Reading # 81 | Tuesday Funk
Reading # 81

Cinco de Haiku


At the May 5 edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host Andrew Huff read six topical haiku.

It snows in April.
You have lived here long enough,
you should know by now.

Still, it would be nice
if flowers and fruit tree buds
were safe from freezing.

Frost advisories
make for depressing haiku
-- cherry blossoms weep.

Get yourself a
Five Rabbit Five Lizard for
Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo
is also the Fifth of May.
Habla Espagnol.

Leonard Nimoy died.
So may the Fourth be with you
beyond Thunderdome.

May Debriefing


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We may not have had margaritas, but we had great writers, and isn't that really what Cinco de Mayo is all about? Maggie Kast started off the night with an essay about making fudge and an excerpt from her newest novel. Jenny Drai followed it up with passages from her humorous novella about relationships and death. Co-host Andrew Huff read a few seasonally-themed haiku, and then Jack Silverstein wrapped up the half with a love/hate letter about living in Chicago.

Cameron plied us all with cervezas, and then we were refreshed for the second half.

Melissa Franic read part of her memoir about family, memory, and Croatia, and then Wesley Chu finished strong with a scene from his new novel, the sequel to Time Salvagers.

Did you miss it? Don't worry! We'll be back at it next month on June 2nd - same time, same place - with readers Emily Nordling, Hannah Gamble, Christa Desir, Mary Lorenz, and Kirsten Jensen!


Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo the traditional way - with some awesome writers! Join Wesley Chu, Jenny Drai, Melissa Franic, Maggie Kast, and Jack Silverstein PLUS your faithful co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, for some sweet cerveza and literatura action!

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: Jenny Drai


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Jenny Drai is the author of Letters to Quince (winner of the Deerbird Novella Prize from Artistically Declined Press), and two poetry chapbooks: The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow (Black Lawrence Press) and :Body Wolf: (Horse Less Press). In addition, three full-length collections of poetry are forthcoming: [ the door ] (Trembling Pillow Press) and Wine Dark and The History Worker (both from Black Lawrence Press). Her poetry has been recently published in or is forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Dusie, Handsome, New American Writing, and the Volta. She grew up in Brookfield, where the zoo is, but currently lives in Bonn, Germany. She has worked every odd job imaginable.

Please join Jenny and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jack Silverstein


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Jack M Silverstein is a staff writer for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He enjoys meeting new people, so start a conversation with him @readjack.

Please join Jack and all our great readers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Melissa Franic


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Melissa Franic is a writer and educator born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago to an Italian-American mother and a Yugoslavian-born father. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. Melissa currently works in academic administration (which is as boring as it sounds but pays the bills). She also teaches writing workshops throughout the Chicago area, most recently The Writer's Playground as part of The Elgin Literary Festival. She previously worked as a professional journalist at various suburban Chicago newspapers, including The West Chicago Press and The Naperville Sun. Her creative work has appeared in The Pitkin Review, where she also held the positions of Associate Editor and Critical Commentary Editor. She is married to the writer Jeff Pizek.

Please join Melissa and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Kast


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Maggie Kast is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer's memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. Her first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, is forthcoming from Fomite Press in autumn 2015. "The Hate that Chills," a story excerpted from the novel, won third prize in the Hackney Literary Contests. Maggie received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud, Paper Street and others. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and a Pushcart nomination. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer's Chronicle and elsewhere. The spring issue of Cook's Gazette will have excerpts from her essay, "Sugar, Sex and the Andalusian Cadence," along with a recipe for coffee fudge.

Please join Maggie and all our prolific readers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Wesley Chu


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Wesley Chu is the author of five novels and a 2015 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Alex Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction. His next series, Time Salvager, published by Tor books, is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2015. He hates long walks in the park and is terrified of heights.

Please join Wes and all our phobic readers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #81: May 5, 2015


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some live lit at Tuesday Funk! Your favorite eclectic monthly reading series returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, with guests Wesley Chu, Jenny Drai, Melissa Franic, Maggie Kast and Jack Silverstein! Plus, our bartender extraordinaire Mark is lining up a special Cinco de Mayo beer for us.

Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, alas, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

RSVP right here and bring a friend. Don't forget to become a fan on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you May 5!

Tuesday Funk for May 5, 2015

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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, April 7 T.B.A., 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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