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Wow, what an unbelievable turnout for our 100th birthday! The World Series Champion Chicago Cubs (still love saying that) would be green with envy. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we asked all five former co-hosts to return to the stage and delight us with their wit and prose. Connor Coyne started off the evening with a history of Tuesday Funk and an excerpt from a book he described as Les Miserables in Flint, Michigan. Hallie Paladino followed with a funny, cringe-worthy, and heartfelt story of her adolescence in an East Coast prep school. Co-host Andrew Huff read his signature haiku (ripped from the headlines!), and Reinhardt Suarez read a series of short-shorts before serenading us with an original song seeking to understand who IS Alex Trebek?

We all returned our gaping maws to their proper position, and drank some beer, courtesy of Sal behind the bar.

Co-host Eden Robins read a micro-essay about the nature of truth, and then Sara Ross Witt charmed us in the second half with an excerpt from her YA novel about a young witch, and William Shunn finished off the night with an excerpt from his first published short story (from 25 years ago) that chilled us with its uncanny political prescience.

It was quite an event, and if you weren't there, you wish you were. And you can be! Join us on Tuesday, January 3 for another excellent show, featuring James Gordon (aka G.P.A.), Dmitry Samarov, Cameron McGill, Amy Sumpter, and Kelly Swails!



Andrew Huff, Host of Tuesday Funk
Andrew Huff is editor and publisher of Gapers Block, a Chicago-centric news and events webzine he co-founded in 2003. A serial early adopter, Huff created his first webpage in 1996; launched his personal blog,, in 2001; and joined both Flickr and Twitter in their infancies. In addition to Gapers Block, he has also worked for several years as a professional blogger for corporate clients such as American Express, Kenneth Cole, A&E, and Starwood Hotels, and is a sought-after consultant on content-oriented web projects.

He holds a journalism degree from The Ohio State University and a certificate in medical writing and editing from the University of Chicago, and spent 10 years in public relations, working primarily with clients in the healthcare and biotech industries. He has taught in the journalism departments at Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College, and is a frequent speaker at SXSW Interactive and other conferences. In 2009 he was named to the Crain's Chicago Business's "40 Under 40" list.

Andrew lives on the far North Side of Chicago with his wife Cinnamon Cooper and three cats, and has co-hosted Tuesday Funk since April 2013.

Eden Robins
Eden Robins is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared (or will!) in venues such as Apex Magazine, Shimmer, Kaleidotrope, and Farrago's Wainscot, and she was the founding editor of the now-defunct online magazine Brain Harvest (RIP). She also writes novels -- most recently a weird Western. Eden has a chronic traveling problem, and circumnavigated the globe for eight months in 2012, where she took all of these photos.

In the past, Eden taught Chicago's youth about ecology, played Russian roulette with her bank account via a racket called "freelancing," and doled out dildos and humane sex education for the amazing feminist sex toy store Early to Bed. She currently works with the excellent creative folks at Jellyvision, where she creates choose-your-own-adventure-style Flash and HTML5 experiences that talk to you about health insurance.

Eden lives on the north side of Chicago with her partner Kyle Thiessen - the genius behind Fake Month at the Museum, cartoonist, and PowerPoint guru extraordinaire. Eden is maybe the only writer on the planet who hates cats. She has co-hosted Tuesday Funk since January 2014.

Hosts Emeritus

Tuesday Funk founder Connor Coyne is a writer living and working in Flint, Michigan. He has written three novels: Urbantasm, a serial novel, Hungry Rats, and Shattering Glass, as well as Atlas, a collection of short stories. His essay "Bathtime" is included in the Picador anthology Voices from the Rust Belt. Connor's work has been published in Vox, Belt Magazine, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere.

Connor is on the planning committee for the Flint Literary Festival and represented Flint's 7th Ward for the 2013 NEA Our Town grant. Connor lives with his family in Flint's East Village, less than a mile from the house where he grew up. You can find him at and

Reinhardt Suarez would have you know that it was like that when he got here. He is a writer/​editor/​musician/​teaching-artist who resides in Minneapolis with his partner, poet Kristin Fitzsimmons, and their feline overlord, Karl. Originally from Chicago, he went to Loyola University, where he earned his degree in English & Creative Writing. Then he figured what the hell and got into the MFA Writing program at The New School in New York City, where he gleaned much knowledge both from and in spite of his professors and colleagues. Currently, he teaches about video games and writing at The Loft Literary Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Reinhardt is an original co-founder of Tuesday Funk. He is the author of The Green Ray of the Sun, a young adult novel with an original music album composed by Wes Alexander. He also co-authored a story with Angela Veronica Wong, illustrated by Christine Norrie, for Secret Identities Vol. 2: Shattered, an Asian-American graphic novel anthology.

Hallie Palladino is an essayist, a dramatist, and an original co-founder of Tuesday Funk. In 2008 Connor Coyne enlisted her along with Reinhart Suarez to produce a reading series as part of his Gothic Funk Nation arts collective. Hallie's plays include Infatuation, which was workshopped by the Dandelion Theater, Missed Connections, and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach. Her essay "Gather the Stars" appeared in The Point, and her essay "Tending Imaginary Sheep" will appeared in Thread.

Sara Ross Witt is a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing program. Her writing has appeared in Arch City Chronicle, Parent to Parent, Black Market Lit, and Best of Ohio Short Stories Volumes 1 and 2. Sara grew up in Westerville, Ohio, the headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League. She summered off Lake Erie in Vermilion and was once lost at Lake Hope State Park during a thunderstorm at night. Her party—a group including her mother, brother, and a psychic—nearly fell into the lake until they were rescued by deer hunters. She often writes about Ohio, magic, and family. She lives Chicago's Budlong Woods neighborhood with her husband and their two sons. And she loves whiskey.

Sara co-hosted Tuesday Funk until March 2013.

William Shunn, Host of Tuesday Funk
William Shunn is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. His more than three dozen works of short fiction have appeared in such places as Salon, Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Storyteller, Newtown Literary, Bloodstone Review, and various anthologies. His novella Inclination was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards in 2007. He is also the author, with Derryl Murphy, of Cast a Cold Eye, and of the chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century. On occasion he writes as Perry Slaughter. Several of his works, short and long, are available as ebooks.

Bill has worked as a computer programmer for nearly thirty years, most notably for WordPerfect Corporation and Sesame Workshop. In the early days of the web, he helped produce live online concert broadcasts for artists like The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe. He was senior developer for BenefitsCheckUp, a service of the National Council on Aging, for six years, and served three years as a national judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. On September 11, 2001, he created the first online "survivor registry," where New Yorkers without phone service could post a note telling friends and loved ones they were okay.

A former resident of the Bowmanville neighborhood, Bill now lives in New York City, where he hosted the Line Break reading series at Q.E.D. for three years. He co-hosted Tuesday Funk from October 2010 through December 2013.

Tuesday Funk #43: March 6th


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Find balance at our 43rd prime edition of Tuesday Funk, where we'll feature readings from John Everson, Robyn Pennacchia, Maggie Kast, Joe Weintraub, and our former Funk host Hallie Gordon Palladino! 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 Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Johnny 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 afterward 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. See you there!



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Tuesday Funk is Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, bringing you a variety of fiction, poetry, essays, and other works, in all genres, read live by the authors. Our readings take place at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tuesday Funk is always free to attend, but only those 21 and over can be admitted.

Every episode of Tuesday Funk includes five readers, plus such regular features as our Haiku by Andrew. Personal essays, science fiction, verse—like your favorite magazine, you never know quite what you might get, but you know it'll always be interesting. Intermission gives audience members a chance to grab one of dozens of varieties of international beers, though our bartender will remain available to serve you throughout the reading. Start to finish, the program will last between 90 minutes and two hours.

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If you'd like to eat in Hopleaf's dining room before the show, leave yourself plenty of time, since your food can't be brought into the upstairs lounge during the show.

Tuesday Funk was founded in 2008 by Connor Coyne as the official reading series of Gothic Funk Nation. Past hosts include Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Gordon Palladino, Sara Ross Witt, and William Shunn. Our current hosts are Andrew Huff (since April 2013) and Eden Robins (since January 2014).

Hopleaf Bar is located at 5148 N. Clark St., just a few doors south of Foster. It is easily reached by public transportation and taxicabs are usually plentiful. Metered street parking is available. Meters run daily until 9pm.

By train: The Berwyn stop of the CTA's Red Line is an easy 6-block walk (stroll through the Lakewood-Balmoral historical district) or transfer to the #92 Foster bus when you get out of the station.

By bus: #92 Foster; #22 Clark (bus stops right across the street).

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Tuesday Funk #10


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Tuesday Funk #10

Please join us for the next reading on Tuesday, February 3rd:

LYNN SUH: Born in Cambridge (MA), and raised in Paris, Chicago, and Seoul (Korea), Lynn has been a bit of a vagabond with few constants in life - his parents, his violin, and his habit of talking to himself. His poetry reflects his personal reflections on human foibles, aspirations, and dignity, and shows his love of literature, music, and nature. His poetry primarily draws inspiration from Czeslaw Milosz and Rainer Rilke. He holds a bachelors degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a masters degree from the University of Chicago. Presently, he is working both as a part-time tutor and freelance musician, and is hoping to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy.

JONATHAN WILLIAMS hails from the sleepy state capital of Tallahassee, which he fled to pursue Statistics at the University of Chicago. There he first ran across the Gothic Funk crowd, as well as the U of C Scavenger Hunt. First a participant and later a judge, he still helps out with the Hunt despite having collected two degrees and so losing any further pretense for hanging around campus. His interests include origami, the intelligence community, and forgetting grad school.

HALLIE GORDON is the author of several plays including Imaginary Nostalgia, Trick of the Light and Dry Lightning. She is currently working on a first novel titled Dreaming of Heaven. Hallie is proud to be one of the organizers of Tuesday Funk.

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LUKE ANDERSON was one of the founding members of the Writers Workspace in Andersonville/Edgewater. He has been a rodman, a mailman, a high school teacher, a translator, a content development project manager, a barista, and an editor. He is currently a husband and father. Someday, he would like to add 'published fiction writer' to the list.

J-L DEHER-LESAINT was born and raised in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) and moved to the United States in 1995 where he earned degrees from Harold Washington College, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Virginia. His most recent publications include feature-length interviews with Edmund White and Edward P. Jones. He is an English professor at Harold Washington College.

HALLIE GORDON divides her time between Chicago and London where she is a graduate student in Creative Writing at Brunel University. She is the author of several plays including Imaginary Nostalgia, Trick of the Light and Dry Lightning. She is currently working on a first novel titled Dreaming of Heaven. Hallie is proud to be one of the organizers of Tuesday Funk.

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

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