G.P.A. and William Shunn at Tuesday Funk If it was a bittersweet affair earlier this week at Tuesday Funk, it was also a raucous one. We might have said goodbye to a longtime co-host, but we certainly didn't say goodbye to the eclectic and irreverent spirit of the series!

We kicked things off in fine fashion with plagiarized tweets and a madcap tale of elder care from a very animated Davis Schneiderman. Jocelyn Geboy followed that up with the funny and painful tale of her week in a psych ward. Our regular feature Haiku by Andrew delighted us with topical verse. And J. Michael Grey closed out the first half of our program leading four players in a staged reading of his short play about fathers and fortune and homophobia and more, all set in an Irish pub.

After a break for beer from Mark at the bar, we were treated to a brief history of Poems by Bill (including return visits to "Dogwalker's Algorithm" and "Under Their Skirts"), along with one last new poem for the occasion. G.P.A. arrived just in the nick of time to bring us the stirring and heartbreaking tale of the bully who stole his chocolate milk. And finally, in his final appearance as a co-host, William Shunn delivered a new short story about Mormon missionaries, mouse murder, and an elderly Russian Jew in northern Idaho.

So that's what you missed out on if you missed out on Tuesday Funk, but never fear! We'll bring you plenty of video excerpts in the weeks to come, and then we'll be back on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, for an evening with Ryan Bartelmay, Kelly Swails, Christa Desir, Jasmine Davila, and Christopher Sweet. Please don't miss it!


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I wrote this poem to read at last night's Tuesday Funk—the 64th episode in the series, and my final night as host.


Bless the English language
for its charming, maddening
ambiguity.

Will I look back on this night
as the last time I was here
or the last time I was here?

It matters to me.
Does it matter to you?


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Don't forget—tonight is Tuesday Funk's 64th episode, featuring 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! Don't 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 #64


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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


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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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At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host Andrew Huff delivered another fistful of his patented seasonal haiku, and it sounded just a little like this...

My lack of sideburns,
like so many surprises,
is temporary.

Man and woman and
woman and woman and, yes,
man and man: all love.

Today marriage is
defined by nature, not "god"
here in Illinois.

Chef Charlie Trotter:
talent, tyrant, reinventor.
May he rest in peace.

Fortune smiles brightly
on the gambler who chose
Bears over Packers.



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!


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At our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host William Shunn brought us a brief little poem called "Fiction Wants to Be Free," and it sounded just a bit 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!


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At our October 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host Andrew Huff delivered a fistful of his patented seasonal haiku, and it sounded just a little like this...

October is now
Chicago Artists Month, but
what about the rest?

Fall in Chicago.
Break out your jacket, sweaters
and shorts and t-shirts.

The Fall Equinox
only confirms the season
now matches the weather.

The US Haiku
Department is closed due to
government shutdown.



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!


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German army chess set, 1940 Eight times eight is sixty-four, so it only seems fair that we square the circle at our 64th big episode and bid farewell to longtime co-host William Shunn. The roster on December 3rd will feature G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, a freaking stage play by J. Michael Grey, and a reading by Mr. Shunn himself. Throw in a handful of our patented Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for an evening sure to checkmate your early winter blues.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #64


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Vojislav Pejović reads at Tuesday Funk #63 The folks lucky enough to have squeezed into the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for our November 5th edition of Tuesday Funk know what a fantastic time was had by all. But if you weren't there, let us break down the awesomeness for you.

We kicked things off with Rosamund Lannin, who took us trick-or-treating in the Castro of San Francisco. John Rich then hauled us up to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to visit a local dive bar. Co-host Andrew Huff brought us topical haiku appropriate to the season. And returning reader J.H. Palmer spirited us to Texas for a guided tour of Lee Harvey Oswald's Dallas.

After a break for beer from Mark at the bar, co-host William Shunn brought us a new poem about trees and clapping or something. Next, Vojislav Pejović took us overseas to Belgrade for a look at a student and a nation rearranging themselves. And finally, Paul McComas and Greg Starrett donned costumes to unravel for us the mystery of Frankenstein's fine suit—a mystery we didn't even know needed solving!

Not only that, but we introduced you to our new co-host, who'll be taking over from Bill in January—the multi-talented Eden Robins. She proved her worth by rising to the challenge of introducing one of our more hard-to-pronounce guests like so:



That's what you missed out on, but never fear! We'll bring you plenty of video excerpts in the weeks to come, and then we'll be back on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, for an evening with 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! Please don't dream of missing it!


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Don't forget—tonight is Tuesday Funk's 63rd big episode, featuring Paul McComas & Greg Starrett, Vojislav Pejović, J.H. Palmer, John Rich, and Rosamund Lannin. Don't 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 #63, November 5, 2013


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J.H. Palmer co-produces the monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote, which takes place the second Sunday of the month at Swim Cafe, and which recently celebrated its one year anniversary. She has appeared at a number of storytelling and live lit venues, and her work has appeared on the online publication The Toast. She is pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, and she just won the Annual Prose Award for non-fiction from the Guild Literary Complex!

J.H. Palmer

Please join Jessica and all our celebrated readers on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.


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