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National Address

January 15th, 2010 by Sam

National Address is the Gothic Funk Nation’s official reading circle, a safe and friendly place to informally workshop works-in-progress. Consisting of readings and round table discussions, the National Address aims to provide a forum for writers of all Gothicly Funky stripes and a voice for the Gothic Funk Nation. Attendance is open and participants are welcome to bring unsolicited material.

National Address
Thursday, January 21, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Barista Coffee House
852 N Damen Ave

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Tuesday Funk #20

December 24th, 2009 by Reinhardt Suarez

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.

National Address Tomorrow, 19/11/2009

December 15th, 2009 by Sam

National Address Tomorrow, 19/11/2009

I hope everyone is ready for a great N/A tomorrow!  Our new location, Barista Coffee House is an ideal setting for our circle to gather, listen, & chat.  This is your opportunity to bring a piece you would like to share, or simply to find out what others are doing.  We hope you will help us match October’s success with your attendance in November!

National Address
Thursday, November 19, 7-9pm
Barista Coffee House, 852 N Damen Ave.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Connor Coyne, Editor-In-Chief

The Gothic Funk Nation

connor@gothicfunk.org

http://gothicfunk.org

JOURNAL OF THE ARTS CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. 4 November, 2009.

The Gothic Funk Nation is accepting submissions for the third issue of its arts journal, The Paramanu Pentaquark. Published biannually online and by CD-ROM, the journal is an eclectic collection of music, painting, photography, poetry, and prose that runs a line from the evocative to the visceral. Selected work exhibits an experimental execution, emotional intensity, and the urgency of communication; this is not a project given to passive pessimism or reluctant daydreams. Issue #2 may be viewed online for free at www.gothicfunk.org.

The new issue will be published this upcoming February, and art in any medium may be submitted online at http://www.gothicfunk.org/parapenta/submissions/. Submissions will be considered as Images, Sounds, or Words, and artists will be notified of our decision within two months. In addition to publication, accepted artists will receive a free copy of a limited print CD-ROM of the third issue, and an invitation to present their work at an official launch event hosted in Chicago.

The Gothic Funk movement was conceived in November 2004 as a series of parties that framed social intimacy as a point of origin for the creative impulse. Subsequent efforts have included public epistles, artistic projects, two monthly reading series, and more parties.

To submit your work, please visit www.gothicfunk.org/parapenta/submissions/.
To peruse the second issue of the Paramanu Pentaquark, please visit www.gothicfunk.org/parapenta/02/.
For more information on the Gothic Funk Nation, please visit www.gothicfunk.org.

 

Tuesday Funk #19

November 21st, 2009 by Connor

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 nicholasmichaelravnikar@gmail.com. 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.

Tuesday Funk #18

October 26th, 2009 by Connor

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.”

Update! Changes to Special Event for 10/16.

October 15th, 2009 by Connor

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
http://looseleaflounge.com/
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.

National Address 10/22

October 15th, 2009 by Sam

This month, we lost a good friend & home to National Address, Mercury Cafe. While it is unlikely to find another venue similar to theirs anytime soon, there are also good reasons to explore new places. On Thursday, October 22 we will be holding National Address at Barista Coffee House, a relatively new shop on Damen, just north of Chicago Ave. They are very excited to have us, & are even willing to stay open late for us (normally open to 8pm on Thursdays.) Please come, & help us show them what we have to offer. It is possible that after 8, we may move to a nearby bar (many good choices,) so please come for the beginning. This month, featured presenter Connor Coyne will be reading selections from his novel, Urbantasm.

The National Address is the Gothic Funk Nation’s official reading circle, a safe and friendly place to informally workshop works-in-progress. Consisting of readings and round table discussions, the National Address aims to provide a forum for writers of all Gothicly Funky stripes and a voice for the Gothic Funk Nation. Attendance is open and participants are welcome to bring unsolicited material.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Barista Coffee House
822 N Damen

Special Event! K. Silem Mohammad and Nick Demske

October 6th, 2009 by Connor

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.

Tuesday Funk #17

September 14th, 2009 by Connor

NEW LOCATION! This month’s Tuesday Funk will take place at The Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago.

Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, October 6th:

RAYMOND L. BIANCHI is a native of Chicago and the child of Italian Immigrants. He lived and worked for most of the 1990’s in Bolivia and Brazil, first as a volunteer and then in publishing. He is the author of two books of poetry: Circular Descent (2003) from Blaze Vox Books and Immediate Empire (2008) from i.e. Press. He was the guest translation editor for Aufgabe 6 which included a section of 18 Brazilian poets that he translated. His translations of Brazilian poet Sergio Medieros will appear in the fall 2009 edition of Mandorla Magazine from the University of Texas press. He also serves as Publisher and co-founder of Cracked Slab Books of Chicago. In that capacity he served as co-editor for The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century in 2008. He blogs at www.irasciblepoet.blogspot.com.

Following a lifetime career in dance, MAGGIE KAST received an MFA in fiction from Vermont College. She has published stories in The Sun, Nimrod, Kaleidoscope, Rosebud, Paper Street, and Carve. Her essays and memoir excerpts have appeared in Americ2a, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, and others. Her book, The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, has just been published by Wipf and Stock and is available at bookstores and www.wipfandstock.com. Read excerpts at www.maggiekast.com.

ARLENE MALINOWSKI – As actor, educator, and writer Arlene 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.

LAURA TIEBERT is a travel writer and author of four guidebooks to Chicago, including Frommer’s Chicago with Kids, Frommer’s Chicago Day by Day, Chicago for Dummies, and the forthcoming Frommer’s Chicago Free and Dirt Cheap. She has ghostwritten eight For Dummies books, ranging from Blues for Dummies with Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks, to Beauty Secrets for Dummies with supermodel Stephanie Seymour. Studying with Chicago performance artist Brigid Murphy, she completed her first novel, Sapphire Dunes, a romantic novel about a feisty and chic young Chicago journalist who follows her heart to a Middle Eastern country and comes home with a great feature story… and possibly the love of her life. Laura is currently working on her second novel, Home Economics, about a 45-year-old mom on the verge of a nervous breakdown (the breakdown all moms would like to have but can’t afford to), whose dead mother-in-law starts speaking to her through a 1950s Sunbeam mixmaster. (Yes, exactly like the mixmasters on display in Tuesday Funk’s former home, Flourish).

Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf

September 5th, 2009 by Connor

We are happy to announce that our October 6th reading will take place upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark Street (just south of Foster) in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

For those who haven’t been there yet, it’s a gorgeous restaurant and bar with some rave reviews and an impressive menu of beer and wine. So arrive early, grab a good table, and order some food before the reading starts at 7 PM.

Here’s a preview of Tuesday Funk #17:

RAYMOND L. BIANCHI poet and Cracked Slab Books co-founder joins us from Series A, MAGGIE KAST reads from her newly published memoir The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, solo performer ARLENE MALINOWSKI will bring her theater work to the Tuesday Funk stage, and LAURA TIEBERT will read from her novel in progress in which a woman’s dead mother-in-law starts talking to her from a 1950s Sunbeam mixmaster.

So mark your calendars. Invite your literary friends, your beer drinking friends, and your foodie friends. There’s going to be something for everybody!