BONK! 43–Saturday, April 21st

BONK! 43
SATURDAY, April 21st
6PM (doors open 5:30)
poet                      Aaron Kunin
poet                      Gabriel Gudding
musician                Sparkle Motion

Aaron Kunin is a poet, critic, and novelist.  He is the author of The Sore Throat and Other Poems (Fence, 2010).  Grace Period, a collection of aphorisms, sketches, and fragments, is forthcoming.  He lives in Los Angeles.


Gabriel Gudding is the author of Rhode Island Notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, 2007) and A Defense of Poetry (Pitt, 2002). His essays and poems appear in such periodicals as Harper’s MagazineThe Nation, and Journal of the History of Ideas, as well as in such anthologies as Great American Prose PoemsBest American Poetry, and &Now: Best Innovative Writing. His translations from Spanish appear in anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Latin American PoetryPoems for the Millennium, and The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry. He teaches poetics, ethics, literature, and poetry writing at Illinois State University.

Sparkle Motion (aka Sparkle D. Motion) has been on the grind since 2006, after relocating to Chicago from her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.  Determined to make a wedge in the middle of the music world, she began writing her own lyrics and composing, recording and re-recording daily.  In 2007, Sparkle Motion was invited to be a part of one of Chicago’s few Hip-Hop & Alternative bands, Raw Footage. This opportunity allowed her to open up for major artists Nas and Raheem Devaughn.  Sparkle Motion parted from the band in 2008, deciding to focus on her own development, the result being best described as an enigmatic capsule of many genres and vocal abilities, ranging among Jazz, Rock, Pop, Alternative, and R&B.  In 2010, Sparkle Motion was personally asked by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to accompany them on their chart-topping song Thuggish Ruggish Bone, during their show at Austin’s Fuel Room. At this time, Sparkle Motion is combining her genius of music and alchemy to generate her upcoming EP, Feed My Nickelodeon, which will be released in the Fall of 2012.  And feed it everyone will!

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