Tuesday Funk : Hosts

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, me3dia.com, 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

  • Connor Coyne (founder)
  • Reinhardt Suarez
  • Hallie Gordon Palladino
  • Sara Ross Witt

    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.

    Bill has worked as a computer programmer for more than twenty 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 with his wife Laura Chavoen and Ella, their soft-coated wheaten terrier, in Astoria, Queens, where he hosts the Line Break reading series at Q.E.D. He co-hosted Tuesday Funk from October 2010 through December 2013.

  • 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, September 5, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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