As the nights grow longer and the wind grows colder, nothing is better than getting together with family and friends, indulging in simple pleasures, sharing in time-honored traditions, and curling up next to a roaring fire. Here at BONK!, we would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of the best things about this time of year. On December 3rd, join the BONK! family for our 99th performance, the last one of 2016. Feast your ears on wonderful poetry and music Enjoy the warm glow of the glass blowing furnaces. Celebrate community and friendship with us at Hot Shop Glass and have a warm and wonderful holiday.



POET: Tyehimba Jess
POET: John Murillo
MUSIC: Auralai

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly and Olio. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Olio, published in 2016, has been called “Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant…” by Publisher’s Weekly’s starred review, and a “daring collection, which blends forthright, musically acute language with portraiture” by Library Journal. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Jess is Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review and Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.

Auralai combines the best of classical beauty with pop-esque rhythm and melody with Stephanie Tschech providing a foundation of cello and voice, complemented by mulit-instrumentalist Nate Lehner. Stephanie’s abstract but vivid lyrics, and complex yet catchy rhythms and melodies are often described as “transporting”, sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, always fiercely engaging. No slave to both conventional songwriting and classical cello form, Auralai brings a much needed fresh breed of indie-pop music that is nothing short of captivating.


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