Heavy Feels // Light Refreshments

Heavy Feels // Light Refreshments

Sunday, May 19, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Four feminist poets from different corners of the midwest converge to delight, shock, and awe. One night only, milk and cookies provided.

Poets are broke and hungry, bring them offerings.

Tarnynon (Ty-yuh-nuh) Onumonu is a published poet and performing artist from the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the Southeast side of Chicago. With motive and method grounded in #vulnerability, she seeks to dazzle and disorient those who are ready and willing to ride.

Patience Young is a Detroit bred writer with equal parts dirt and grease under her fingernails. She juxtaposes the simple magic of everyday life with the grief we each carry for our suffering. Rooted in radical vulnerability, her message is one of hope and a fierce belief in the good of us all. Patience believes poetry is a practice in causal non-sequiter, and that if she keeps spinning the combination lock it might open. Its ok if it doesn't, its fun to play with.

Crystal Stone grew up in southeastern PA. She joined Teach for America in Jackson, MS before starting her MFA at Iowa State University. Her poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Daily, SWWIM, PHEMME, Better than Starbucks, peculiar, Sport Literate, Collective Unrest, Driftwood Press, New Verse News, Occulum, Anomaly, BONED, Eunoia Review, {isacoustic*}, Tuck Magazine, Writers Resist, Drunk Monkeys, Coldnoon, Poets Reading the News, Jet Fuel Review, Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, North Central Review, Badlands Review, Green Blotter, Southword Journal Online and Dylan Days. She gave a TEDx talk "The Transformative Power of Poetry," the first week of April, and her first collection of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch (Dawn Valley Press), was just released on Amazon December of 2018.

Michelle Bonczek Evory is the author of The Ghosts of Lost Animals, winner of the 2018 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize (Gunpower P), The Art of the Nipple (Orange Money Publishing), Before Fort Clatsop (Finishing Line P), A Roadside Attempt at Attraction (Celery City), as well as a book on craft Naming the Unnamable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations (Open SUNY Textbooks). Her poetry has been featured in the Best New Poets Anthology and in many journals and magazines, including Crazyhorse, cream city review, Green Mountains Review, Orion Magazine, The Progressive, Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, and Water~Stone Review. In 2015, she and her husband poet Rob Evory were the inaugural Artists in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. She holds a PhD from Western Michigan University, an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and an MA from SUNY Brockport. She currently teaches literature at Western Michigan University, humanities at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and mentors poets at The Poet’s Billow (thepoetsbillow.org).