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

April Debriefing


mary anne.JPGWhat a show! We had a packed crowd - standing room only - for Tuesday Funk #80 last night.

Former TF co-host Sara Ross Witt started off the night with a heartbreaking story of a family in wartime, dealing with unspeakable loss. Mary Anne Mohanraj shared the introduction of her novel-in-progress, a science fiction story of aliens and war and university life modeled after the events of the Sri Lankan civil war. Co-host Andrew Huff entertained us with his current events haiku, and Christian Picciolini ended the half with a difficult story of how being bullied in school led to his involvement in the white power movement.

A powerful half, and needless to say, we all needed some booze. Mark obliged.

The awesomeness didn't end there! Co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about identifying a little too closely with her celebrity doppelgangers, and then Parker Molloy told an intimate story of transition and self-reinvention. Finally, Mikki Kendall read us a short story of a black southern woman with the power to mold minds and events with her cooking skills.

It was a Tuesday Funk for the ages. Won't you join us at our next awesome event? Tuesday Funk #81 will be on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30pm, featuring Wesley Chu, Melissa Franic, Jenny Drai, Jack Silverstein, and Maggie Kast!


Tonight's the night! Tuesday Funk #80 is ON! Andrew Huff and Eden Robins are, as always, your faithful co-hosts. And tonight we have a stellar lineup, featuring: Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sara Ross Witt, Christian Picciolini, Parker Molloy, and Mikki Kendall!

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: Mikki Kendall


mikki.JPGMikki Kendall, a writer and occasional feminist divides her time between two careers, a family, and brunch. She commits acts of fiction largely focusing on black people in every situation under the sun, and a few under undefined celestial bodies.

Please join Mikki and all our impressive readers on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Parker Molloy


parkermolloy.jpgParker Molloy is a writer, essayist, feminist, blogger, pseudo-journalist, and taker of naps from right here in Chicago. Her work has appeared in outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Slate, Bitch Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. She's written about topics ranging from LGBT issues to pop culture to sports, and she spends way too much time on Twitter. Parker recently began working full-time at Upworthy as a trends contributor, and hopes to stick around there for the foreseeable future.

Please join Parker and all our impressive readers on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Christian Picciolini


Christian Picciolini author photo.jpgAfter leaving the white power skinhead movement he helped build, Christian Picciolini graduated from DePaul University and became a respected entrepreneur. He executive-produced America's second-longest running music television program and launched Goldmill Group, a global entertainment firm. Most importantly, in 2010 he co-founded the peace advocacy nonprofit Life After Hate. He and his family live in Chicago.

Please join Christian and all our impressive readers on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Sara Ross Witt


Witt-13.JPGSara Ross Witt is the former co-host of Tuesday Funk and a graduate of The New School MFA in Creative Writing program. Her writing has appeared in Black Market Lit, Best of Ohio Short Stories, Arch City Chronicle, and Parent to Parent. Born in Ohio, Sara was raised by a mother who wrote checks to herself, served her children a shot of brandy on New Year's Eve to ward off evil spirits in the new year, and believed two of her daughters were psychic. She followed her mother to seances, new moon circles, and out of body experiences. Magic (and sometimes her mother) are a part of almost all of her stories. Sara lives Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with her husband Andrew Witt - bassist for the hard rock doom pop fish metal band Sea Lords - their 3 year old son and a cat named Perseus.

Please join Sara and all our impressive readers on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Anne Mohanraj


MAMohanraj.jpgMary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica,Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet's Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook). Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010 and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation, has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Please join Mary Anne and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #80: April 7, 2015


The snow is finally melting and green is finally starting to reappear, but Tuesday Funk springs eternal. On April 7, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host the 80th edition of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, with readings by Mikki Kendall, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Parker Molloy, Christian Picciolini and former Tuesday Funk host Sara Ross Witt!

The reading gets underway on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 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 grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. Our lovely bartender Mark has a beer for you, and stop downstairs before or after the show for a nice meal. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

RSVP right here and bring a friend. And hey, become a fan of the show on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you on April 7!

Tuesday Funk for April 7, 2015

March Debriefing


Thumbnail image for TF.jpgThe fluffy white snow has transitioned to hard black lumps, which means... it's almost spring! We rang in the new season with an evening of awesome readers!

Genevieve Waller warmed up the crowd with four linked essays about living with nature in the city. Danielle Susi followed that up with a series of poems from her new manuscript, and then co-host Andrew Huff got in on the poetry game with his patented seasonal haiku. Tom Underberg finished up the first half with an excerpt from his Chicago-based ghost story.

Cameron was playing the part of Mark this week, and did us proud.

After the half, co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about feeling old at a rock show, and then Mare Swallow spoke about feeling invisible as a child-free woman. Finally, Keidra Chaney made us all ravenous with her story of cooking and family legacies.

We left everyone hungry for more... and luckily there is more! Join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm for readings by Christian Picciolini, Mikki Kendall, Sara Ross Witt, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Parker Molloy.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins and brought to you by Gapers Block, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on May 5, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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