Anne Holub thoroughly dismayed her parents by majoring in English and then following that degree up with an MA and an MFA in poetry. Her day job is pretty boring, but she has a not-so-secret second life as the music editor at Gapers Block (she apologizes for not coming to your band's last show). When she's not baking biscuits or ordering ham off the internet, she can be found on Twitter at @izatchu.
Scott Smith is a digital strategist and an analog opportunist. A child of the Chicago suburbs, he cites his years attending college in Ohio as his most formative, and his years since, living in Chicago's city proper, as his most enriching. In his spare time, Scott enjoys comic books, scotch and the oeuvre of The Faces. He lives on the South Side in Beverly with his wife and daughter. Follow his further exploits on Twitter at @ourmaninchicago.
Ryan DiGiorgi makes things for the internet. He spends most of his time trying to convince large companies to approve his robot jokes. He also writes fiction, edits comedy videos, and eats at Chipotle.
Jasmine Davila is pleased to return to the Hopleaf and Tuesday Funk. She has read in venues small and medium sized for Solo in the 2nd City, 20x2 Chicago, That's All She Wrote Chicago, and Miss Spoken.
Please feel free to follow her on Twitter at @jasmined, but only if you're into pictures of cute animals, dumb jokes, and gushy tweets about her latest celebrity crush.
Holly McDowell lived in Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina before discovering the magical city of Chicago. Now she can be spotted drinking glögg, searching for the world's best tapas bar, and writing in coffee shops all over the Windy City. Her current project is a digital series called King Solomon's Wives, a modern thriller about women alive today who descended from King Solomon's ancient harem. It's full of historical conspiracy and, well, harem sex. The series is interactive--meaning readers get to vote on the direction of the story. The first three episodes are available now, and episode four comes out .... very soon!
It may the day after Labor Day, but Tuesday Funk will be working hard for you! Join us for Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, this time featuring Jasmine Davila, Ryan DiGiorgi, Anne Holub, Scott Smith, and Holly McDowell. And yes, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will co-host.
The reading gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, promptly at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to secure a table, as the room fills up quickly. Grab a beer from Mark at the bar, and stick around afterward for dinner downstairs. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.
If you're wondering why this post took so long, it's because we literally had our minds blown by Tuesday Funk #72. And I mean literally literally. Okay, that's a lie. But still. It was an awesome show.
David Daskal set the pace with a nail-biter of a story about a man's last thoughts as he goes down in a fiery plane crash, followed by Christine Simokaitis, who read three interconnected short stories about dying and living and the patron saint of hypochondria. Co-host Andrew Huff took his topical haiku hyper-local by commenting on Mark the bartender's pasta dinner, and then we were all tickled by an excerpt from Leah Thomas's upcoming YA novel about a boy allergic to electricity and his penpal... who is electric.
We took a breather. We drank some drinks, thanks to Mark's swift, booze-pouring hands.
Co-host Eden Robins ranted about the Muppet Babies cartoon, and then Britt Julious had us all rapt as she talked about harassment, black female bodies, and self-confidence. And, finally, we rounded out the evening with Hannah Gamble's funny, bittersweet poems about women and sex and being vs. nothingness.
It was a doozy of a doozy. Doozies all the way down. We laughed, we cried, we bit our fingernails, we ate mussels cooked in Belgian beer. And we'll do it all again on September 2nd, with illustrious guests Scott Smith, Ryan DiGiorgi, Anne Holub, Jasmine Davila, and Holly McDowell.
Guys. GUYS. Words cannot describe how excited we are for this month's Tuesday Funk. So forget the words. Just be there.
Okay, we'll give you these words:
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!
Amelia Beamer's story about sexy zombie escapades brought the house down at Tuesday Funk #66, on Feb. 4 of this year.
If that sounded like your kind of party, the next edition of Tuesday Funk is this Tuesday, Aug. 5, and the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf will be nice and cool. Join us for readings by Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Christine Simokaitis, Britt Julious and Leah Thomas.
Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. Because You'll Never Meet Me, her debut YA novel about oddball penpals, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in Spring 2014. A graduate of Clarion 2010, more of her speculative fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Black Static, 3LBE, Pseudopod, and Ideomancer, among others. Tea is her lifeblood. When she's not huddled in cafes, she's usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. It's hard to be a dork, but she makes a good go of it.