BONK! 88 is upon us, and the only thing that could possibly make it more awesome than it already is, is… wait for it… YOU! So please join us !
Poet: Abayomi Animashaun
Spoken Word Artist: Sean Avery Medlin
Poet/Storyteller: Misty Saskill
As a child, SEAN AVERY MEDLIN was a military brat who thought he was a Power Ranger and kicked his grandma (but that’s a story for another time). Today, Avery is a rapper, poet, First Wave Scholar (look it up), and senior studying English Creative Writing at the University of Madison–Wisconsi…n, by way of the Sun (b.k.a. the suburbs of Avondale, Arizona). His work embraces both his imagination and his journey towards defining his own Black Masculinity.
MISTY SASKILL is a multi-lingual storyteller and poet currently living in Kenosha, WI. She is known for her warmth, humor and animated style. Over the years, Misty’s highly acclaimed work has been included in print, audio and video formats. In 2015, she was the First Prize recipient for prose in her college literary magazine, The Red Hawk Review. Misty continues to present and perform in Spanish, English and Haitian Creole to audiences of all ages throughout the United States and abroad.
ABAYOMI ANIMASHAUN’S poems have appeared in such places as African American Review, Versedaily, Passages North, and Diode. He is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and the editor of Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Abayo teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and lives with his wife and two children in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
2015/16 Event Schedule