Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and will include readings from Dayna Bateman, Connor Coyne, James Gordon, Amar Taylor, and Cesar Torres. 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.

chicon-logo160.jpg Tuesday Funk is proud and excited that the 70th World Science Fiction Convention will be coming to Chicago in three short weeks! And It so happens that our 48th big reading will take place Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, the day after Worldcon ends. In honor of Worldcon, we plan to put on an evening of great science fiction readings—a veritable Science Fiction Spectacular—with a group of terrific writers we wouldn't normally be able to assemble here in Chicago.

Our stellar lineup that night will include Crawford Award winner Daryl Gregory, Norton and Morris Award nominee Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Adam Rakunas, and Gregory A. Wilson! You'll also get a new Poem By Bill, 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. Dare we say they're always out of this world?


August debriefing


Sending 2010 packing in style, w/@chavoen, the whisky to my beer. Every episode of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf seems to feature some emergent, unintended theme, and Tuesday night's show was no exception. The major theme seemed to be old men, with subthemes of brown liquor and Martian exploration. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Jesse Jordan kicked things off for us with an intriguing and somewhat painful excerpt from his new novel Gospel Hollow. Chicago Magazine's Scott Smith followed that up with a wonderful meditation on growing old, setting the evening's themes in motion (see video below), after which Holly McDowell brought us a poignant and thrilling chapter from her serial novel King Solomon's Wives.

After a break for beer, co-host William Shunn broke with tradition by reading not a poem but instead a brief essay about Curiosity Rover. Next, co-host Sara Ross Witt delivered a powerful short story about a factory town in decline. And Stacy Bierlein brought the old man theme full circle with a wonderfully steamy story from her new collection A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends.

But if you missed out, don't despair. We'll be bringing you more video from the evening over the next few weeks, and then we'll be back on September 4th with our Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular featuring Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas. Be sure to join us!


Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: another angle For our 47th amazing episode tonight at Hopleaf, your friends at Tuesday Funk are bringing you layer upon layer of the best writers Chicago has to offer.

This stellar evening will feature Scott Smith, Holly McDowell, Jesse Jordan, Sara Ross Witt, A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends author Stacy Bierlein, and one of our patented Poems By Bill.

So "like" us today on Facebook, grab one of dozens of varieties of beer from the bar, and get set for an evening of entertaining and provocative live literature with your hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. You'll be glad you leveled up.

Hopleaf Bar is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early if you want a seat.

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.



At our June Tuesday Funk reading, author Alex Shakar (who had the unenviable task of following Samantha Irby) read us a spellbinding passage from his L.A. Times Book Prize-winning novel Luminarium, and it sounded a little like this:

And if you enjoyed that, please join us on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 for more great readings from Scott Smith, Holly McDowell, Jesse Jordan, Sara Ross Witt, and Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends author Stacy Bierlein. Be there!

Meet Our Readers: Jesse Jordan


Jesse Jordan is a writer and editor currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. He is an MFA graduate of Columbia College and a member of Reading Under the Influence (a monthly series which you can see tonight at Sheffield's). Gospel Hollow is his first novel.


Please join Jesse and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Stacy Bierlein


photo.JPGStacy Bierlein is the author of the vibrant new story collection A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (May 2008), and a coeditor of Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (October 2011).

A longtime contributing editor to Other Voices Magazine, in 2005 Stacy joined Gina Frangello in founding the independent press Other Voices Books, and later the Morgan Street International Novel Series. She has been a visiting lecturer at Whittier College, UC Riverside at Palm Desert, and Columbia College. She contributes to various websites including The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown.

Her current book tour is taking her to ten cities. She rather likes being on the road and wishes she was in a rock band. If only someone had convinced teenaged Stacy to trade in her oboe for an electric guitar...

Please join Stacy and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday Funk is proud to be a supporter of the inaugural Chicago Writers Conference, taking place September 14-16 at Tribune Tower. We're even more proud to announce a rare special Friday edition of Tuesday Funk in conjunction with the Chicago Writers Conference, to take place the evening of Friday, September 14th, at the non-profit Open Books bookstore.

We're currently looking for three conference participants to fill out the roster for this very special evening of fiction and poetry. If you'd like to be considered as a reader, please email us at cwc@tuesdayfunk.org. Tell us a little about yourself and about your work. Include the piece(s) you'd like to read by pasting the text into the body of your email. (We prefer not to download attachments.) For fiction, limit your submission to a total of 2,000 words or less. For poetry, send a sample of four or five poems. Readings will be limited to 10 minutes or less.

We are open to any type or genre of fiction and poetry, so long as it's entertaining to listeners. But since we won't be at our usual adults-only location on September 14th, please keep the contents to a mild R rating. And remember, you must be a registered Chicago Writers Conference attendee to participate. (And yes, we will check.)

Submissions are due by Saturday, August 25th. The three readers selected to participate will be contacted by no later than September 1st. Good luck!


Meet Our Readers: Sara Ross Witt


Sara DC Sep 07.jpgSara Ross Witt is a co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing Program. She was raised in Ohio as a psychic by her biological mother, a detail she writes about in some of her short stories. Since leaving Ohio, she has lived in New York City, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis and has pursued a very non-psychic career as a technical writer for the United States Government, which included writing for the Office of the President. During her pregnancy, she authored Pregphobic and Pregnant, a blog mostly about pregnancy, some crafting, and the occasional reference to the movie Alien.

Sara lives with her husband, their 8-month old son, and two cats in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

Please join Sara and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Holly McDowell


Holly McDowell.jpgHolly McDowell lived in Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina before discovering the magical city of Chicago. She can be spotted drinking glögg, searching for the world's best tapas bar, and writing in coffee shops all over the windy city. The first episode of her serialized novel, King Solomon's Wives, is available for Kindle, Nook and Android, and it's interactive! If you read to the end, you get to vote on which character she has to write about next. Google her for details, or visit http://www.hollymcdowell.com.

Please join Holly and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith


Scott Smith is 37 years old and the Director of Digital Strategy for Chicago magazine. Scott cites his years attending college in Ohio as his most formative, and his years since, living in Chicago, as his most enriching. In his spare time, Scott enjoys comic books, whiskey, video games and the oeuvre of The Faces. He lives on the South Side in Beverly with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Abigail. Follow his further exploits at ourmaninchicago.net.

Scott Smith.jpg

Please join Scott and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday Funk

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, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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