This month’s BONK! event will be held on Saturday, May 29th from 6 pm to 8 pm CST. The event will be hosted on Facebook Live at the BONK! Facebook page. Curated and hosted by Esteban Colon, BONK! will feature spoken word artists Billy Tuggle and Donna Vorreyer, and musician and spoken word artist Primo Cruz. A link to the Facebook feed and more information about this event can be found at https://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/events/
About The Performers
Billy Tuggle is a parent, teaching artist, slam champion, and touring performance poet. Chicago native and author of The Way Of The B-Boy, Billy is 2015 National Poetry Slam Haiku Champion and, in 2020 was nominated “Best Of The Net” for the poem “Katana Black” published by The Knights Library. He has shared stages with Patricia Smith, Psalm One, Saul Williams, Æsop Rock, and Esteban Colon.
You can find Billy at his website and on Facebook and Instagram as “Backpack Files”
Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016), and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications, as well as eight chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and other journals, and she serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry. Recently retired from 36 years in public education, she looks forward to new adventures.
You can find Donna at her website, Facebook, or on Twitter as @dvorreyer. You can also find her newest book here.
Primitivo Cruz (AKA Primo) is a Chicago native of Puerto Rican background who is always looking for the next performance opportunity. He went from singing in the shower as a child to performing in Chicago’s Latin Music scene as an adult. Primo was a vocalist with a 20 piece big band Orquesta Sabor Latino for many years as well as a Latin fusion group called NuBambu. Apart from his musical endeavors Primo has also performed his prose in various spoken word venues in Chicago that have included University of Illinois Noche de Poetas, Ponce at Night open mic, Nothing Less Open mic and the Nuyorican poets café in New York city. Apart from all of this Primo has also stepped into the theater scene in recent years and was casted to play car service owner Kevin Rosario in a Chicago production of In The Heights. He did the work of manifesting being in this play for over a decade since he saw it on Broadway in New York. Primo didn’t get the role he originally wanted but he got a role that was just challenging enough, and stretched him beyond what he thought he could do. As a life long stutterer Primo wants to use his love of performance to inspire. He wants people to know that it’s never too late or impossible to pursue what you want. Take you baby steps if you need to. Just keep going.