This month’s BONK! event will be held on Saturday, July 17th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm CST. The event will be hosted on Zoom as a webinar and streamed on Facebook Live at the BONK! Facebook page. Curated and hosted by Jen Simpkins, BONK! will feature spoken word artists Kyce Bello and Barracuda Guarisco, and musician Naomi Marie. A link to the Zoom event, Facebook feed and more information about this event can be found at https://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/events/
About The Performers
A Certified Clinical Herbalist and Registered Nurse, Kyce holds an interdisciplinary degree in Southwest Studies and Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. She earned an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts, which she attended as a non-Native student of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Her poems explore the contour between language and landscape. Kyce’s debut poetry collection, Refugia, winner of Interim’s Test Site Poetry Series, was published in 2019 by University of Nevada Press. It received a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in 2020. Along with her husband, she raises two daughters in a Santa Fe. They live beneath a very large apple tree, a stone’s throw from an occasional river.
You can find Kyce on her website or Instagram as @kycebello.
Barracuda Guarisco / C. C. Hannett / Kris Hall is a cheesesteak obsessed, bisexual crybaby who enjoys absurdity at varying levels. Barry is the author of several books in the Spuyten Duyvil Publishing universe, as well as Uncomfortable Music (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021). Nominated for the Elgin award and Best Microfiction, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Really Serious Literature and reads for Screenshot Lit. He has had work placed with Maudlin House, giallo lit, Silent Auctions, Expat, Rejection Letters, and Meow Meow Pow Pow. He does not live in Portland, Oregon.
Naomi Marie is a singer/songwriter born and brought up in the North Star State of Minnesota. Pulling from winsome trips to the woods, bittersweet goodbyes, and restless nights on the road, Naomi Marie narrates intimate encounters with love, life, and loss through poetic song and story. Shortly after tracking and releasing her 5-song debut, Four Miles to Story City, in 2010, Naomi transplanted to SE Wisconsin, performing and writing along the third coast of Lake Michigan. Her full-length, Primary Colors, recorded at Skies Fall Media Group, was released in 2014 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee. New Moon, a collection of straight-forward acoustic songs was recorded at Ten Foot Studios in Roseville, MN, and was released virtually through Bandcamp on June 10th2021. The project will be available on all other online platforms on July 9th, 2021.
You can find Naomi on her website, her Facebook, or on Instagram as @naomimariemusic