Join us for an evening of contemporary poetry at the intersection of poetry and art by Kundiman fellows W. Todd Kaneko and Monica Ong.
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014). Todd's elegies and illustrations cover themes of loss, love, regret, redemption, and remorse. His poems and illustrations blend Charles Bukowski's raw-boned verse and Randy "Macho Man" Savage's devastating elbow drop to mine the history of professional wrestling and examine complex relationships between fathers and sons.
Monica Ong is a visual artist and poet whose hybrid image-poems juxtapose diagram and diary, bearing witness to silenced histories of the body. Her debut collection, Silent Anatomies, was selected by poet Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award (Kore Press, 2015). Created as an assemblage of poetry, archive, and medical ephemera, it unpacks silence not only as the absence of language, but also as historical erasure, the loss of cultural memory, reconstructed truths, and ghosted identities.