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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FEATURING:
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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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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

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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
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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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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Musician                   Kevin Getzen

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Writer                     Soham Patel

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Writer                    Sueyeun Juliette Lee

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KEVIN GETZEN is a hiphop artist from Racine, Wisconsin. Originally Kevin Brown, the name“Getzen” is a tribute to the type of trumpet that he and his father both played. After following his father in studying trumpet, It wasn’t until Getzen tapped into a talent he credits to his mother, writing poetry, that he first started to write lyrics and listen to rap and hip hop. . Now having performed on numerous occasions as well as opening for artists Add-2, Curren$y, Jason Derulo and Far East Movement, Kevin continues to just thank God for the support and blessings that he is given.

SOHAM PATEL’s first chapbook, and nevermind the storm, came out from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs in 2013.  Her work has been included in Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel, the Volta, and various other journals.  She is studying creative writing in Milwaukee at the University of Wisconsin and lives in Bay View with her little white dog.

SUEYEUN JULIETTE LEE is a poet and graduate candidate at Temple University, and teaches creative writing and literature courses at Richard Stockton College, as well as language craft for the College of Art Media and Design at the University of the Arts. She is a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts and the cofounder of COROLLARY PRESS. Her  third full-length collection, SOLAR MAXIMUM, is forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2014.

And of course, BONK! LOVES YOU! :)

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Writer                             Suzanne Scanlon
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Writer                             Amina Cain
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SUZANNE SCANLON is the author of PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012). Her work has appeared in BOMBThe Iowa ReviewDIAGRAM, and many other places. She lives in Chicago. You can find her at suzannescanlon.com
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AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI is the author of the novel FRA KEELER (Dorothy, a publishing project), and the chapbook Girona (New Herring Press). She is an Iranian-American writer of fiction and non-fiction, and has lived in Iran, America, Spain, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Catalonia, Spain. She is co-author of the Words Without Borders dispatch series ArtistsTalk: Israel/Palestine and is at work on a second project entitledThe Catalan Literary Landscape, an exploration of notions of journey and the intersections between landscape and literature. She currently teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame and lives in Indiana. Read more about Azareen at her website.
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AMINA CAIN is the author of two collections of stories: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as BOMB, n+1, Denver Quarterly, and Two Serious Ladies. She lives in Los Angeles.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6th STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Announcing our first ever….
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BONK! BRUNCH
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
PINK MAGNOLIA RESTAURANT
240 MAIN STREET
RACINE, WI
11:30-1:30
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Love coming to BONK! but wish there were more time to meet other people there and get to know them? Then you should come to the first ever BONK! brunch. This brunch will be co-hosted by Family Power Music and Grassroots Wednesdays open mic series (which is also held in the Racine Arts Council, like BONK!).
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This event, which will be held the day after the next BONK! event, is a time to get to make friends in your local arts community. It will be held in downtown Racine at The Pink Magnolia restaurant, which has been one of BONK!’s sponsors for years now.
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YOU MUST REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH TO COME TO THIS EVENT. To register, simply call The Pink Magnolia at 262-898-1811 and let them know you will be at the BONK!/ Family Power Brunch.
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Thanks and we can’t wait to see you there!
BONK! 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
312 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
 
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FEATURING:           
 
The Outgoing Racine & Kenosha Poets Laureate
     Musicians       Good Evening (pictured above)
 
And a Special Open Mic!
 
THE RACINE & KENOSHA POET LAUREATES INITIATIVE was started 4 years ago to honor stand-out poets in the communities of Kenosha and Racine counties, as well as to promote literacy and the healing power of poetry throughout South East Wisconsin and beyond.  In 2010, ANGIE AKERwas selected to be Kenosha county’s first poet laureate; STEPHEN KALMAR II and DARIN ZIMPEL were selected to be the co-laureates of Racine county.  To celebrate the succesful laureateships of our first poetry representatives, all three laureates will read from their work for this event. Plus–we will be announcing the new Poets Laureate of Racine and Kenosha at this event.  BONK! is honored to host our outgoing Poets Laureate for this reading, as well as to have the chance to announce the incoming laureates at our 5 year anniversary event!
 
In 2011, GOOD EVENING gave one of the best performances BONK! has ever seen to one of the smallest audiences we’ve ever had.  We wanted to give Wisconsin another chance to see these outstanding Chicago musicians so BE SURE to catch their performance this time around.  To get a taste of their sounds, check out the video of their last BONK! performance here.
 
The OPEN MIC currently has no spots left.  Woot!  Get ready for Marco Jaimez, Nick Ravnikar, Manar Mohammad, Candice Nokes, Brent Mitchell, Justin Grimbol and many more.  Even a special guest appearance by….duh duh dunnnnn!!!!–NICK DEMSKE’S DAD (Dave)! 
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Thanks for 5 fantastic years of poetry, music and all other types of artistic expression everyone.  It couldn’t have been done without you. 
 
See you at the birthday party : )
 
BONK! 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
312 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)

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2013 Event Schedule
 
Saturday, October 19th
BONK!’s 5 year anniversary event!
Max Garland (Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate)
& an Open Mic
 
Saturday, November 9th
 
Saturday, December 14th
 
 
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st
SPECIAL LOCATION–ECO-JUSTICE CENTER
7133 MICHNA RD.
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
 
BRING BLANKETS TO SIT ON !!
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Poets                         Francesco Levato             Kiki Petrosino
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Poet, translator, and filmmaker Francesco Levato is the author of four books of poetry: Endless, Beautiful, Exact (Argotist, 2011); Elegy for Dead Languages (Marick Press, 2010); War Rug, a book length documentary poem (Plastique Press, 2009); and Marginal State (Fractal edge Press, 2006). He has translated into English the works of Italian poets Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing(Marick Press, 2010), and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Drunken Boat, Versal, Otoliths, The Progressive, OmniVerse, Lightning’d Press, Certain Circuits, Moria, VLAK Magazine, Slope, SpringGun, Ping Pong, E-ratio, On Barcelona, Poets & Artists, Another Chicago Magazine, Poetry International, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Cordite Poetry Review, and LA Review. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He is the founder and director of the Chicago School of Poetics, holds an MFA in poetry from New England College, and is pursuing a PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University.
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Kiki Petrosino is the author of two poetry collections: Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009) and Hymn for the Black Terrific (Sarabande, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Fence, Gulf Coast, The New York Times, and elsewhere. With fellow poet Dan Rosenberg, she is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal. Kiki Petrosino is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she teaches creative writing..
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Musicians                    The Barrow Band
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The Barrow Band is a folk group based out of the Twin Cities, consisting of five members.
The members of The Barrow Band come together from many influences and all contribute to the creation of the music.
The Barrow Band has a wide range of sound from a stripped down acoustic set consisting of just a couple of members
or the full electric five piece band. The sound is highly influenced from the natural places of the world, but especially
the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota where the band originally formed.
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Weather Permitting, this event will be held outside.  Bring some blankets to sit on and get ready for a beautiful night at an Ecological and Just location (the Eco-Justice Center)!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st
SPECIAL LOCATION–ECO-JUSTICE CENTER
7133 MICHNA RD.
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 13th

SPECIAL LOCATION–NANCY’S LAKE HOUSE

1911 WISCONSIN AVE.

RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Poetry Super Group-                                                    Line Assembly (Adam Atkinson, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Zachary Harris, Ben Pelhan, Anne Marie Rooney, and S.E. Smith)


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Nineteen year old Katie Lafond has the soulful sound that you would not expect to come out of her.  Katie started playing guitar and writing songs in high school. Within a year she had compiled quite a list of songs and started posting her favorite originals and covers on YouTube. She recorded her first CD at Looking Glass Productions in Milwaukee.  Katie released “Race Your Pulse” to rave reviews in May of 2010 with a party at the Racine Arts Council. In 2010 Katie played at Summerfest as a part of the WAMI Youth Showcase and has won the 2011 WAMI “Rising Star” award.  Katie’s original, “Life’s a Love Song,” was a winner of WAMI’s CD Roulette competition.  WAMI is the Wisconsin Area Music Industry organization. Katie won the 2011 Rock the Ark competition presented by Noah’s Ark. Today, Katie is a freshman at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and continues to play and sing at venues through the area. She is currently in production of a new LP with the experimental post-rock band, Red and the Wolf, and a new LP of her own music.
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AND HERE’S INFO FOR A FREE POETRY WORKSHOP EARLIER THE SAME DAY, presented by the poetry super group Line Assembly–

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Line Assembly, a group of six poets touring the nation to give readings and workshops, will visit the Racine Public Library on Saturday, July 13, to give a free poetry workshop for readers and writers at all levels.

Beginning at 2pm and lasting approximately an hour and a half, the workshop will consist of activities that generate new poems, as well as conversations about sustaining a life of writing for participants and members of their communities. Participants will also be encouraged to share poems or other writing that inspires them, resources to find more poetry, and thoughts on what they’d like to see in their own communities.

The central premise of Line Assembly’s workshop is the belief that poetry is all around us, very much alive, and always changing. It is written in classrooms and break rooms, in parking lots and under covers. The poets of Line Assembly will bring what they know to the conversation and ask only that participants come with enthusiasm, an open mind, and the following suggested items: pen or pencil, favorite poems/quotes/lyrics, and whatever they use to jot down their ideas.

Line Assembly is made up of six poets who met in college and have continued to collaborate during the past ten years because of their shared love of poetry and community:

ADAM ATKINSON is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah
and the co-editor of OH NO. His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review,
Caketrain, and others.

LILLIAN-YVONNE BERTRAM is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University
of Utah. Her poetry collection, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, was published
by Red Hen Press in 2012. Her chapbook, cutthroat glamours, is forthcoming from
Phantom Limb Press in 2013.

ZACHARY HARRIS holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University and
teaches at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 School. His chapbook,
There is another poem, in which the news is erased and rewritten, was published by
New Michigan Press in 2010.

BEN PELHAN holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University and
teaches young students pursuing GEDs in New Orleans. His poems and videos
have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Spork, and others.

ANNE MARIE ROONEY holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University.
Her poetry collection, Spitshine, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press
in 2012, and her second chapbook, Shell of an egg in effort, is forthcoming in 2013.

S.E. SMITH is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the
founding editor of OH NO. Her poetry collection, I Live in a Hut, was published by
Cleveland State University Press in 2012.

Line Assembly is made possible by the support of more than 300 individual donors,
as well as the Puffin Foundation and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. NOTICE: Some
portions of the workshop may be documented on film. Appearing on film is not
required in order to participate in the workshop.

For more information or to view examples of past Line Assembly workshop activities
please visit http://lineassembly.com. You may also contact Nick Demske at 262-619-
2570 or nick.demske@racinelibrary.info

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Line Assembly raise more than $18,000 in grassroots support, search online for
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And Last–Here’s the latest article written about the BONK! series by BONK! Director, Nick Demske, and published at the Library As Incubator Project Website.  Enjoy!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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poet                   Carrie Olivia Adams
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Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She is the author of Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013), Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009), and the chapbook “A Useless Window.”
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Listeners of Jim Green’s music quickly realize, this musician is not bound by the usual sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar. Weaving between musical genres such as Folk, Blues and New Age, Green creates enchanting soundscapes to percussively driven fingerstyle songs that fully illustrate his uniqueness in the world of guitar players. He is a 2004 Guitar Idol Champion and has been named One of the best independent artists in the Midwest by the Editors of Billboard Magazine.
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Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin in 2009. Mixology was subsequently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His new collection, The Big Smoke, was published by Penguin in May 2013. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry ReviewThe Best American PoetryGulf CoastPoetryPloughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies.
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