Tuesday Funk : November 2013

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn's typewriter tattoo
William Shunn has served as co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk since our 27th episode in October 2010. He devised our current five-reader format, introduced such popular recurring features as our Poem by Bill, and designed and programmed our website. He also blogs and occasionally podcasts at www.shunn.net.

An acclaimed writer of short fiction, Bill has been shortlisted for the highest awards in science fiction, including the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In June he moved with his wife and dog to New York City, where he's turned his attention to a series of linked stories drawn from his experiences as a Mormon missionary in the late 1980's. He has returned to Chicago every month since moving to keep hosting Tuesday Funk, but will hang up his hat at last after next week's show. Does a Tuesday Funk East lurk somewhere around the corner? Only time will tell.

Please join Bill—for the last time!—and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

William Shunn at Grand Central Station

            

At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, Vojislav Pejović took us to Belgrade for an excerpt from his powerful new story "Rearrangements," and it sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please come out to our next event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, which features readings from G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and—in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host—William Shunn! You won't want to miss it!

            

G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive)
G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive) hails from Chicago's South Side. He is the author of four books of poetry, inlcuding the 2013 Poetry Book of the Year Revenge of the Orgasm (An Erotic Autobiography). G.P.A. has won the Moth Storytelling Slam twice, won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Poetry Pentathlon, won the Michael Baisden Poetry Slam, and most recently, won Urban Image Magazine's Talent Search. Currently he is working on a novel, Bobo's Middle School Adventures.

Please join G.P.A. and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

            

At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, Tuesday Funk veteran J.H. Palmer led us on a most unusual tour of Dallas, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please come out to our next event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, which features readings from G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and—in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host—William Shunn! You won't want to miss it!

Meet Our Readers: J. Michael Grey

            

J. Michael Grey
J. Michael Grey is a playwright and essayist. Many of his plays have been acted out at Blue Box World's now ten years running play series, STICKY, in New York City, including NO L. coming up later in December.

Please join Michael and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

J. Michael Grey in bed

            

At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, John Rich took us to the wilds of northern Michigan for a very revealing round of beers, and it sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please come out to our next event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, which features readings from G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and—in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host—William Shunn! You won't want to miss it!

Meet Our Readers: Davis Schneiderman

            

Davis Schneiderman
Davis Schneiderman's works include the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel, with audio from Dj Spooky, and the newly released [SIC] (Fall 2013), with intro by Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker.

His work has has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, Harpers.org, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse; he blogs for The Huffington Post and is a Contributing Editor for The Nervous Breakdown.

He is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs at Lake Forest College. He also Directs Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books.

Please join Davis and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

            

At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, the dynamic duo of Paul McComas and Greg Starrett donned costumes and makeup to bring us a scene from their new novella Fit for a Frankenstein, and it sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please come out to our next event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, which features readings from G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and—in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host—William Shunn! You won't want to miss it!

Meet Our Readers: Jocelyn Geboy

            

Jocelyn Geboy
Jocelyn Geboy is a sixteen-year non-native native of Chicago. She is slightly obsessed with square dogs, bees, and all things mini. She has performed improvisationally with =e, been sketchy with Das Glumlot, and became part of Listen to Your Mother this year.

She is the creator of The First Time reading series and has maintained her own personal blog for the last nine years at smussyolay.com. She previously blogged for Chicagoist and BlockAvenue, and now has a new home at Chicago Now with "An Unquiet Chicagoan."

Please join Jocelyn and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

            

Eden M. Robins
As announced at our November 5th edition, we'll have a new co-host soon joining the Tuesday Funk family. We're pleased to introduce Eden Robins!

Eden is a great friend and supporter of Tuesday Funk who has read for us on at least three occasions in the past, including going above and beyond the call of duty on the night of our infamous February blizzard. She's had some short stories published in magazines that are now defunct, as well as magazines that are still up and running. She is the founding editor of the online semiprozine Brain Harvest, also defunct, and is currently writing her second novel, a weird Western. For money, Eden makes what are essentially Choose Your Own Adventure websites that teach people about health insurance, but she's spent most of her adult life trying to sell you dildos. Eden horrifies writers everywhere with her unabashed hatred of cats. She has a website, too.

"I think the top goal is to entertain," Eden says of her coming Tuesday Funk tenure. "There are a bazillion reading series in Chicago to choose from, and as much as I love stories and essays, one has to admit that it's not always the most compelling live show. I think the role of the hosts is to keep the audience entertained and coming back every month and to pick a variety of writing styles so that the readings stay fresh and interesting, and so there's more to the audience than a rotating group of cliques that come to see their friend and then leave."

Warming our hearts, she goes on to say, "I just love Tuesday Funk and I want to see it get even more awesome!"

Please join us at Hopleaf on January 7, 2014, when Eden makes her awesome debut as a co-host with Andrew Huff. And please come out to our next event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, which features readings from G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and—in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host—William Shunn! You won't want to miss it!

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