Tuesday Funk : October 2010

Meet Our Readers: Sondra Morin

            

Sondra Morin lives in Chicago and is a small town New Englander at heart. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and poems have appeared in vis a tergo and Curbside Splendor.

When she was five, she was scolded for drawing lowercase A's with a tail instead of a stick. She has been interested in language innovation and radical snail poetics since. You can read more on her blog at snailsaregood.blogspot.com."

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Sondra and all of our other talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Dave Snyder

            

Dave Snyder is a poet and gardener. Dave's poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Dave has received fellowships and awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the Iowa Review, Writers @ Work, and the Jentel Artist Residency.

As a grower, he is the director for America's first organically certified rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground, is founder of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, and blogs for the Huffington Post.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Dave and all of our talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Lori Ann Stephens

            
Lori Ann Stephens's debut novel, Song of the Orange Moons, will be released in November 2010 by Blooming Tree Press. When she's not writing or teaching writing, she dabbles in gardening, dancing, and eating the best gourmet, home-cooked meals. She is not the cook. She lives in Plano, Texas with her family.

Lori Ann's writing has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Blue Moon Review, Aries, Sojourn, and collected in several anthologies including Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology of Minuscule Fiction.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Lori Ann and all of our talented readers!

            

Lauryn Allison Lewis lives and writes in Evanston, Illinois. Her work has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Dogzplot, Mad Licks Magazine, the inaugural issue of Chicago Pulp Stories, and most recently, an interview with author Stuart Dybek in Knee Jerk Magazine.

Lauryn will debut her mixed-media-performance-art-reading with the reading series Come Home Chicago on November 14th at the Underground Wonderbar. She is in the final stages of editing her novel-in-stories, The Beauties, and also: she loves eating cake and dancing, often simultaneously.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to hear Lauryn and all of talented readers!

Meet Our Readers: Kristin Lueke

            

Kristin Lueke was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, an experience which in no way prepared her for real life. After graduating from Princeton in 2005, she moved to Chicago for a boy. Normal 21-year-old stuff. After hanging out for a while, she went balls to the wall for a comically useless degree in the Humanities and Creative Writing from the University of Chicago, where she now works surrounded by graduate students and professors. All told, it's not so bad.

Her poetry has appeared in Sliced Bread, elimae, and Decomp Magazine, and on her close friends' personal blogs. Just maybe it'll appear elsewhere at some point in the undetermined future.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. to see Kristin and all of our talented readers!

Tuesday Funk #28: November 2nd

            
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Spend your Election Day evening with Tuesday Funk and our lineup of likely candidates for literary stardom—LORI ANN STEPHENS, LAURYN ALLISON LEWIS, KRISTIN LUEKE, DAVE SNYDER, and SONDRA MORIN. Vote early and often with your feet, your beer money, and your clapping hands! You'll be glad you did, and this vote won't result in gridlock.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early, stake out a table in the upper room, and grab a beer from John at the cash-only bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm. And stay afterward for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring your friends and show your support for Tuesday Funk. Help us deliver a record turnout so we can keep staging these readings at Hopleaf, the finest food-and-drink establishment on the north side.

Please also become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook, so you never miss an invitation to our readings. And watch this space over the next dozen days for spotlight posts about our readers.

Tuesday Funk likes The Paper Machete

            

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We at Tuesday Funk love The Paper Machete, a weekly "live magazine" where the readers comment on current events. It's always lively and unpredictable, and this week's lineup includes Tuesday Funk friend Scott Smith, Director of Digital Strategy for Chicago Magazine. (The full lineup is here.)

The Paper Machete takes place at 3:00 pm this afternoon at Ricochet's, 4644 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square. Get on over there and check it out.

            

We're hungry for Tamale Hut Cafe Presents: open mic and arts series, that is! On Saturday, October 23, 7-9 p.m., THC Presents: Mercedes, a musical performance. The open mic performances will start the night, which is a great opportunity to read your new writing and hear many other talented readers.

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Tamale Hut Cafe
8300 W. Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL

October debriefing

            

hrcover.png Thanks to everyone who came out to last night's fantastic Tuesday Funk reading at Hopleaf. If you weren't there, you missed plenty of good stuff. Jackie Adamski, in only his second public reading, knocked us out with a profane meditation on faith, uncertainty, and golf. Connor Coyne treated us to a dizzying and inventive excerpt from his new novel Hungry Rats (which you can buy now!, with all proceeds through December 31st going to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan). visualaids.jpg

And William Shunn read us "The Visitors at Wriggly [sic] Field," a raucous tale of baseball, aliens, mad scientists, and beer, complete with visual aids. The story was written in support of Chicago's bid to host the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention. You won't get the full effect without the placards, but if you missed out on the reading you can read Bill's (necessary) introduction to the story here, and read the story itself here.

So that's what you missed last night. The good news is that we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, November 2 with an all-new slate of readers, including Lori Ann Stephens and Lauryn Lewis. We'll have more announcements about the November lineup soon, but mark your calendars now. You won't want to be left out next month!

            

Please remember to come out to Hopleaf tonight—Tuesday, October 5th—for our 27th entry in the theoretically infinite Tuesday Funk reading series. We're bringing you brawny fall fiction from the likes of Connor Coyne, Jackie Adamski, and William Shunn. That's three great readers for the price of a beer. Or maybe two. Dare we suggest three?

33 = 27. Tonight was meant to be. Don't miss it.

(Hopleaf is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. Arrive early for a seat.)

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

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