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! 113 @ The Grind Cafe

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This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at The Grind Cafe,7300 Washington Avenue, on Saturday, February 24th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: Southeast Wisconsin poet, Manar Mohammad; and Madison poet and lecturer, Adam Fell.
Manar Mohammad is a poet who began writing poetry as a way to better piece together her identity after experiencing life abroad and in the U.S. She hopes her work offers a perspective on the narrative of the Muslim American identity while simultaneously breaking down media stereotypes and open doors to dialogue and understanding. She spends most of her time studying medicine between working on poetry, and she hopes to practice medicine while simultaneously using her skills in language as a way to bridge different cultures and backgrounds while documenting the stories of those who will shape her into a physician.
Adam Fell is the author of two books of poetry: Dear Corporation, (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and I Am Not a Pioneer, winner of the Posner Best Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (H_NGM_N Books, 2011). He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (M.F.A., 2008) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 2003), and currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Edgewood College in Madison, WI where he also co-curates the Monsters of Poetry reading series.