This BONK! blogger’s brain went on vacation so this post is really late. But for these amazing artists, it’s better late than never. Drum-roll please…


Poet                     MATT HART
Poet                     ROBERTA J. HILL
Musician             B-FREE
Matt Hart’s most recent books are Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books, 2016) and Radiant Companion (Monster House Press, 2016). 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 is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and THE LOUDEST SOUNDER.


Roberta J. Hill (Oneida) is a poet, fiction writer and scholar. Her most recent publications include Cicadas:  New and Selected Poetry (Holy Cow! Press, 2013) and “Reading the Streets,” a short story in the International Writing Program’s online journal, Narrative Witness #2, “Indigenous Peoples:  Australia-United States” online:  She edited the July 2014 issue of the Black Earth Institute’s journal, About Place, “Enlightened Visions,” available online: .  She is a Professor of English and American Indian Studies and is affiliated with The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


B~Free reemerges with her sophomore project, the “Ode 2 A Luv Affair LP.” With sound inspirations from Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, J-Dilla & Jill Scott., it is a conceptual album that traverses the ups and downs of romantic relationships. vulnerability, passion and compromise. Hailed by The Shepard Express as an “immaculately constructed R&B record,” with a style rooted in 90s R&B/Neo Soul & traces of present day influences, Ode not only represents the many trials & turmoils of love, but the personification of an artist’s loss & reclaiming of her gift.

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