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.

Meet Our Readers: Leland Cheuk


leland.jpgLeland Cheuk is the author of the novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). The book was an Amazon National Bestseller in Asian-American Literature, a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and a semi-finalist for the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. Cheuk has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn.

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

Tuesday Funk #95 - July 5, 2016


Your favorite eclectic monthly reading series, Tuesday Funk returns the day after Independence Day, July 5! Join us in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf for readings by Leland Cheuk, Hannah Gamble, Maggie Jenkins, Kendra Stevens and Scott Smith! Andrew Huff and Eden Robins are your faithful co-hosts, and Sal will be behind the bar to serve you a tasty beverage or two.

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 some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please RSVP on Facebook, and bring a friend. And become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. Oh, and we're now on Instagram! Follow us for realtime photos of the readers!

Tuesday Funk for July 5, 2016

June Debriefing


Rana Khoury reads at Tuesday FunkJune's edition of Tuesday Funk was a lively one. Cohost Eden Robins led us off with a bit of Ke$ha fan fiction, followed by post-apocalyptic poetry by Sara Krueger. Cohost Andrew Huff read some topical haiku before handing the mic over to Parker Molloy, who read an essay about the challenges facing transgender teens and how much they outweigh the fantasies of restroom menace imagined by conservative congressmen.

Then we took a break to let Sal refresh our drinks and discuss what we've heard.

Rana Khoury kept the more serious mood going with an excerpt from her book As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, describing the decline of manufacturing in the Buckeye State. Norman Doucet closed us out with a personal essay on how Americans have allowed politics to divide us.

We'll be back on Tuesday, July 5 -- yep, the day after Independence Day -- with guests Leland Cheuk, Hannah Gamble, Scott Smith and the cohosts of monthly reading series Serving the Sentence, Maggie Jenkins and Kendra Stevens. Come celebrate freedom with us!


Hey! You should celebrate this amazing weather by sitting inside and listening to some amazing live lit! Tonight we've got Sara Krueger, Rana Khoury, Parker Molloy, Norman Doucet and co-host Eden Robins, co-hosted by your other faithful co-host Andrew Huff!

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: Eden Robins


Eden_pic.jpgEden Robins is primarily your co-host, but this month she is also one of your readers! Forgive the bland and perfunctory bio, she is getting married four days after Tuesday Funk and has very little brain left.

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

Meet Our Readers: Norman Doucet


Norm Chicago 2.jpgNorman Doucet hails from the den of the southern rebellion, Charleston, South Carolina. Influenced by the duality that exists there, he made some interesting decisions, starting with attending the college--founded after a slave revolt--which also has the dubious distinction of producing the two cadets who fired the first shots of the Civil War. An English major as an undergrad, Norm decided to join the Marine Corps. He spent almost a decade there, earning his MA in English literature in the process. He loves telling stories, especially stories about those seminal moments that explain the duality that exists in most people.

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

Meet Our Readers: Parker Molloy


12552789_499073010265570_3257116137820732862_n.jpgParker Molloy is a writer at Upworthy.com, where she writes about trending stories, culture, LGBT issues, politics, and more. Her work has also appeared at the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Glamour, and Playboy.com, among other outlets. She lives just a few blocks from here with her dog and her fiancee, and she's looking forward to hopping right into bed and falling asleep as soon as this is over.

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

Meet Our Readers: Rana B. Khoury


rana.jpgRana B. Khoury is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Northwestern University. She earned an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from American University. She has received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown, and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the Council for American Overseas Research Centers, and the Buffett Institute. Rana has lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio--where she conducted the research for her book--is the place she calls home.

Please join Rana and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, June 7, 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 July 5, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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