Dave Bonta
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Poet Dave Bonta to read from his work Feb. 20

Poet Dave Bonta will read from his work on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

Bonta’s reading will kick off the spring Hard Freight Café, an open mic event presented by Penn State Altoona’s student literary magazine.

Bonta is the author of several books, most recently Ice Mountain: An Elegy (Phoenicia Publishing, 2017), a collection of poems that reviewer Kathleen Kirk calls “dark and lyrical, containing the suspended humor of truncated comic strips.” His other books include Breakdown: Banjo Poems, Words on the Street: An Inaction Comic, and Odes to Tools. His long-running literary blog is Via Negativa, which he co-authors with the Norfolk, Virginia-based poet Luisa A. Igloria and other guest authors. He's the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, the most influential English-language website focused on videopoetry and poetry film. His own videopoems have been screened at film festivals and exhibitions around the world. He's also currently half-way through an effort to create an erasure poem out of every entry in the Diary of Samuel Pepys. Bonta has lived nearly all his life in central Pennsylvania, on Brush Mountain above Tyrone.

The reading and open mic are sponsored by the English degree program and the Division of Arts and Humanities. Both events are free and open to the public.