Our next event takes place Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and will include readings from Dayna Bateman, Gina DeLuca, Kimberly Dixon, Annabel Lang, and Mare Swallow. 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: Cynthia (cina) Pelayo


cinapelayo.jpgCynthia (cina) Pelayo grew up in a haunted house with very superstitious parents in Chicago's northwest side. She is a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Fine Art in Writing program, where she says she majored in the macabre. Her short story collection, Loteria, is a collection of 54 short stories based on Latin American folklore, superstition, legend and myth.

Her first horror novel, Santa Muerte, about the Mexican cult of death, will be released in October via Post Mortem Press. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is also the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books, her boutique horror press that publishes emerging horror writers and has produced an anthology of Gothic stories. She wears black—most of the time—and she stays out of the sun as much as (un)humanly possible.

Please see Cynthia and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!


At our September 4th science fiction program, YA writer Rae Carson stopped by our microphone to read from a secret project she's been working on, and it sounded a little like this...

If you liked that, please check out Rae's new novel, The Crown of Embers, which is out today! And you really won't want to miss our next event, Tuesday Funk's United States of Horror, which will take place Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and will include readings from John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and The Colin & Ishmael Players. One of us! One of us...!


The month of October. These United States. Our 50th big episode. Put them together and what do you get? Tuesday Funk's United States of Horror.

No, it doesn't make any sense, but neither does life, and that's the whole point of the genre we celebrate in this shiveriest of months. Which is why, on October 2nd at Hopleaf, Tuesday Funk will present an evening of horror designed to scare the living daylights out of you. Our frighteningly good lineup that night will include John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a special dramatic reading by The Colin & Ishmael Players, not to mention your pick of dozens of varieties of cold beer at the bar.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at the newly expanded and renovated Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Mark at the cash-only 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. We dare you.


Second September debriefing


Sassy parking meter. Tuesday Funk, in association with the wildly successful new Chicago Writers Conference, put on a terrific reading event this past Friday night at Open Books in Chicago's River North. If you've come to expect the unexpected from Tuesday Funk, then you probably weren't surprised about being surprised about some of the surprises that were sprung upon that evening.

After some introductory remarks about the great work that Open Books does and about our sponsorship partner the Chicago Writers Association, Patricia Skalka kicked things off for us with a noirish, engrossing scene from her Wisconsin-set mystery novel, Death in Door County. Host William Shunn followed that up with the stream-of-consciousness narrative of an old woman awakening in a new robotic body, "Find the Gray Triangle." And Rachel Wilson brought us a poignant chapter from her forthcoming debut young adult novel, Don't Touch.

Our Poem by Bill, "Telegraph," was composed on a topic provided by CWC backer Tina Woelke—"reading." M. Salahuddin Khan followed that up with a powerful excerpt from his novel Sikander, about a young Afghani mujahid who must live with the reality of his first killing. And Mary Robinette Kowal, after an emotional epistolary story about resurrection from the dead, startled and delighted our audience with a shadow puppet play from the 17th century.

People, this is the sort of thing you miss when you miss Tuesday Funk! But don't despair. We'll be bringing you videos from the evening over the next couple of weeks, and then we'll be back on October 2nd with our United States of Horror Edition featuring John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and The Colin & Ishmael Players. Be sure to join us!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #49 is tonight!


Just put your Hancock right here. Good morning, Chicago! Tuesday Funk could not be more pleased to be bringing you, in association with the Chicago Writers Conference and Open Books, our first special Friday reading event!

This remarkable evening, featuring attendees of the Chicago Writers Conference, will include Patricia Skalka, William Shunn, Rachel Wilson, M. Salahuddin Khan, and Mary Robinette Kowal, plus a Conference-specific edition of our patented Poem by Bill.

This special event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl. in Chicago's River North neighborhood (convenient to the Brown Line stop at Chicago Ave.). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The Samich Box food truck will be available outside Open Books from 6:30 on, and you may bring your own beer and wine to the reading.

Remember, the event itself is FREE, but you MUST have a ticket in order to attend. Click here to register and print your ticket, and we'll see you tonight!



Last week our co-host William Shunn
Had just a little too much fun
Reading a poem that was meant to take the piss
Out of the tropes of science fiction,
In a faux-hiphoppish diction,
And it sounded just a little bit like this:

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books, featuring M. Salahuddin Khan, Patricia Skalka, Rachel Wilson, William Shunn, and Mary Robinette Kowal!

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn


High strung William Shunn is the author of thirty works of short fiction, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon-nominated novella "Inclination" (available as an audiobook from Audible.com). His stories have appeared in Salon, Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Storyteller, Electric Velocipede, and various Year's Best anthologies. An early draft of his memoir The Accidental Terrorist can be heard as a podcast.

Bill is also a co-producer and co-host of our Tuesday Funk readings, of which his Poems by Bill are a regular feature. In the wake of the recent World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, he is beginning to come to terms with the fact that his best-known piece of writing by far is his essay on "Proper Manuscript Format." He is unwelcome ever to return to Canada, and claims he is not actually a grand motherfucker.

Please see Bill and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Patricia Skalka


Screen shot 2012-09-10 at 1.27.23 PM.png A native Chicagoan, Patricia Skalka grew up reading books from the once-a-week mobile library in her far southeast side neighborhood. Although always a fan of fiction, she spent most of her professional life writing award-winning medical and human interest articles for Reader's Digest, Ladies' Home Journal, and more than a dozen other national publications. She also ghosted non-fiction books for Rodale Books and Random House, and is co-author of Nurses on Our Own (St. Martin's Press, Avon), which was optioned for a TV movie.

Now she's where she's wanted to be all along─writing novels. Death in Door County, the first book in her literary mystery series, is being considered by a leading publisher, and she's hard at work on the second installment. Pat is a member of the Authors Guild and Off Campus Writers Workshop. Check out her reviews of fiction and non-fiction books─both new and old favorites─on her blog, Books in Brief.

Please see Pat and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Tuesday Funk likes Open Books


Tuesday Funk is delighted to be producing this Friday's Chicago Writers Conference special reading event together with Open Books, an organization that truly needs and deserves your support.

openbooks.jpg Open Books, if you don't know, is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. Their mission is to enrich lives through reading, writing, and the unlimited power of used books.

Their programs include reading buddies for elementary school students; creative writing field trips for 4th through 12th graders; college and career mentoring for high school juniors; literacy workshops for all ages; and much, much more.

Their bookstore, open 7 days a week in River North, offers more than 50,000 donated books for sale to support their programs. Tax-deductible book donations are always welcome, and you can learn many other ways to support and help out Open Books by visiting their website, open-books.org.

Open Books is located at 213 W. Institute Pl., conveniently near the Brown Line stop at Chicago Avenue. Watch this space to learn how you can attend our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition of Tuesday Funk at Open Books, Friday, September 14th, 7:30 p.m., featuring Patricia Skalka, M. Salahuddin Khan, Rachel Wilson, William Shunn, and Mary Robinette Kowal. We hope to see you there!


Last week Daryl Gregory dropped by our Tuesday Funk microphone to deliver a quietly powerful story of the persistence of vision made literal, and it went a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books, featuring M. Salahuddin Khan, Patricia Skalka, Rachel Wilson, William Shunn, and Mary Robinette Kowal!

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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, August 7, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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