Tuesday Funk : Reading # 44
            

At our April Tuesday Funk reading, Nebula Award-winning author Richard Chwedyk shared with us the prologue of a novel written by a dinosaur who's a character in his ... um, hey, let's just let Rich explain!

And if you enjoyed that, please join us on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 for more great readings from Samantha Irby, Kristin Lueke, Dion Walton, Jennifer Schaefer, and L.A. Times Book Prize recipient Alex Shakar. Be there!

            

At our April Tuesday Funk reading, Mary Anne Mohanraj shared her (NSFW) short story "The Night Air," and it went a little something like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 for more great readings from Samantha Irby, Kristin Lueke, Dion Walton, Jennifer Schaefer, and L.A. Times Book Prize recipient Alex Shakar. Be there!

Video: William Shunn wags the dog

            

At our April Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn shared this short poem, "Old Man Walking an Old Dog"...

And if you enjoyed that, though Bill himself will be absent, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our very next Tuesday Funk, tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, which will also feature great readings from B.C. Bell, Chris Mendius, Julie Rosenthal, Susanna Lang, and Tom Underberg. Be there!

April debriefing

            

The gift that keeps on giving We were bowled over last night at Hopleaf by the great performances at Tuesday Funk, the reading series whose eclecticism knows no bounds. Personal essays, poetry, erotic science fiction, exotic science fiction, liquor labels (seriously!)—our delighted audience never knew what would strike next.

The evening kicked off with Mare Swallow's funny and poignant tale of, you know, the kind of stuff that happens when you're college. Charlotte Hart brought us a strong slate of poems, including several she created and illustrated for the labels of organic spirits from Koval Distillery. And J.H. Palmer related the hilarious and affecting story of the hazy weekend in Amsterdam that pointed the way back home to Chicago.

After a halftime break for beer and a Poem by Bill, Mary Anne Mohanraj brought us a tale (or was it a tail?) of furrie empowerment and eroticism on a distant planet. And Richard Chwedyk wrapped things up for us with a charming poem (see below) and a chilling story from his "Saur" series.

But if you weren't there, don't think you rolled a gutter ball! We'll be posting video from the evening's performances over the coming days and weeks so you can catch up on everything you missed. And of course Tuesday Funk will be back on May 1st with our guests Chris Mendius, B.C. Bell, Susanna Lang, Julie Rosenthal, and Tom Underberg. Be sure to join us!

            

Put those books back on the shelf and get on down to Hopleaf tonight for the 44th magnum opus from your friends at Tuesday Funk!

Our vaunted lineup tonight includes Richard Chwedyk, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mare Swallow, Charlotte Hart, and J.H. Palmer, not to mention one of our patented Poems By Bill.

So "like" us today on Facebook, grab one of dozens of varieties of beer from the bar, and get set for an evening of entertaining and provocative live literature. You'll be glad you did.

Hopleaf Bar is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early if you want a seat.

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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Mary Anne Mamohanraj.jpg Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine 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.

Previous titles include Aqua Erotica and Wet (two erotica anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic
choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), and The Best of Strange Horizons. Mohanraj founded the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo-nominated magazine Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing,and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose.

Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (www.desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org).

Recent publications include "Talking to Elephants" (Abyss & Apex) and "Jump Space" (Thoughtcrime Experiments). She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.

Join Tuesday Funk April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Mary Anne read!

Meet Our Readers: Charlotte Hart

            

CharPhotoTHUMB.jpg Charlotte Hart lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her poetry has been published in Journals such as Apparatus Magazine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Aurorean, Thema, and Dot Dot Dash. She has two books of poetry: The Pegasus Ring (2008) and a new chapbook, Organic Spirits (2011) by Finishing Line Press. Her poem, Clark Street Beach, is incised in concrete in front of the public library in Evanston, IL.

Charlotte has held solo exhibitions of her visual art at the Studio im Hochhaus in Berlin, and the Art Institute of Chicago where her work is in the permanent collection. She has been a part of group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the New York Academy of Design and the Drawing Center. Her illustrations have accompanied titles published by Simon and Schuster. Her website is www.charlotte-hart.com.

Join Tuesday Funk April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Charlotte read!

Meet Our Readers: J.H. Palmer

            

J.H. Palmer is a writer and storyteller, and is in possession of a range of superpowers which include the ability to use public toilets and tame feral cats (but not at the same time.)

She has performed at Story Club, Story Lab, Essay Fiesta, This Much Is True, The Moth GrandSLAM, Mortified, and 2nd Story. She is a regular contributor at Gapers Block and Chicago Theater Beat, and is pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

As of this writing, she is unemployed, so hook a sister up if you can.

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Join Tuesday on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear J.H. Palmer read!

Meet Our Readers: Mare Swallow

            

Mare Swallow is the host of the Chicago Publishes Podcast and the founder of the upcoming Chicago Writers Conference, this September in Chicago. She is also a public speaking coach who writes whenever she can.

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Join Tuesday Funk April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Mare read!

Meet Our Readers: Richard Chwedyk

            

RChwedyk.jpg Richard Chwedyk won a Nebula Award for his novella, "Bronte's Egg" in 2003. He has also been nominated for the Hugo, the Rhysling, and shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Nebula Awards Showcase 2004, Year's Best SF 7, Tales From the Red Lion, Visual Journeys, Hell in the Heartland and Cthulhu and the Coeds, or: Kids and Squids; and in the magazines Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories and Space and Time. His poetry has appeared in Year's Best SF 8, Strange Horizons, Tales of the Unanticipated and most recently in the tribute anthology 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Chwedyk received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College Chicago and an M.A. in in English from Northwestern University. He currently teaches the regular and advanced Science Fiction Writing Workshop courses for Columbia College Chicago. He has led or moderated numerous writing workshops since 1991, taught Freshman Rhetoric/Composition and Short Story Writing for several area community colleges. He is currently working on a collection of stories. Rumors of a novel are getting louder.

Join Tuesday Funk April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Richard read!

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