Meet Our Readers: Emily Nordling


EN TFunk photo.jpgEmily Nordling likes history, revolution, and magic (in pretty much any combination). She writes speculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and is a blogger for Tor.com. She received her MA in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she recently returned as both librarian and collector of profound and useless information. Her poetry has appeared in Oxford Magazine and Colloquium Magazine, and also received the 2013 Carnegie Center LGBT Writing Award for a collection that included meditations on family, Veggie Tales, and, of course, Colin Firth.

Please join Emily and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: K.B. Jensen


JensenHeadshot1.JPGK.B. Jensen is an author and journalist. Painting With Fire, an artistic murder mystery, was her debut novel last year and has been a bestseller on Amazon. She is currently finishing a second book, tentatively titled A Storm of Stories, which is about two people stranded in a car on a deserted country road in the middle of a whiteout. They tell stories to pass the time and as a way to stay alive. The themes are love, craziness and impossibility. Jensen grew up in Minneapolis and currently lives in Hyde Park with her husband, daughter and rescued border collie/lab mix. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching downhill skiing and traveling the world.

Please join K.B. and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Hannah Gamble


authorpic.jpgHannah Gamble is the 2015 winner of the Neil Postman award for metaphor from Rattle magazine. She will be giving talks this summer at the Chicago Art Institute and the 2015 Printer's Ball, and will have new poems out in Pleiades in a couple months. Follow her on twitter @hannah_gamble and on Instagram @wrath_hats.

Please join Hannah and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #82: June 2, 2015


Tuesday Funk gives a warm June welcome to guests Emily Nordling, Hannah Gamble, Christa Desir, Mary Lorenz and Kirsten Jensen for your favorite eclectic monthly reading series. Join us Tuesday, June 2 in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.

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 on Facebook and, as always, bring a friend. Don't forget to become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings.

Tuesday Funk for May 5, 2015

May Debriefing


IMG_20150505_195045740.jpgWe 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


FullSizeRender.jpgJenny 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


ReadJack_BagFryDesign.jpgJack 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


Melissa Headshot.jpgMelissa 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


maggie.jpgMaggie 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.

Tuesday Funk

About Us

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 June 2, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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