October 30, 2014

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BONK! will be heating things up at Hot Shop glass November 22!

FEATURING:

Professor   Emily J. Lordi

Poet            J. Michael Martinez

Poet            Jericho Brown

 

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.   His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The NationThe New YorkerThe New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.  His first book, PLEASE, won the American Book Award, and his second book, THE NEW TESTAMENT, was recently released by Copper Canyon Press.  

J. MICHAEL MARTINEZ received the Walt Whitman Award from theAcademy of American Poets and he is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His latest book, from the University of Arizona Press, is In the Garden of the Bridehouse. He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his poetry has been anthologized in Ahsahta Press’s The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Rescue Press’s The New Census: 40 American Poets, and Counterpath Press’ Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin @ Writing.

EMILY J. LORDI is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (Rutgers UP, 2013). Her music reviews and other works of cultural criticism appear on New Black Man, The Feminist Wire, The New Inquiry, and The Root. She is writing a book on Donny Hathaway (Bloomsbury 33 ⅓ series) and a musical-literary history of the concept of “soul.”

 

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 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

 HOT SHOP GLASS

239 WISCONSIN AVE

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:30!)

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule

October 8, 2014

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BONK! is back at the Racine Arts Council for its 6th birthday with a few homespun Wisconsin favorites!

FEATURING:

Poet                      Nick Ramsey

Poet                      Jean Prestonton

Poet                      Max Garland

 

Don’t forget to pick up a free copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at the Racine Public Library or one of the other locations listed here and attend as many events as you can for The Big Read! 

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 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

 RACINE ARTS COUNCIL

316 6th STREET

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:30!)

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule

July 25, 2014

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This month, BONK! is making the trek out to the Eco-Justice center once again!

There will be poetry and music and fluffy animals!

 

 

FEATURING:

Poet/Music AM Ringwalt

Poet Joe Hall

Music Naomi Marie

AM RINGWALT is a writer and musician (Anne Malin) from Racine, Wisconsin and currently studying in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently, her words have appeared in: “Whole Beast Rag;” “DUM DUM Zine: Punks and Scholars;” “The Interlochen Review;” and “BROWN GOD.” Last year, she was a YoungArts finalist in fiction and a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist. Ringwalt’s debut chapbook entitled “Like Cleopatra” is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. More information about her work can be found at annemalinringwalt.tumblr.com
 
JOE HALL is the author of three books of poetry: “Pigafetta Is My Wife” (Black Ocean 2010), “The Devotional Poems” (Black Ocean 2013), and, in collaboration with Chad Hardy, “The Container Store” Volumes I & II (SpringGun 2012). He currently resides with fellow poet Cheryl Quimba in Buffalo, New York where he is studying commons, excess, and waste flows. Learn more about his work at joehalljoehall.wordpress.com
 
NAOMI MARIE is a born and bred Midwestern minstrel of sorts. Transplanted from the rich musical culture of the twin cities, she has discovered a fresh folk sound and form from the third coast of Lake Michigan. Having recently released her first full length, Primary Colors, in May of 2014, she sets to connect with friends, fans and artists in continued pursuit of her music’s authentic expressions. For more information about her music and schedule go to naomimariemusic.org
Please check out this link for our friend Marco Jaimez’s Kickstarter and consider supporting so he can get his album recorded and share it with the world!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD

ECO-JUSTICE CENTER

7133 MICHNA RD
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)

June 11, 2014

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This month, BONK! is bringing you not three, but FOUR fantastic artists.
 
Bring your 3D glasses because BONK! is happening in three artistic dimensions, with poetry, music, and visual art!
PREPARE TO BE AMAZED
 
FEATURING:            
 
Poet                                   Hakim Bellamy
Poet                                     Peter Davis
Music                                 Milo & Otis
Visual Artist                   Walking Easel                    


 
HAKIM BELLAMY became the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque in 2012, at age 33. He is the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Many poems later, Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico.  He has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. An educator, musician, actor, journalist, playwright and community organizer, Bellamy has acquired many awards and accolades, including the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association and honorable mention for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize at the University of New Mexico. Bellamy is the founder and president of Beyond Poetry LLC. For more information on the author, please visit www.hakimbe.com.
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PETER DAVIS  books of poetry are Hitler’s Mustache, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! and TINA. He lives in Muncie, Indiana with his wife and kids.  More information is available at artisnecessary.com.
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M&O:  In an era dominated by manufactured noise, M&O, fka Milo & Otis, have carved out a musical haven for listeners seeking an authentic respite. Jamila Woods (“Milo”—vocals, loop pedal, poetry) and Owen Hill (“Otis” — bass guitar, imagination, production) are the two behind this earthy sound, which harks back to the heyday of R&B with a blend of what can only be labeled “Adventure Soul.” Adventure Soul is a road trip for your mind, a whizzing subway car for your heart, and sometimes even a party limo for your tuckus.
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WALKING EASEL is a movement that promotes freedom, individual creativity and artistic expression founded in 2013 by Racine residents Justin McKinley and Bradley Shaw.  Through inspiration received from their surroundings and culture, Justin and Bradley are able to transform their lifestyles into fine art and fashion.
 
 
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 SATURDAY, JULY 19TH

DP WIGLEY

234 WISCONSIN AVE

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)

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Be sure to mark your calendar for the 6th annual Dan Jam music festival! BONK! master Nick Demske will be performing, along with BONK! alumni such as Katie LaFond, Aaron Lundquist, Nick Ramsey, and Folkswagon.
 
 
All proceeds go to the Racine County Food Bank.
 

 

 
Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule 
Saturday, August 23rd
@ The Eco-Justice Center
Anne Malin Ringwalt
Joe Hall
Naomi Marie
Sunday, September 7th
Root River Festival–details TBA
Saturday, November 22nd
Jericho Brown
J. Michael Martinez

Emily Lordi

May 29, 2014

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FEATURING:            
 
Music                                  HeyMiss Progress
Poet                                     Rauan Kalssnik

Music                                 Kate Adams                

 

HEYMISS PROGRESS, motivational speaker, poet and change agent, is the creator and host of   “Conversation Mix Tape.”
 
RAUAN KALSSNIK’S poetry collection “Sky Rat” was just released by Spork in 2014.  He also has two full length collections of poetry out from Black Ocean Press: “Holy Land” and “The Moon’s Jaw.”  He lives in a quiet suburb of Seattle with his wife, Edith.
 
KATE ADAMS “has a voice made of honey and razor blades, forged in the tall pines of Washington state, the rolling hills of central Missouri, and sharpened by Chicago winters. She writes songs in the key of easy piano and plays them on an acoustic guitar, but she sings them like they are laced with barbed wire.” Recently, she has been a featured artist at Brave New Art World and has been featured in the Chicago Mixtape.
 
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 SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH

RACINE ARTS COUNCIL

316 6th STREET

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)
 
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 6th annual Dan Jam music festival! BONK! master Nick Demske will be performing, along with BONK! alumni such as Katie LaFond, Aaron Lundquist, Nick Ramsey, and Folkswagon.
All proceeds go to the Racine County Food Bank. See the attached documents for more details.

 

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule 
Saturday, July 19th
@ DP Wigley
Hakim Bellamy
Peter Davis
Milo & Otis
Saturday, August 23rd
@ The Eco-Justice Center
Anne Malin Ringwalt
Joe Hall
Naomi Marie
Sunday, September 7th
Root River Festival–details TBA
Saturday, November 22nd
Jericho Brown
J. Michael Martinez

Emily Lordi

April 30, 2014

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FEATURING:            
 
Poet                                     Angela Narcisco Torres  
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Writer                                Erika L. Sánchez
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Music                                 The Millers



ANGELA NARCISO TORRES’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry and was published by Willow Books/Aquarius Press in September 2013. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.
ERIKA L. SANCHEZ is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Witness, Anti-, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Boston Review, Latino USA on NPR, and is forthcoming in diode and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin 2015). Her nonfiction has been published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rolling Stone, Salon, NBC News, Cosmopolitan, and many others. You can find her at erikalsanchez.com.
 
Jeremy David Miller has been writing his own style of folk for some 15 years.  Along with help from partner and wife Bekah Miller the two deliver everything from charming love songs to wandering lyrical quests of death with ease and entertainment. From Chicago, IL THE MILLERS have built a musical repertoire that keeps fans ever interested and never disappointed.  Like them on an evil social-network here.
 
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 SATURDAY, MAY24th
MY WICKED WAY
516 COLLEGE AVE
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)
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Unfortunately, last week yet another loved BONK! family member passed away.  The Racine legend many knew as the guy on the bike with the beard–Moses–passed away of a heart attack on April 23rd.  He will be very missed by the BONK! family and by the Racine community at large.  Please join us to celebrate his life at the memorial service to be held at St Luke’s Church next week (details here).
We love you, Moses.  You’ll be missed!
 

 

 
 
And don’t forget the special Poet Laureate event at Carthage College tomorrow, featuring Nick Ramsey (Racine Laureate), Jean Preston (Kenosha Laureate) and Max Garland (Wisconsin State Laureate).  See here for details.
 

April 2, 2014

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, BONK! FAMILY!!!!
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BONK! is at a very special location this month for some very special reasons:
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1) Chez Bob’s is a cafe in The Racine Business Center (aka the 16th street Studios; aka the Von Shraeder Building). This building is an incredible Racine landmark, full of some or Racine’s richest, most inventive history, and we want to introduce more people to it. A historic display called “The Spirit of the Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit” will be open for viewing before and after the BONK! event proper. So come early and check out some of the amazing entrepreneurial history right here in our city!
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2) Thought there weren’t any independent bookstores in the city anymore? Fortunately…you are WRONG! (Yay : ) Retired professor and notorious local crank Andy McClean owns and runs “The Book Corner”–a super-cool, specialty-collection bookstore that is usually only open by appointment. The Book Corner, however, will also be open before and after the BONK! event proper on April 19th
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Chez Bob’s, The Book Corner and The Spirit of the Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit will all be open at 5PM, and will reopen again immediately after BONK! for an hour. So come early, plan to stay late and bring some money to get food from Chez Bob’s and books from the amazing Book Corner (the historical facts, however, are free : )
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If for no other reason, come early so you have time to figure out where the parking lot is and how you navigate through this massive (and massively cool) historical building!
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FEATURING:            
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Poet                                     Jennifer L Knox    
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Poet                                     Robert J Baumann
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Music                                 Julie Meckler                     

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JENNIFER L. KNOX is the author of three books of poems: The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon, and A Gringo Like Me (Bloof Books). Her new collection, Days of Shame and Failure, will be published by Bloof in 2015. She has taught poetry writing at Hunter College and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and four times in the Best American Poetry series. She lives near Ames, Iowa.
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ROBERT J. BAUMANN lives in Milwaukee––but not for long––where he obsesses overbaseball, fonts, and his cats.  He publishes Mitzvah Chaps and gives them away, mostly.  He has bungled everything in life except for his relationship with his fiancée. Here’s hoping…. He is available for all your Twitter needs.
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French Songstress JULIE MECKLER now lives in Chicago.  Her music can be heard at her website here: http://www.juliemeckler.com/
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 SATURDAY, APRIL 19th
RACINE BUSINESS CENTER
1405 16th STREET.
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)

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February 19, 2014

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Poet                                    Jamaal May
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Poet                                     Nick Twemlow
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 Music                                 Decoteau Black

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JAMAAL MAY is a poet from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection is Hum, winner of the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.  Other honors include the 2013 Indiana Review Prize and a 2011-2013 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University.  Individual poems have appeared in journals such as The New Republic, PoetryPloughshares, and the Believer. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
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NICK TWEMLOW’S first book, Palm Trees, was awarded the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is a senior editor for The Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books. His films have screened at Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Shnit International, Athens, FLEX, and Starz Denver.  He recently produced The Trapper, a short drama shot in Iowa, where he lives. He was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium in Filmmaking in 2011 and is currently at work on two projects: American Glyptix, and The Fast, a feature-length film. He teaches creative writing and film at Coe College.  Learn more at: nicktwemlow.com
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DECOTEAU BLACK is a grooving and eclectic Milwaukee-based indie-soul band founded in 2013 by guitarist and vocalist Decoteau Irby, bassist James Murrell, and drummer John Laws. The three musicians met at a music jam hosted by James and an immediate musical kinship formed. Singer-songwriter Decoteau Irby’s dark and searching songs are set to soul-, funk- and jazz-inflected indie-rock sounds. The full range of Black guitarists – from Wes Montgomery and Grant Green to Ernie Isley and Jimi Hendrix – make up the inspiration for Decoteau Black. Other influences include soul singers Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and hip-hop groups Wu Tang Clan, Goodie M.O.B., and Outkast. Currently Decoteau Black draws on a vast storehouse of Decoteau’s original songs, including recordings from his 2012 release “A Contagious Spring,” re-casting the works into a live sound driven by James’ punching bass and John’s funky drums. Listen: decoteaublack.bandcamp.com and decoteaubecool.bandcamp.com Contact at decoutaublack@gmail.com
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 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th
VINO.ON.MAIN
422 MAIN ST.
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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And don’t forget about THE RPL WORDSHOP–the writer’s group at the Racine Public Library, sponsored by BONK!
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Haven’t been there yet?  You suck!  Or, alternatively, you are a simply busy person.  Either way, visit The Wordshop soon…and check out these upcoming events to see what the group is up to:
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Thurs, February 20–Guest Presenter—Writer Justin Grimbol speaks about Bizarro Fiction
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Thurs, February 27– All About Flash Fiction (w/ Jen Simpkins)
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Thurs, Mar 6th– Managing and Preparing Submissions for Publication
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Thurs, Mar 13th—“So You Want To Make a Chapbook” or “So You Don’t Know What a Chapbook Is…”
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Thurs, Mar 20th--Field trip to Racine’s Eco-Justice Center for the Spring Solstice, w/ a special seasonally-appropriate writing exercise
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Thurs, Mar 27—“What is Erasure Poetry” + “Exploring The Racine Public Library’s Poetry Collection”
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Mark your calendars…
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2014 Event Schedule
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Saturday, April 19th
Julie Meckler
Jennifer L Knox
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Saturday, May 24th
Angela Narcisco Torres
Janice Lee

BONK! 65–Sat. Feb 15th

January 31, 2014

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Word Therapist          Anja Notanja Sieger
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Writer                             Justin Grimbol
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Poet                                 Erinn Batykefer

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Anja Notanja Sieger is the creator of “La Prosette,” a performance typing service that sells other people’s thoughts. Customers can choose from the following options: Poetry, Love Letter, Insult Letter, Letter of Recommendation, Short Story, Letter from a Pet, Other.  Writing letters requires Anja to pretend for the duration of the composition that she is the customer.   Different themes costumes and props are brought to each performance location.  La Prosette has been featured on the front page of the Milwaukee Journals Sentinel and covered by USA Today, MSN Hotmail News, Yahoo News, The Associated Press and “The Real Milwaukee Show.”
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Justin Grimbol moves around a lot. He is currently residing in West Racine. He is the author of four books. DRINKING UNTIL MORNING(Black Coffee Press). THE CRUD MASTERS(Eraserhead Press). THE PARTY LORDS(Grindhouse Press). THE CREEK(Ra Press). Sometimes he smells bad, but that can be kinda fun. He went to college for while, then he stopped going to college. He works sometimes. He doesn’t like Super Hero movies. He was raised by ministers. Certain hymns make him cry.
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Erinn Batykefer is a writer and a librarian.  She earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has won a variety of shi-shi sounding named fellowships and awards, including the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize for her first collection, Allegheny, Monongahela.  She’s the co-founder and editor of the Library as Incubator Project in addition to her day job as a librarian, and, like a complete crazy person, is currently at work on 3 books, all in different genres. The most incredible thing about this whole fiasco is that Erinn manages to do this without the aid of stimulants. Not even coffee.

 
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
312 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)

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2014 Event Schedule
 
Saturday, March 8th
 
Saturday, April 19th
 
Saturday, May 24th
BONK! loves you :)
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
FEATURING:
Musician                        Luke Patterson
Writer                             Hafizah Geter
Writer                             Ann Stotts
LUKE PATTERSON is Racine native and sophomore in college studying music composition and English.  He spent the past semester in Varanasi, India studying sitar and dodging irate water buffalo.  He is happy to be back home on the piano and honored to part of the BONK! series.
HAFIZAH GETER is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. The recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BOXCAR Poetry Review, RHINO, Drunken Boat, Columbia Poetry Review, New Delta Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Linebreak, among others. www.hafizahgeter.com
ANN STOTTS has been writing poetry since 1973. She has been published in many remote, mostly-defunct magazines .  She received a master’s degree in creative writing through the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s been teaching writing at the college level for the last 27 years and currently teaches at Gateway Technical College where she is the Racine poetry editor for the Red Hawk Review.
 
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
 
Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule
Saturday, February 14th
 
Saturday, March 8th
BONK! loves you :)
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