This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at the 6th Street Theater, 318 6th Street, on Saturday, March 24th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: UW-Madison professor and poet, Timothy Yu; Chicago blues poet, Vida Cross; and Chicago folk duo, Jeremy David Miller and his wife Bekah Miller.
Timothy Yu is the author of the poetry collection 100 Chinese Silences, an editor’s selection in the NOS Book Contest from Les Figues Press. He is also the author of three chapbooks: 15 Chinese Silences, Journey to the West, and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger. His writing has appeared in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, TYPO, and The New Republic. His scholarly work includes Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford) and an edited collection, Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street). He lives in Madison, where he is professor of English and Asian American studies at UW-Madison
Vida Cross is a blues poet. Her work references her ancestry as a third generation Chicagoan, a Bronzeville resident, the artwork of Archibald J. Motley Jr. and Langston Hughes. She received an MFA in Writing and an MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a MA in English from Iowa State University and a BA in English-writing and History from Knox College. Her book of poems, Bronzeville at Night: 1949, was released in 2017. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Creativity and Constraint Anthology for Wising Up Press, A Civil Rights Retrospective with the Black Earth Institute, Tabula Poetica with Chapman University, Transitions Magazine at the Hutchinson Institute, the Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009, The Literary Review with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Reed Magazine at Reed College, and The Journal of Film and Video from The University of Illinois, Chicago.
Jeremy David Miller has been writing his own style of folk songs for some 15 years. Along with help from partner and wife Bekah Miller, the two deliver everything from charming love songs to wandering lyrical quests of death with ease and entertainment. From Chicago, IL The Millers have built a musical repertoire that keeps fans interested and never disappointed.