Friday, February 26, 2010

We're Migrating Websites!

Try saying that three times fast. Anyway, Tuesday Funk is always striving to become bigger, better, and more savory (that third one most of all). And in that effort, we have migrated to a new website:

So for all your Tuesday Funk questions (and a lot more), go to that site from now on. C'mon. All the cool kids are doing it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday Funk #21

Please join us on Tuesday, February 2nd for the second Tuesday Funk Reading of 2010.
Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark Street
Reading starts 7:30 PM.
Upstairs room opens 7:00 PM.
Come early to get a good seat.
Cash only at the bar upstairs.

Liza Ann Acosta teaches Comparative Literature at North Park University and is an artistic associate of Chicago's only all-Latina theater company, Teatro Luna.

Mary-Terese Cozzola is a writer and filmmaker. Her prose and poetry have been published in Crawdad, After Hours, and Swivel, and her films have screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival, and the Midwest Independent Film Festival. She has performed solo pieces at the Stockyards Theatre Women’s Performance Art Festival and SpeakEasy/SpeakHard: the Malinowski salon. You can learn more about her work at She lives in and loves Chicago.

Ryan Philip Kulefsky lives in Chicago, IL and holds an MFA from Bard College. His chapbook, DEAD TWINS, published by Bathroom Reading Materials (2010), is comprised of contributions to an email listserv during the fall of 2009. He teaches writing and rhetoric and American literature at Columbia College.

Brian Russell earned his MFA from the University of Houston, where he served as poetry editor of Gulf Coast. His poems have appeared or will in Mid-American Review; Epoch; Quarterly West; LIT; and Forklift, Ohio; among others. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the past three years.

Steve Timm is a poet and author of ’n’altra storio, Disparity, and the chapbooks Stragetics and Averrage. He was the performer in A Poem by Steve Timm, a video by Ya-Ling Tsai chosen for the 2004 Wisconsin Film Festival. He teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday Funk #20

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5th for the first Tuesday Funk of 2010.
Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark Street
Reading starts 7:30 PM.
Upstairs room opens 7:00 PM.
Come early to get a good seat.
Cash only at the bar upstairs.

J-L DEHER-LESAINT was born and raised in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) and moved to the United States in 1995 where he earned degrees from Harold Washington College, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Virginia. He is an English professor at Harold Washington College.

KRISTIN LUEKE received her MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she completed a chapbook called The Troubadour Detours. Her work has appeared in decomP Magazine.

As actor, educator, and writer ARLENE MALINOWSKI views solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been doing for the last twenty five years. Her five solo plays including What Does the Sun Sound Like and Aiming for Sainthood have been produced and performed in venues nationwide including St Louis Center of Contemporary Art; 16th Street Theater, Chicago; Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival; HBO Workspace; NoHo Theatre Festival; Ojai Solo Series; National Center on Deafness; West Coast Ensemble; and Blue Sphere Alliance, as well as at numerous colleges throughout the country. Most recently she performed a new piece which was named one of the five best solo shows by Windy City Times. Her solo work has been honored with an LA Garland Award and nominations for the LA Weekly Award and the Los Angeles Theatre Ovation Award. As an actor she has appeared in numerous theater productions including the world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Other favorite roles include Lovers and Other Strangers, Labor Pains, Chapter Two, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with Deaf West, the critically acclaimed In A Different Voice and Faith, Hope and Clarity.

Arlene is also a writer and performer with the nationally touring, multicultural show A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens which was honored with the White House Award for the Initiative on Race. Recent TV credits include CBS Movie Sweet Nothing in My Ear, CSI, ER, The Division, The Practice, The Division, Any Day Now, twelve segments of Fit Spa and Resort and The X Files. She teaches solo writing and performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, and coaches individual artists. Her numerous solo students have been honored with Garland Awards, special recognition at the Edinburgh Fringe, LA Weekly Awards, FEM Finalists, Windy City Chicago best solo show, and numerous critics pick. She is a contributing writer for the Week Behind and Selling Lemonade for Free and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Artist in Residence at 16th Street Theater. Her newest play Anonymous Donor about sperm banks, technology and mean girls will have a Chicago reading in 2009.

MEGAN STIELSTRA is the Literary Director for 2nd Story, a personal narrative storytelling series held in wine bars where she regularly tells stories to drunk people. She's performed for the Goodman, the MCA, the Cultural Center, the Neo Futuraium, Story Week, Wordstock, all sorts of bars and conferences, a vineyard, Opium's Literary Death Match (which she won. Because Literature is a dangerous thing!) and regularly on Chicago Public Radio. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College and The U of C.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tuesday Funk #19

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st for the final Tuesday Funk of 2009.
Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark Street
Reading starts 7:00 PM.
Upstairs room opens 6:30 PM.
Come early to get a good seat.
Cash only at the bar upstairs.

JOTHAM BURRELLO is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he directs the publishing lab, a resource for emerging writers. His writing has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Drunken Boat, Oyez Review, Pennsylvania English, the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He recently completed his novel, Fall River. He’s a former editor of the journal Sport Literate. His multimedia company, Elephant Rock Productions published the anthology All Hands On, The 2nd Hand Reader, and produced instructional DVDs for writers featuring Janet Burroway, Robert Olen Butler, Joe Meno, Rosellen Brown and others. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two little boys.

A North Side native, NICK KRYCZKA is a schoolteacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a graduate student in History at Northeastern Illinois University. Aside from the obligatory writing of lecture notes for his eager high school pupils and the drafting of thesis papers on obscure moments in nineteenth century American history, Nick has hunched over countless keyboards in third world internet cafes to cobble together accounts of his summertime treks through the remote corners of four continents.

NICHOLAS MICHAEL RAVNIKAR (BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, Naropa University) lives in Racine, WI,Jo B where he edits the irregularly published webzine, The Bathroom and is organizing with Nick Demske the first annual Racquetball Chapbook Tournament. His writing has appeared in most recently in Otoliths and Boo: A Journal of Terrific Things and is forthcoming in BlazeVOX and unarmed. His first feature-length documentary, Quilts on Barns: The Beauty of Rural Art, wrapped post-production in August 2009 and will be available for free viewing online soon. He's currently working on a documentary titled SMALL PRESS, MIDWEST. Midwest-affiliated writers, publishers, readers and scholars interested in letting him interview them for that project can send an email to He has facilitated workshops in poetry, video, installation art and journalism in a variety of settings, most recently in conjunction with the Racine Arts Council and Woodland Pattern.

JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE, a translator, poet, and purveyor of visual stills and prose, is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009), and of several chapbooks. She is now at work on Exit 43 — an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-ups—for the cross-genre publishing project Atelos Press. Excerpts of that book appear in Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse featuring pop-ups and prose by Scappettone, a lyric sequence by Etel Adnan, and an essay by Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2009); pop-up scores are now being adapted for performance in collaboration with choreographer Kathy Westwater as LAND. She was guest editor of the feature section of Aufgabe 7, devoted to contemporary Italian experimental poetry, and is at work on a range of translations from Italian, with a focus on the "Babeling deeply felt" of the postwar polyglot author Amelia Rosselli. A selection of Neosuprematist Webtexts, filmed stills, was installed at Infusoria, an exhibit of visual poetry curated by Helen White for the Festival Le Off in Brussels and Het Zilverhof in Ghent in 2009. A range of readings, a talk on poetry and landscape, and a podcast dialogue with Al Filreis are available for download at her PennSound author page. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tuesday Funk #18

Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, November 3rd.

The reading will take place at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Andersonville, Chicago.

ROBERT DUFFER has written for WBEZ's 848, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, New City, Chicago Artists Resource, Chicago Scene and others. Stories, essays and novel excerpts have appeared in journals like MAKE Magazine, Annalemma (3 & 4), Flashquake (Winter ’05, Spring ’09), Word Riot, Pindledyboz, The 2nd Hand. He teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned his MFA, and is the Chicago literary correspondent for The Examiner.

WILLIAM SHUNN returns to Tuesday Funk with another installment of his memoir The Accidental Terrorist.

LYNN SUH was born in Cambridge (MA), and moved around quite a bit as a child and teenager, living in Paris, Chicago, Seoul (Korea), and Berkeley (CA) before finally managing to settle down in Chicago once again. His poetry is informed by diverse influences, including Rilke, Tolstoy, and Mozart. He presently freelances as a violinist.

CHRIS SWEET lives in Chicago and sometimes teaches composition and rhetoric at Harper College in Palatine. He is the author of a poem, "The Burden," published in Men of Our Time, an Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America, where it is comfortably sandwiched between Kenneth Gangemi's "First Marriage" and James Dickey's "Adultery." He has also written "The Book of Matches" which appears in The Best of Hair Trigger and "Mason The Dean" in Hair Trigger 20. Hair Trigger is the annual produced by Columbia College's Fiction Writing program. If you're into arcane professional journals and have money to burn or you have access to a university library, check out his "The Brightening Glance" in The Journal of The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, "Volume 10, At Risk: Teaching and Writing outside the Safety Zone."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update! Changes to Special Event for 10/16.

Due to gnostic turpitude and other atmospheric fluctuations, the details of our Special Event this Friday have changed.

We are now meeting at:

Looseleaf Lounge
2915 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
9 PM

Unfortunately, K. Silem Mohammad will not be reading at this event.
However, we are happy to welcome several talented poets including Nick Demske.

Apologies for the shortness of notice for this change.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Special Event! K. Silem Mohammad and Nick Demske

Presented by the Gothic Funk Nation and BONK! in collaboration with Series A.

Please join us for our Special Event
that will take place at The Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark St.
Friday, October 16th at 9 PM.

NICK DEMSKE lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works there at the Racine Public Library. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Action Yes, Sawbuck, Blazevox, Fact-Simile and Moria among other places. He curates the BONK! performance series in Racine and is the editor of the online forum boo: a journal of terrific things

K. SILEM MOHAMMAD is the author of Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), and The Front (Roof Books, 2009). He edits the poetry magazine Abraham Lincoln with Anne Boyer, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (Edge Books, 2010). He teaches literature and creative writing at Southern Oregon University.