Tuesday Funk : May 2017

Meet Our Readers: Juan Martinez


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Juan Martinez was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago. He's an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work and has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, and elsewhere. Small Beer Press released Best Worst American, his story collection, in February 2017. Visit and say hi at fulmerford.com.

Please join Juan and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 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.

May Haiku by Andrew


Only two haiku this month, due to Andrew's busy schedule at the end of April.

Civic engagement:
People talking in a gym
about libraries.

Sometimes, lost in thought,
I pause after exhaling
and forget to breathe.

Tuesday Funk #106: June 6, 2017


Tuesday Funk, Chicago's favorite eclectic reading series, returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf in Andersonville for its 106th episode! We know* the weather will be beautiful, so we've lined up Lori Rader-Day, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Scott Whitehair, Juan Martinez and Elizabeth Gomez to draw you back inside! If that doesn't entice you to join us on Tuesday, June 6, we're not sure you're all that interested in good live lit.

As always, doors open at 7 pm (no earlier, but arrive as close to 7 as possible or risk not getting a table) and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Please RSVP on Facebook -- and while you're there, like our page so you get our announcements right in your stream. Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

*We hope.

Tuesdy Funk #106 June 6, 2017

May 2017 Debriefing


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The weather outside was not very May-like, but Tuesday Funk warmed the upstairs lounge at the Hopleaf with stories both funny and serious -- and sometimes both simultaneously.

Mikki Kendall started us off by reading a portion of a new urban fantasy set in an ominous version of Chicago, and invited the audience to suggest a title. Next Shanna Shrum told the story of a very bad day with her beloved dog. Cohost Andrew Huff read a couple of his patented seasonal haiku, then Mare Swallow described a bizarre "show piano" class she took recently, with the assistance of her friend Dan Epstein.

After a short break to refill our glasses, cohost Eden Robins read a micro essay, then Mary Anne Mohanraj shared a portion of a new piece of science fiction as well as a romantic poem. Finally, Anne Elizabeth Moore read an excerpt from her new book, Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogeny, Jokes.

We laughed, we cried, we vowed to do it all again on Tuesday, June 6, except with Lori Rader-Day, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Ihssan Tahir, Juan Martinez and Elizabeth Gomez! See you there!


Come celebrate awesomeness at Tuesday Funk tonight, spearheaded by our awesome readers Mikki Kendall, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Shanna Shrum (filling in for Alicia Swiz, who has had to postpone due to a family emergency) and Mare Swallow! Your humble co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will be humbly co-hosting.

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

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