Reminder: Tuesday Funk #100 is tonight!


Come celebrate our 100th birthday with a special lineup of 100% former co-hosts! Connor Coyne, Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Palladino, Sara Ross Witt, and William Shunn will all be gracing our stage this fine evening.

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: William Shunn


shunn-jokercolors.jpgWilliam Shunn is a Hugo and Nebula Award nominated writer who has lived in every time zone in the continental United States. His memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, was shortlisted this year for the Association for Mormon Letters Award--despite the stance it takes on the LDS faith. His storytelling has been featured at the legendary Throckmorton Theater in California, at Up Comedy Club in Chicago, and at The PIT Main Stage in New York City. A former host of Tuesday Funk, he currently hosts and produces the quarterly Line Break reading series in Queens, which will become monthly starting in February. He regularly accepts monetary payments from a giant corporate interest. Visit him online at shunn.net or @shunn.

Please join William and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

Meet Our Readers: Connor Coyne


author photo.jpgConnor Coyne is a novelist living and working in Flint, Michigan. He has published two novels - Hungry Rats and Shattering Glass - as well as a short story collection entitled Atlas, and his work has been included on Vox.com, Beltmag, the Santa Clara Review and many others. He is the cofounder of the Gothic Funk Nation, director of Gothic Funk Press, and was a recipient of the 2013 Our Town Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. You can find him at connorcoyne.com.

Please join Connor and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

Meet Our Readers: Sara Ross Witt


SaraWitt.jpgSara Ross Witt is a former co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing program. Her writing has appeared in Arch City Chronicle, Parent to Parent, Black Market Lit, and Best of Ohio Short Stories volumes 1 and 2. Sara lives in Ravenswood with her husband Andrew Witt - bassist for the metal band Sea Lords - and their two sons. She often writes about Ohio, magic, and family, and she loves whiskey.

Please join Sara and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

Meet Our Readers: Reinhardt Suarez


Reinhardt.pngIn 2008, a crack commando unit embarked on a cockamamie plan to hold literary readings in somewhat questionable venues. One of these stalwart souls promptly (well, after two or so years) escaped from a maximum security stockade (an apartment with way too many coats of white paint) and fled into the Minneapolis underground. Today, still wanted by a number of municipal tax authorities, he survives as a soldier of fortune...cookies (but only when they contain real fortunes, not this "words of wisdom" bullshit). If you have a problem, if no one else can help, you're still better off looking elsewhere. But if you're really, really desperate, not overly concerned about quality, and if you can find him (he's usually the Asian dude in the room), maybe you can hire...Reinhardt Suarez.

Please join Reinhardt and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

Meet Our Readers: Hallie Paladino


Hallie.jpgHallie Palladino is an essayist, dramatist and an original founder of Tuesday Funk. In 2008 Connor Coyne enlisted her along with Reinhart Suarez to produce a reading series as part of his Gothic Funk Nation arts collective. Hallie's plays include Infatuation which was workshopped by the Dandelion Theater this fall, Missed Connections, and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach. Her essay "Gather the Stars" appears in The Point, and her essay "Tending Imaginary Sheep" will appear in Thread this coming year.

Please join Hallie and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

Tuesday Funk #100 -- December 6, 2016


Our December episode of Tuesday Funk is a very special one: We're celebrating our 100th episode! And in honor of that milestone, we've got a very special line-up: every one of the show's hosts, past and present. Please join us for readings by Connor Coyne, Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Palladino, Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn — plus current cohosts, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins!

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 too 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. Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

Tuesday Funk for Dec. 6, 2016

November 2016 Debriefing


Coya Paz at Tuesday Funk, November 2016With the Cubs battling their way back from behind in the World Series, the crowd was a little smaller for your favorite eclectic live lit series, but those who made it saw a fantastic show.

Veronica Arreola led us off with an essay about what her self-given title "professional feminist" entails. Then, Coya Paz told 10 personal ghost stories, inspired in part by the play, 100 Hauntings, she's currently directing at Free Street Theater. Next, Mary Robinette Kowal read an excerpt from her book Ghost Talkers.

After the intermission, cohost Andrew Huff read a few of his trademark topical haiku, then introduced Cesar Torres, who read an portion of his upcoming book 9 Lords of Night. Lastly, Megan Stielstra shared a coming of age story of sorts, featuring an encounter with a guy with a glass testicle.




We'll be back in December with a very special 100th episode — featuring every one of Tuesday Funk's cohosts, past and present! Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 6 for readings by Connor Coyne, Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Palladino, Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn, in addition to current cohosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins! Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #99 is Tonight!


Shake off that Halloween hangover and come see some live lit! Tuesday Funk is back tonight with readings by Megan Stielstra, Coya Paz, Cesar Torres, Mary Robinette Kowal and Veronica Arreola! Plus special guest host Jasmine Davila is back!

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: Coya Paz


Thumbnail image for Coya-13.jpgCoya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States. She is the artistic director of Free Street Theater, a cofounder of the Proyecto Latina collective, and served as the founding co-Artistic Director of Teatro Luna for nine years. Coya is an associate professor in The Theatre School at DePaul University and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is a regular commentator on race, politics, and pop culture for Vocalo.org. Her latest performance project, 100 Hauntings, is running at Free Street Theater through December 2nd. Above all, she believes in the power of poetry and performance to build community towards social change. Visit her on the web at coyapaz.com

Please join Coya and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 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.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on December 6, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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