excerpt from her novel A Taste of Ice that caused at least one audience member to issue a hoarse "Thank you!" And finally, John Everson shattered all bounds of propriety and stomped the shards into the ground with his enthusiastic reading of his short story "Cheerleader for the Labia."

We're still mulling over exactly how much of the video we shot that evening we can offer here on the site. Keep your eyes open. But in the meantime, if you couldn't be there don't despair. We'll be back Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with a program featuring Mairead Case, CP Chang, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, and Zoe Zolbrod.

Until then, dear Funkers, won't you be our Valentine?

Bill calls Tuesday Funk to order (photo by Kevin Swallow)

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #54 is tonight!

            

Don't forget—tonight is our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition, featuring Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and Patricia Ann McNair. Not only that, but we'll have a special Valentine's Day Poem by Bill, not to mention an exciting announcement about the future of Tuesday Funk. You won't want to miss it!

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!

Tuesday Funk #54, February 5, 2013

Meet Our Readers: John Everson

            

johneverson-horrorbles2.jpgJohn Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, as well as the novels Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released in paperback from Dorchester/Leisure Books and now available in e-book via 47North. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere was released by Samhain Publishing in 2012. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including Creeptych, Deadly Nightlusts, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. Over the past 20 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Italian, Turkish and French, and optioned for potential film production. He is also the founder and publisher of the independent press Dark Arts Books.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he holds down a regular job at a medical association, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit him at his website John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com or on Facebook or his Author page on Amazon.com.

Hear him and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Gina Frangello

            

gina.jpgGina Frangello is the author of 3 books of fiction: A Life in Men (forthcoming from Algonquin in 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). The longtime editor of Other Voices magazine, she co-founded its book imprint, Other Voices Books, in 2004 and continues to serve as the Executive Editor. She is also the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus and the Fiction Editor of The Nervous Breakdown. Her short fiction, journalism, interviews and reviews have been published widely in magazines, newspapers and anthologies including Fence, the Chicago Reader, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She often teaches in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, and recently launched an international writing program in Mexico that will debut this July.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Pat Bohan

            

Mary Pat Bohan gal.jpgMary Pat Bohan has been performing stand-up and story telling with The Kates at the Book Cellar for a couple years and has also performed with Beast Women. You may have gotten a taste of MP's material at Essay Fiesta, Guts & Glory, or Story Club. MP strives to perfect the art of turning her pain into comedy. In January MP launched her podcast, which can be found at JumpingtheFenceStories.com. Please...Go have a listen.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

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