Reading # 96 | Tuesday Funk
Reading # 96

Democratically Vetted Haiku


The parties' national conventions were on Andrew's mind as we got to the Aug. 2, 2016 edition of Tuesday Funk.

The Republican
National Convention
was all negative.

The Democratic
National Convention
presented some hope.

Belief in science
should not be controversial.
And yet here we are.

August Debriefing


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It's been a hot summer, but the August 2 edition of Tuesday Funk was very cool.

Connie Voisine led off with poems about life in New Mexico, followed by Vojislav Pejovic with an excerpt of his book about a fraudulent plastic surgeon on the run. Cohost Andrew Huff read a couple topical haiku (including a birthday wish to his long-suffering wife, whose birthday it was), and then Ines Bellina read an essay about how the roots of her family tree have entwined with politics.

After the intermission, cohost Eden Robins read a micro-essay, and Angel Simmons told the story of a near-death experience she had crossing the street. Ryan Bartelmay closed out the show with a bittersweet short story about a group of teenagers looking for "a good time."

We'll be back twice in the next few weeks: We'll be part of Lit Crawl Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 18 with Rosamund Lannin, James Gordon, Steve Bellinger and Jasmine Davila, and then back to our regular schedule with Virginia Bell, Fred Sasaki, Ryan DiGiorgi, Gina DeLuca and KB Jensen on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Hope to see you there!


Join us tonight for the likes of Ryan Bartelmay, Ines Bellina, Vojislav Pejovic, Angel Simmons, and Connie Voisine... and of course, your faithful co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins!

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: Angel Simmons


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Angel Simmons is a Chicago south-sider who was raised in Englewood. She has a BA from Columbia College and does it all as a speaker, mentor, coach, runway and print model, president and CEO of The Message, Inc., and the current Ms. Worldwide Illinois Ambassador for the Live Out Loud Charity. She has been featured in books, magazines, the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, in Christian music, and as a guest on both radio and television. Angel is the author of Love's Great Design (also her blog), and columnist for both Fabulous & Money Savvy and She Can magazine. She is the co-host of Do Not Submit: Englewood and has graced some of the city's finest storytelling stages for Homewood Stories, Is This a Thing?, Loose Chicks, Miss Spoken, The Frunchroom, This Much Is True! and Story Club South Side.

Please join Angel 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: Vojislav Pejovic


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Vojislav Pejovic (1972, Montenegro, former Yugoslavia) is a neurobiologist by training. His second book, American Sfumato (a novella in nine stories), was published in Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia and is being considered for the Mesa Selimovic Prize, the most prestigious annual award for a novel published in Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The book was also a bilingual project, with four stories appearing (or about to appear) in US literary journals. He also wrote a few movie scripts and published translations of Charles Simic's poetry. Vojislav lives in Evanston, IL, with his wife and their two sons.

Please join Vojislav 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: Ryan Bartelmay


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Ryan 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

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


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Ines 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


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Connie 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

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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, 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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