Our next event takes place Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and will include readings from Lily Be, Chelsea Fiddyment, Tom Haley, Britt Julious, and Alec Nevala-Lee. 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: Billy Lombardo

            

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Billy Lombardo is the author of three books of fiction: The Man with Two Arms, How to Hold a Woman, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, and one book of something else: Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. He is a Nelson Algren Fiction Award winner and the founder and managing editor of Polyphony HS, a student-run, international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He teaches English literature and creative writing at the Latin School of Chicago.

Please join Billy and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Ruben Quesada

            

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Ruben Quesada has taught writing, literature, and literary translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts and at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. His writing and digital media have been featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, Oxford American, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, The American Poetry Review and elsewhere.

Please join Ruben and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: David Daskal

            

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David Daskal is a writer, parent and jack of all careers. Now a recruiter, he has in past reincarnations been a public defender in Brooklyn, a waiter at Michael Jordan's original restaurant, the personal screener of Mayor Richard M. Daley's mail, and a tech salesman of the world's finest benefits communication tool. He used to perform monologues in various locations around Chicago.

Please join David and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Tony Romano

            

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Tony Romano is the author of the novel, Where My Body Ends and the World Begins (Allium Press), When the World Was Young (HarperCollins) and the story collection, If You Eat, You Never Die (HarperCollins). He is also the coauthor of Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice and coauthor or the text, Psychology and You. He was recently named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association for Teachers of English (IATE) and was honored with a Norman Mailer award. One of his story collections was a finalist in AWP's annual contest. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award. Both stories were produced on National Public Radio's The Sound of Writing series and syndicated to newspapers nationwide. He lives near Chicago and writes about books, music, work, and family on his blog at tonyromanoauthor.com.

Please join Tony and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Sahar Mustafah

            

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Sahar Mustafah is author of Code of the West, an award-winning short story collection. Her stories have earned a Distinguished Story citation from Best American Short Stories 2016 and two Pushcart Prize nominations, among other honors. She has served with Voices of Protest, an artist collaboration begun by Chicago's Guild Literary Complex, which seeks to promote the work of exiled writers and artists worldwide through the International Cities of Refuge Network. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Mustafah is drawn to stories of the silenced and invisible. She has taught wonderfully misunderstood teenagers in Illinois for over twenty years and is co-founder of Bird's Thumb, an online literary magazine.

Please join Sahar and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday Funk #114: March 6, 2018

            

Spring comes slowly to Chicago, but it'll be warm and welcoming at the 114th episode of Tuesday Funk! Plus, there's beer!

Join us in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for another edition of Chicago's favorite eclectic monthly reading series, where we'll feature Tony Romano, Ruben Quesada, Sahar Mustafah, David Daskal and Billy Lombardo!

As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 to attend. Doors open at 7pm sharp (don't dawdle if you want a seat!) and the show will start at 7:30pm. Please RSVP on Facebook -- and if you haven't yet, like our page so you get our announcements right in your stream.

Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

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February 2018 Recap

            

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Boy, if you weren't at Hopleaf for Tuesday Funk last week, you missed a great one. On the other hand, it was so packed, you might not have found a seat. Molly Rafferty led things off with a story of fuzzy feelings at a high school party. Next Rachel Hinton read poetry about cancer and plastic, and Molly Dumbleton shared an excerpt of a short story about a woman returning to her home town to clean out her dad's house and running into old friends.

We took a break to refill our glasses, then cohost Andrew Huff read a couple of his topical haiku and Lindsay Porter told a story about how childhood friends change over the years — or don't. Finally, Dave Reidy told the story of his grandfather's greatest triumph.

We'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, March 6 for another edition of Chicago's favorite eclectic monthly reading series, featuring Tony Romano, Ruben Quesada, Sahar Mustafah, David Daskal and Billy Lombardo. Hope to see you there!

Andrew's Haiku for February

            

Cohost Andrew Huff read just a couple of haiku at the 113th edition of Tuesday Funk.

In February,
resolutions take root,
or fall in flurries.

It's so annoying
to be stood up by a friend.
Please be courteous.

Falcon Heavy flew
to space and back, carrying
Tesla branded junk.

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #113 is tonight!

            

February feels like the longest month, so let's make our own fun! Come to Tuesday Funk tonight for some great readings by Molly Rafferty, Rachel Hinton, Molly Dumbleton, Lindsay Porter and Dave Reidy! Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will, once again, be your spiritual guides for the evening.

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 up from the restaurant. See you there!

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Meet Our Readers: Lindsay Porter

            

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Lindsay Porter teaches acting and creative writing in hospitals, elementary schools, high schools and colleges, and at the Lake County Jail. She has written plays that have been produced by Running with Scissors, Chicago Dramatists, Trap Door and Collaboraction Theatre in Chicago and by Live Girls in Seattle and Riverside Theatre in Iowa. She has told stories with Loose Chicks, Upright Citizens Brigade, Story Sessions, Miss Spoken, Tellin' Tales, TenX, and True Story. She recently ventured into the world of stand-up comedy and is searching for an open mic that will allow her to maintain her 9 o'clock bedtime. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

Please join Lindsay and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

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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 6, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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