Meet Our Readers: Ryan Bartelmay


bartelmay.jpgRyan Bartelmay graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998, where he was a member of the Undergraduate Writer's Workshop, and then went on to Columbia University to receive an MFA in fiction writing in 2005. His debut novel, Onward Toward What We're Going Toward, was released in August 2013 by IG Publishing.

His short fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, Opium, Phoebe: A Journal of Arts and Letters, and Sweet Fancy Moses. Ryan has published non-fiction and other miscellanea in The Believer, Time Out: Chicago, Gadfly, and more. He is the Dean of General Education at Kendall College in Chicago and has been a member of the Gotham Writers' Workshop faculty since 2005. You can find him online at ryanbartelmay.com.

He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Please join Ryan and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Ines Bellina


Bellina17-1R.jpegInes Bellina is a writer, translator and performer. She is the co-founder of the monthly Live Lit show, Is This a Thing? and has read at Story Club, Serving the Sentence, 20X2, The Marrow, Miss Spoken, Essay Fiesta, and other events around town including the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Ines is also one of the hosts of XX,Will Travel, a podcast geared towards independent women travelers. When she's not over scheduling herself or working on a YA novel, she sings love songs to her bulldog, Charlie.

Please join Ines and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Connie Voisine


connie-voisine.jpgConnie Voisine lives in New Mexico where she teaches during the school year and Chicago in the summers. She has had poems published in The New Yorker, Poetry and other magazines. Her recent book is Calle Florista.

Please join Connie and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #96 -- Aug. 2, 2016


Tuesday Funk, your favorite eclectic monthly reading series, is back Aug. 2 -- and we're now sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books! Join us in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf for readings by Ryan Bartelmay, Ines Bellina, Vojislav Pejovic, Angel Simmons and Connie Voisine! Andrew Huff and Eden Robins are your co-hosts as ever, and Sal will be behind the bar to serve you a tasty adult beverage.

Doors open at 7pm -- no earlier, please! -- and the show starts at 7:30 sharp. So get there early to grab a seat, but not overly early. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for dinner or snacks downstairs.

Please RSVP on Facebook, and bring a friend. And don't forget to become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings.

Tuesday Funk for Aug. 2, 2016

July Debriefing


hannahgamble-07052016.jpgComing off the holiday weekend, Tuesday Funk was the perfect way to ease back into the real world -- especially since the beer was cold and the Hopleaf's air conditioning was working.

Maggie Jenkins got us started with a story about becoming a karaoke hero in enemy territory. Leland Cheuk read an excerpt from his novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, after which Scott Smith delivered a powerful essay on the broad brush the South Side is often painted with. To wit: "Myths are stories we tell ourselves to explain things that seem far away. Things that we don't understand. And for a lot of people, the South Side is a myth."

After the intermission, cohost Andrew Huff shared his patented topical haiku, and Hannah Gamble echoed Scott with an essay on race, bias and revolution, as well as a second essay -- disguised as a poem -- about the treatment of women in film and its relationship to sexuality. Kendra Stevens Closed out the night with a story about how fixing her teeth revealed self-consciousness she didn't realize she had.

Miss the show? You can watch the readers on our YouTube channel, along with videos of past shows.

We'll be back on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with guests Ryan Bartelmay, Ines Bellina, Vojislav Pejovic, Angel Simmons and Connie Voisine. Hope to see you there!


Come celebrate your Independence Day hangover with your pals at Tuesday Funk! Tonight we've got Leland Cheuk, Hannah Gamble, Maggie Jenkins, Scott Smith, and Kendra Stevens! Plus your faithful co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, naturally.

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: Maggie Jenkins


jenkins100.jpegMaggie Jenkins is a comic, writer, runner and rapper. She has been a featured performer at Story Club, Essay Fiesta, Write Club, the kates and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, among many others. She's a member of Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute, She's Crafty. Find out more at maggiekay.org.

Please join Maggie and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith


me_twitter.jpgScott Smith is a digital strategist and an analog opportunist. A child of the Chicago suburbs, he cites his years attending college in Ohio as his most formative, and his years since, living in Chicago's city proper, as his most enriching. In his spare time, Scott enjoys comic books, scotch and the oeuvre of The Faces. He lives on the South Side in Morgan Park with his wife and daughter where he hosts and produces the live lit show The Frunchroom, featuring stories of, by and about the South Side.. Follow his further exploits on Twitter at @ourmaninchicago.

Please join Scott and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Kendra Stevens


bulls headshot.jpgKendra Stevens is a Chicago-based writer, Live Lit performer, comic, rapper and obsessed pet owner. She is a co-producer of the monthly show, Serving the Sentence, is an original member of the kates, a Write Club victor, and has also been featured at Story Club, Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions and Guts and Glory (RIP), among others. She is also one-fourth of Chicago's All-Female Beastie Boys Tribute, She's Crafty, spitting rhymes as Ken D.

Please join Kendra and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Hannah Gamble


authorpic.jpgHannah Gamble is the 2015 winner of the Neil Postman award for metaphor from Rattle magazine. She will be giving talks this summer at the Chicago Art Institute and the 2015 Printer's Ball, and will have new poems out in Pleiades in a couple months. Follow her on twitter @hannah_gamble and on Instagram @wrath_hats.

Please join Hannah and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. 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 mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on August 2, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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