Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and will include readings from Leland Cheuk, Karen Clanton, Kevin Coval, Kat Jercich, and Marco Rafala. Please join us! The fun gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640.

Meet Our Readers: Jill Howe

          

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Jill Howe is the producer of Story Sessions, a showcase featuring true stories and live music. Jill has facilitated her monthly storytelling group Friends with Words for the last six years, organizes and teaches Story Sessions writing retreats, and presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling. She shares her stories at bars and theaters all around Chicagoland. Also, after recently becoming a resident storyteller at The Field Museum, she develops kid-friendly true stories about beloved animals who need to have their memories dusted off.

Please join Jill and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Sara Ross Witt

          

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Sara Ross Witt was born in Ohio, where she was raised on storytelling, magic, and family myths. She is a writer, mother, and future business owner. A former co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing program, Sara's writing has appeared in Arch City Chronicle, Parent to Parent, Black Market Lit, and Best of Ohio Short Stories volumes 1 and 2.

Please join Sara and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Sophie Amado

          

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A proud Chicago native, Sophie Amado holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Here, she taught undergraduate writing and rhetoric and started editing for both Arcturus Magazine and Hotel Amerika. She has interned with Folio Literary Management, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and she spent a year teaching high school students English in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright grant. Currently, Sophie writes content for Groupon and runs a recurring reading series called Read Some Shit at aliveOne in Lincoln Park. She's also working on publishing her first essay collection.

Please join Sophie and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Vojislav Pejović

          

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Vojislav Pejović was born in Montenegro, former Yugoslavia, in 1972. He is a neurobiologist by training and a medical communications professional by occupation. His publications include two novels, The Life and Death of Milan Junak and American Sfumato. He lives in Evanston with his wife and their two sons. American Sfumato will be published in October 2019, by Chicago's Tortoise Books.

Please join Vojislav and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday Funk #130: August 6, 2019

          

The dog days of summer are nearly here -- combat the heat with some adult beverages and live lit! Join us in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on Tuesday, Aug. 6 for Chicago's favorite eclectic reading series, where we'll feature Sara Ross Witt, Sophie Amado, H. Melt, Vojislav Pejovic and Jill Howe!

As always, admission to Tuesday Funk is free, but you must be 21 to attend. Doors open at 7pm sharp (tables tend to fill up fast, so don't dawdle!) and the show will start at 7:30pm. Please RSVP on Facebook, and please like and follow us while you're there so you get our announcements right in your stream.


Tuesday Funk #130, Aug. 6 2019

Some Angry Haiku for July 2019

          

Current events couldn't help but make their way into cohost Andrew Huff's topical haiku at the July 2, 2019 show.

Once liberators,
now a nation that constructs
concentration camps.

Proud Americans
forget the reason we fought:
freedom from tyranny.

Independence Day
fails to live up to its name
while we still detain.

Meanwhile...

Patriotism is
rooting for women's soccer
to conquer England.

July 2019 Debrief

          

Kenji Kuramitsu reads at Tuesday Funk #129
We had a great crowd for the 129th edition of Tuesday Funk on July 2, and those in attendance got a serious treat -- emphasis on serious.

Norman Doucet got everything started with a funny story that wove a legendary boxing match with glimpses into the personalities of the three parental figures in his life. Next, Cameron McGill read poems that painted desolate landscapes populated by lovers, family members and memories. Then Sahar Mustafah shared an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, The Beauty of Your Face, giving us a look at the movements and motivations of a school shooter.

Cohost Andrew read a couple of rather angry haiku, and we took a break to refill drinks and decompress.

Cohost Eden brought us back from intermission with part of an essay about her experiences living for two weeks on a scientific research boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Then Kalisha Buckhanon read an excerpt from her new book Speaking of Summer, and finally Kenji Kuramitsu delivered an essay reflecting on Japanese resettlement in Chicago after the World War II internment camps and their relevance today.

Keep an eye on our YouTube page for video of the show, and put Tuesday, August 6 on your calendar now. We'll be featuring readings by Sara Ross Witt, H. Melt, Sophie Amado, Vojislav Pejovic and Jill Howe. You won't want to miss it!

Tuesday Funk #129 is tonight!

          

I'll just say this: You do NOT want to miss this show. With readings by Kalisha Buckhanon, Kenji Kuramitsu, Cameron McGill, Norman Doucet, and Sahar Mustafah, plus your perennial co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins.

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. And check it out -- You can now order food from our bartender! See you there!

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Meet Our Readers: Norman Doucet

          

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Norman Doucet was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and spent his formative years there, which is reflected in many of the mistakes he has made in his life. For instance, he likes to point out that he was both a right-wing Republican and an evangelical Christian...at the same time. Seeking adventure, and a change of scenery, he joined the Marine Corps after college and got both of those things, but most importantly, he gained an appreciation for the heights and depths of the human experience, which has shaped some of his world view. Norm fell in love with storytelling at a young age, listening to his late grandmother's tales filled with superstitions wrapped around heady gossip. He fell in love with writing during his English Novel class in undergrad because he was impressed by how long the authors could keep "talking and making shit up" and keep his interest.

He's won some awards, has gone to grad school and spends his days "talking and making shit up" for work.

Please join Norman and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Kalisha Buckhanon

          

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Kalisha Buckhanon's fourth novel SPEAKING OF SUMMER arrives July 30 from Counterpoint Press. The novel has been named a "Best Of" for Essence, O Magazine, Ms. Magazine, TIME, Buzzfeed, LitHub, USA Today and more. Her other novels have won a National Book Foundation "Literature for Justice" Program selection, American Library Association ALEX Award, Audie Award in Literary Fiction, Friends of American Writers Award and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Places her short works appear include Oxford American, Fiction International, Michigan Quarterly Review and REVISE THE PSALM, a celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks from Curbside Splendor. She herself appears on BET, Investigation Discovery and TV One channels as a true crime case commentator. She has English B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the New School in New York City. She was born in Kankakee, Illinois.

Please join Kalisha and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. Please RSVP on Facebook.

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About Us

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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