BONK! 45–Saturday, June 23rd

BONK! 45
SATURDAY, June 23rd
6PM (doors open 5:30)
poet                      Feng Sun Chen & Natasha Kessler
poet                     Francesca Abbate
musician                Dan Garnett

Feng Sun Chen‘s first book is Butcher’s Tree from Black Ocean. She is also the author of chapbooks and experiments Ugly Fish from Radioactive Moat, and blud from Spork Press. She lives in Minneapolis and is studying at the University of Minnesota.


Natasha Kessler received her MFA from the University of Nebraska. She currently lives in Omaha where she co-edits Strange Machine Poetry/Books. She also curates The Strange Machine Poetry Reading Series. Her work has most recently appeared in SpringGun, inter|rupture, Burntdistrict, iO Poetry, and is forthcoming in South Dakota Review. A collaborative chapbook of poetry by Natasha and poet Joshua Ware is forthcoming from Alice Blue Books this summer.


Francesca Abbate is associate professor of English at Beloit College. Her poetry has appeared in Field, Iowa Review, NEO, and Poetry, among others. Her first book, Troy, Unincorporated, is just out from The University of Chicago’s Phoenix Poets Series. Sometimes, like now, she lives in Milwaukee.

Dan Garnett is a singer-songwriter who developed his unique musical style growing up in the quiet pockets of New Hampshire, the flat plains of Ohio, and finally, the whirlwind of New York City. He has been described as a storyteller as he carefully sculpts his life, passions, and experiences into melodious lyrics, full of substance and whim. His sound is a crashing together of Damien Rice and Jeff Buckley peppered with the flavors of Johnny Cash. His acoustic sound and easy vocals gently goad listeners to search for purpose, hope, and deeper meaning in life. Dan has played venues in New York City, including Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Postcrypt, and the National Underground. Currently, he is traveling the country playing house concerts as he promotes his latest album, Life of Love. His next full length album is scheduled to be recorded with Skies Fall Records in August of 2012.

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