424 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47401
Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Featuring Lisa Kwong (poetry + fiction), Mike Wehner (fiction), T.K. Williams (poetry)
with multimedia by Valeria DeCastro and Madam Marvelous
There will also be an open mic.
LISA KWONG is an AppalAsian writer in the Midwest, where she currently teaches courses in Asian American Studies and English at Indiana University. She is a distinguished creative writing alumna of Appalachian State University and earned an MFA in poetry from Indiana University. Her poems and essays are forthcoming or have appeared in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Best NewPoets 2014, the minnesota review, Banango Street, Still: The Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Appalachian Heritage, Pluck!, and other journals. She has received poetry scholarships and fellowships from Indiana University, The Frost Place, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, where she was the 2017 Appalachian Writer-in-Residence. She has also been a featuredartist for the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition Literary Salon in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to creative writing and Asian American studies, Lisa is also passionate about superheroes and ‘90s music, especially Batman and Mariah Carey, and moonlights as an aspiring fashion stylist with a penchant for pattern mixing and all shades of pink.
MIKE WEHNER is a novelist, illustrator, and artist. His debut novel, “The Girl Who Can Cook,” (Crime/Psychological Thriller) was released in May of 2018. He shut down the successful e-commerce business he owned and operated (for 10 years) in 2016 to pursue a more meaningful existence by bringing things of value into being (books, art, illustrations) instead of “exacting value and shifting numbers around on a spreadsheet all day.” He says he’s far happier now but doesn’t eat as make steaks. Mike is fair skinned, foul mouthed and considers himself an aficionado of sweatpants. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with one small wife and two large dogs. According to him, “it’s better than it sounds.”
From and made of parts unknown, TK WILLIAMS graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in poetry in 2008. Their work has been published in the journals Outrageous Fortune, Bad Pony and Inflection: A Collection of New Poetry, as well as several poetry zines and, soon, a Carly Rae Jepsen fanbook. TK’s work as of late has focused on exploring transgender and disabled identities, with the occasional dip into professional wrestling as an expression of love. Don’t tell their professors that last part.
VALERIA DeCASTRO Valeria DeCastro is a musician, a songwriter, music teacher, entrepreneur, business owner, performance artist, and creative mind. She has been performing in several countries including Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica and the US. www.valeriadecastro.com
MADAM MARVELOUS is the Rabelaisian alter ego of the artist Yolanda Dunderdale – a creative and sensitive dancer, poet and rebellious artist.