About The Event

This December’s BONK! event will be held on Saturday, December 11th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm Central time. The event will be held on Zoom webinar and streamed on Facebook Live at the BONK! Facebook page. Curated and hosted by Alex Reilly, BONK! will feature spoken word artists Joe Engel and Nina Corwin and musician Donzo Helverson. 

About The Performers

Joe Engel is the Poet Laureate of Kenosha, WI. He lived several years in Madison before moving to La Crosse where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. After college, he landed back in Kenosha WI, his hometown, which he has come to appreciate greatly. His poems have been in various journals including “Harpur Palate”, “Cold Mountain Review”, “Other Poetry” and “Left of the Lake”. He works at Gateway Technical College. His ten-year-old son thinks he should skateboard more like he used to.

Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps, and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints; as well as three chapbooks, most recently, Dear Future (Glass Lyre, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review and Verse. Corwin, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, has been privileged to collaborate with musicians, dancers, and poets around the country. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.

Donzo Helverson is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts. After a car accident ruined his dreams of a career in sports, Donzo directed his focus towards music and storytelling. He studied under John Curtis (later co-founder of Boston’s Pousette-Dart Band) and Brother Blue, a Cambridge storyteller. Donzo attend Reed College after which he had a brief career in comedy both stand-up and improv, including taking Tracy Morgan’s place in the troupe, Guilty Children, touring New England and the East Coast. In 1988, Donzo moved to California to write comedy and worked for many top comics, and became a close friend with Jonathan Winters who hired him to brainstorm on television appearances and specials. Still playing guitar and writing songs, he is now a songwriter living in Los Angeles. 

About The Host

Alex Reilly joined the BONK! Team in 2016 to help send out the email newsletter. Now they are the force behind all of BONK’s press and marketing as well as the host of BONK!’s annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change event every September. When not working for BONK!, Alex is a fan of video games, reading, writing, and naps. They have been published in Left of the Lake and Wisconsin’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. 

Poster for December 2021 BONK! arts & culture series event

How To Join

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When: Dec 11, 2021 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: BONK! 154

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