Nora Bonner lives in Bangkok, Thailand where she teaches English to the staff of a public opinion polling center and enjoys her insider's view of other people's politics. When at and when not at work, she's usually writing something. Usually that writing has to do with Detroit (her hometown). If you ever come to Bangkok on the weekends, you might catch her singing in a Thai cover band. Because she has a BFA in theater performance from the University of Michigan, she'd probably be involved in some sort of stage production if she weren't living a city (nearly) devoid of theater in the English language.
Cousins Nora Bonner and Rachel Javellana share a hometown and the practice of poetry, but for the past couple of years have lived in two quite different urban centers — on opposite sides of the globe, in fact. For the past year—e-mailing between Chicago, Illinois and Bangkok, Thailand—Rachel and Nora have been writing to each other by means of a poetry braid, wherein they "write off of" what the other has just written to them, using a line, image, impression, or word to springboard to a new piece. They will share an interlaced selection of these pieces (through live and pre-recorded performance), which explore city landscapes, foundations, language, and the need to communicate.
Nora Bonner and Rachel Javellana have been collaborating on a project that is being performed at 32nd&Urban on October 27.