Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and will include readings from Tony Breed, Tiffany Gholar, Kate Harding, Andrew Huff, and Edward Moses. 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.

October 2018 Debrief

          

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Autumn began its blustery descent on Chicago in October, but we were warm and cozy in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for Tuesday Funk on Oct. 6. The evening started with a selection of poems by Dipika Mukherjee. Next, Henri Harps shared a portion of a short story about a music teacher and a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. Then Jenny Hatchadorian read a funny story about a girl dealing with delayed puberty while at camp.

We took a break to refill our glasses, and then cohost Andrew Huff read a couple of his topical haiku to get us back in the mood. Hannah Gamble then shared a couple of poems and a short essay, and Angel Simmons closed out the show with a mental walking tour of her Englewood neighborhood.

Join us on Tuesday, November 6 for the next edition of Tuesday Funk, featuring Lily Be, Chelsea Fiddyment, Alec Nevala-Lee, Tom Haley and Britt Julious. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday Funk #121 is tonight!

          

Ring in October with this stellar lineup: Angel Simmons, Dipika Mukherjee, Hannah Gamble, Henri Harps, and Jenny Hatchadorian! Co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will also be there, probably making bad puns.

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 in from the restaurant. See you there!

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Meet Our Readers: Hannah Gamble

          

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Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, editor, performer,and educator. Her first book, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. In 2014 she received a Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. You can find her writing on the Poetry Foundation website, and in magazines such as The Believer, jubilat, Fanzine, and the American Poetry Review.

Please join Hannah and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, October 2, 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. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Henri Harps

          

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Henri Harps is a guitarist, writer, and jazz fanatic born in DC and bred in New York City. He is based now in Chicago along with his wife, baby on the way, large geriatric dog and continually expanding array of music instruments.

Please join Henri and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, October 2, 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. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Jenny Hatchadorian

          

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Jenny Hatchadorian was an award-winning filmmaker and an academic before turning to comedic essays. Her work can be found at Story Club Magazine and on the podcast Everything Good. She's read essays at The Line Break Series, Story Club Chicago, The Rialto, The Cottonwood Gallery and Story Club Cleveland, where her essay "New Family" won the audience award. She is working on a book of essays. Her award-winning film 'Present Company Excluded' is on Amazon Prime. Follow her on Instagram @jennyhatchadorian.

Please join Jenny and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, October 2, 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. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Dipika Mukherjee

          

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Dipika Mukherjee is an internationally touring writer, sociolinguist, and global nomad. She is the author of Shambala Junction (Aurora Metro, 2016), which won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction, and Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016), which was longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize. Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) is her short story collection. Her poetry collection includes The Third Glass of Wine (Writer's Workshop, 2015), and her chapbook The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She lives in Chicago but trawls the world for fabulous stories and smelly food (the durian is a favorite). More at dipikamukherjee.com.

Please join Dipika and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, October 2, 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. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Angel Simmons

          

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Angel Simmons is a multitalented artist from Chicago's Southside. She is an actress, speaker, coach, print and runway model, storyteller, author and blogger of "Love's Great Design", president of The Message, Inc., and the current "Ultimate Ms. Worldwide USA Ambassador" for the Live Out Loud Charity. Angel serves on the Board for the Karitos Christian Arts Association and the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Network. She has been featured in books, magazines, the Chicago Tribune, NBC 5 News, Crain's Chicago Business Week, Christian music, and as a guest on radio and television. She has appeared in 8 films, 14 television shows, commercials and educational training videos. Angel is the lead actress in The REECH Project's "My Last Party" Stage Production. She is the co-host of "Do Not Submit Storytelling Open Mic" in Englewood, and producer of the "Verses, Vibes & Visions" Live Lit Series.

Please join Angel and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, October 2, 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. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Lit Crawl 2018 Debrief

          

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Thanks to everyone who made it out for Tuesday Funk's special Lit Crawl Chicago episode! Sandwiched in between Junior Varsity and The Skewer in our usual room at Hopleaf, we did an abbreviated show on a lovely Saturday evening.

Annabel Lang got us started with a funny, bittersweet story about being "the only dyke in the wedding party." Next, Jan English Leary read two short pieces of fiction from her collection Skating on the Vertical. Then Kimberly Dixon-Mays shared a selection of poems, and Gina DeLuca closed out the show with a hilarious character sketch of a woman looking forward to celebrating her honeymoon taking Instagram photos in Paris.

If you missed it, don't worry, we'll have video up on our YouTube channel soon. And you'll have another chance to join us at Tuesday Funk very soon! We'll be back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for readings by Jenny Hatchadorian, Henri Harps, Dipika Mukherjee, Angel Simmons and Hannah Gamble. Hope to see you there!

Meet Our Readers: Kimberly Dixon-Mays

          

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Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a poet, playwright and performer. A Cave Canem, Callaloo and Ragdale fellow, her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including Reverie, Trigger Warning, Rhino and Consequence. She also released her first poetry collection, SenseMemory, with Blue Pantry Publishers and has developed a second collection More Than a Notion: Reflections on (Black) Marriage. As a playwright, she has received readings and staged productions with organizations including Chicago Dramatists, Crossroads Theatre Company, and Plowshares Theatre Company. She was a recurring performer with the Guild Literary Complex's collaborative poetry/theater project Poetry Performance Incubator led by director Coya Paz, co-creating and appearing in its original works Tour Guides and Like Bread. She is currently a member of the Chicago Poetry Center and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble's project Body Passages and is also a 2018-19 Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow.

Please join Kimberly and all our amazing readers on Saturday, September 22, upstairs at Hopleaf at 5:00 pm as part of Lit Crawl Chicago. Remember to RSVP on Facebook! This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Annabel Lang

          

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Annabel Lang is a writer living in Chicago by way of the Carolinas. She is the co-founder and co-curator of Junior Varsity, a public workshop and variety show. She also has also participates and leads writing workshops through Wasted Pages, the workshop series formerly housed at CHI-PRC. As a performer, she has been featured around Chicago, most notably at the Neo-Futurist Theater. She has essays featured or forthcoming in Jet Fuel Review, American Chordata, and Cosmonauts Avenue. In all likelihood, if you are from Chicago, she has either served your coffee or sold you a book sometime in the last four years.

Please join Annabel and all our amazing readers on Saturday, September 22, upstairs at Hopleaf at 5:00 pm as part of Lit Crawl Chicago. Remember to RSVP on Facebook! This 21-and-older event is free.

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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, September 3, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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