BONK! 132 @ The Grind Cafe

This month’s BONK! performance series will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, at 7300 Washington Avenue in Mt. Pleasant, BONK! will be at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers include: Guggenheim poet, Carmen Giménez Smith; researcher and poet, MC Hyland; and eclectic jazz group, the Curtis Crump Trio.

Carmen Giménez Smith is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Be Recorder, which was recently longlisted for the National Book Award.She is the co-director for CantoMundo, the publisher of Noemi Press, and, alongside Stephanie Burt, poetry editor of The Nation.

MC Hyland is the author of two full-length books of poems: THE END (Sidebrow 2019) and Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press 2010). She has also published a dozen poetry chapbooks/artist books, most recently Plane Fly At Night from above/ground press and the self-published Five Essays on the Lyric/The Laundry Poem with Anna Gurton-Wachter. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, and recently finished a PhD in English at NYU. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects.

Curtis Crump Jr. is a Racine-native musician & composer that performs throughout & beyond the Milwaukee-Madison-Chicago area. Curtis is a graduate of UW-Parkside with a music major (jazz studies concentration). He plays regularly with bands such as the Eddie Butts Band, No SeatBelts, the Kal Bergendahl Project, Grooveline, & others. He‘s currently the music director at ACTS Church in Kenosha under the leadership of Pastor Lawrence Kirby II. With him today are 2 musicians from No Seatbelts, Quentin Farr (keys) & “Dee Cee”(drums). Curtis is releasing his debut album, “Transit”, & it’s expected to be on all streaming platforms on December 20th. There will also be a release/preview show at Kenosha Fusion starting at 7:30pm that night.

BONK! 104 @ George Bray Neighborhood YMCA

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FEATURING:

Poet          Franklin K. R. Cline

Poet          Duriel Harris

Music       Curtis Crump

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate in English—Creative Writing at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor of cream city review. He lives in Milwaukee with three cats and his wife, Rachel Kincaid.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed poetry volumes including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize (2017). She is the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and co-founder of the Black Took Collective and Call & Response Performance Ensemble. Current projects include the conceptual work “Blood Labyrinth,” “Experiments in Joy Poetics+”—launched with Harriet, The Poetry Foundation blog, and Thingification—a one-woman show. Recent performances include appearances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corner Playhouse, and MPAACT Signature Series at the Greenhouse Theater. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.

Curtis Crump is from Racine, WI, a fresh graduate from UW-Parkside with a bachelor’s in Music w/ Jazz Studies & Performance concentration. He’s been composing for 7 years under the guidance of his Jazz professor, Russ Johnson. He hopes to continue playing & composing both in other groups as well as his own, & go for a graduate degree in composition (film) in a couple years. He is also the director of music & organist at Wayman AME & plays in a variety of different bands in the Racine/Kenosha/Milwaukee area.