BONK! 54- Saturday, March 16th


BONK! 54
6PM (doors open 5:30)
poet                     Matt Hart
poet                    Joshua Ware
musician             Emily Forst
Matt Hart is the author of four books of poems, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012). A fifth collection, Debacle Debacle, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N BKS in 2013. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

Joshua Ware lives in Cleveland, OH where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture Press Books) and several chapbooks, most recently How We Remake the World (Slope Editions) with Trey Moody, SDVIG (alice blue books) with Natasha Kessler, and Imaginary Your (Greying Ghost Press).


Emily Forst is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. She is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. Her debut album, Here We Go, recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios, New York City, is a timely collection of songs of hope, healing, and faith in the face of loss. Her music combines elements of pop, rock and soul, with layers of acoustic guitars and a full rock band.  There are sultry ballads, reminiscent of Fiona Apple, alongside anthemic stadium rockers à la U2. Emily’s strong yet vulnerable vocals span effortlessly across octaves and genres. It’s in her singing that we feel the emotional honesty of these songs, matched by artistry and nuance.  The album is a blast of fresh air in a genre starved of creativity. This may be a debut, but it’s packed with staying power. Though the tracks are as diverse as the dream-paved streets of New York City, one thing is certain: Emily Forst is a musical talent to be reckoned with, writing lyrics that linger long after the music stops playing.


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