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SATURDAY, MAY 25TH
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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poet                   Coya Paz
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musician            Jeremy Jackson
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poet                   Sheera Talpaz
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COYA PAZ is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur. She teaches in the Theatre School at DePaul University, and is the Lead Artist for the Poetry Performance Incubator at The Guild Literary Complex.

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With over 8 years of experience, JEREMY JACKSON  (owner of Bleed Awesome video productions) has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Nike, Reebok, HP, P&G, GE, AOL, Motorola, AT&T, Hanes, Denny’s and artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, LeAnn Rimes, Kid Rock, Foxy Shazam and MGMT. Multi-faceted as a director, cinematographer and editor, Bleed Awesome is a one stop shop for all your brands, bands and business videos.

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SHEERA TALPAZ is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan, where she received a Hopwood Award in poetry. Her essays and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, The Collagist, Tablet and other journals, and her work has been nominated for a Puschart Prize. She is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University.

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BONK! 55
SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                   Matthew Guenette
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musician            Serita Cheeks
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poet                   Daniel Bosch
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MATTHEW GUENETTE was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in Newport, NH. He is the author of two books. His most recent collection, American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), was inspired by his years busing tables at a vast and horrifying warehouse of a seafood restaurant. His first book, Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008), won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize.  Matthew has been awarded residencies for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in numerous journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Cream City Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review  and others.  He lives, works and loses sleep in Madison, Wisconsin.
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SERITA CHEEKS grew up with the sounds of Motown, funk, gospel, and old school R&B as the four walls surrounding her childhood in Aurora, Illinois, discovering a love for music in her youth. She currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she has developed a style that is truly unique and unlike other female singers in sound, style and show. Writing all of her own songs, Serita’s earthy sound is rooted in rich tones that embrace experiences and blend them down into a smooth collection of life that’s easy to catch hold of. Serita’s music reflects her influences. She pulls in various musicians, always creating a unique show with fresh songs – pop beats with cool R&B, soul, funk rhythms, and rock, allowing for nothing less than an internal jam session. Cheeks has played local coffee shops to arena shows ­– in Texas, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Local performances include Music on the Monument, Harborfest, Bastille Days, and opening for Jon Mclaughlin at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI as well as Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI. Internationally, Serita has played in various cities in Germany, Wales and England.

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DANIEL BOSCH’s poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, Partisan Review, Agni, Poetry Daily, and Harvard Review, where he was Poetry Editor for Issues 19 and 20. His set of four poems riffing on the films of Tom Hanks won the first Boston Review Poetry Prize (1998), and his book Crucible was published by Other Press in 2002.

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BONK! 54
SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                     Matt Hart
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poet                    Joshua Ware
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musician             Emily Forst
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Matt Hart is the author of four books of poems, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012). A fifth collection, Debacle Debacle, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N BKS in 2013. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.
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Joshua Ware lives in Cleveland, OH where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture Press Books) and several chapbooks, most recently How We Remake the World (Slope Editions) with Trey Moody, SDVIG (alice blue books) with Natasha Kessler, and Imaginary Your (Greying Ghost Press).

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Emily Forst is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. She is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. Her debut album, Here We Go, recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios, New York City, is a timely collection of songs of hope, healing, and faith in the face of loss. Her music combines elements of pop, rock and soul, with layers of acoustic guitars and a full rock band.  There are sultry ballads, reminiscent of Fiona Apple, alongside anthemic stadium rockers à la U2. Emily’s strong yet vulnerable vocals span effortlessly across octaves and genres. It’s in her singing that we feel the emotional honesty of these songs, matched by artistry and nuance.  The album is a blast of fresh air in a genre starved of creativity. This may be a debut, but it’s packed with staying power. Though the tracks are as diverse as the dream-paved streets of New York City, one thing is certain: Emily Forst is a musical talent to be reckoned with, writing lyrics that linger long after the music stops playing.

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MEXICO CITY IS SINKING (MARCO JAIMEZ) ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
W/ SPECIAL GUEST:
JACKSON POTTER OF THE BARROW BAND
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
RACINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
75 7TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM
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You’ve heard Racine’s own Marco Jaimez playing at BONK! solo and in the duo I Have Three Hands.  Now, with the release of his first album, under the handle Mexico City Is Sinking, the Racine Public Library is proud to present Marco’s album release party, with special guest Jackson Potter of The Barrow Band.  This concert is free and open to the public.
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BONK! 53
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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musician              Kiran Vee (of Fresh Cut Collective)
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poet                    Quraysh Ali Lansana
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poet                   Ching-In Chen
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KIRAN VEE (aka Bellse Soneek) is a writer, musician, producer, and youth advocate from Milwaukee, WI. He is best known for his powerful and engaging live performances with hip hop fusion quintet, Fresh Cut Collective. Winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award for best hip hop group, Fresh Cut Collective has been building a substantial regional following for the past few years, and has had the honor of performing with such hip hop legends as The Roots, De La Soul, and Slick Rick. In 2012, Kiran was named Most Influential Milwaukeean in the area of arts and culture. He is currently working on his thesis project for the Master’s program in the Liberal Studies department at UWM. The project is a film built around nine original songs that explore the rights of passage that individuals go through in asking the question “Who am I?” and how those personal quests for authenticity–for truth, for the real–fit into a larger picture in an increasingly connected global society.

A graduate of Case High School, Kiran is very excited to come back to Racine and perform.

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QURAYSH ALI LANSANA is author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004) and the poetry collection Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000); The Big World, a children’s book, (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and three poetry chapbooks, bloodsoil (sooner red) (Center for the American Land, May 2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (Pudding House Publications, 2006) and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). His work has been published widely in journals and magazines across the country and internationally, including Callaloo, American Poetry Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS).  Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow.  He has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states.

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CHING-IN CHEN is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston. They are cream city review’s editor-in-chief.

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BONK! 52
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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musician              Frankie Flowers 
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poet                     Sarah Fox
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musician             Barnum’s Giant
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Frankie Flowers first came to be in November of 2006 in the stock room of a Foot Locker. He had been writing since childhood and, after coming into contact with some co-workers and friends, he decided to try his hand at rapping. By the fall of 2007 he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in music full-time. In December of 2008, he released his first album titled The Storyteller. After he returned home to Milwaukee, Frankie released his sophomore album New Beginning (Dec 2009), followed by Never Forget (Mar 2011). By the summer of 2011, Frankie teamed up with long time friend Jay One to form a high energy dynamic duo known as The Local Nobodies. In 2012 they released two projects, The Ep and The Ap, ultimately leading up to their full album The L. By the spring of 2013 Frankie plans to release his fourth solo album titled Phase II: The Journey. To learn more or to check out Frankie’s music and videos, visit http://frankieflowersmusic.com/.

From Frankie Flowers:”I’ve decided to donate 5% of all sales in 2013 to two charities, the lupus foundation of America and the surviving bullies charity. My mom has lupus and I’ve worked with kids in the inner city of Milwaukee who experience being bullied so I’m just trying to do my part.  It’s not much, but whatever I can do to bring awareness to both issues, I’m all for it.”  The merchandise link is http://frankieflowersmusic.com/shop/

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Sarah Fox was born and raised in Milwaukee, and now lives in Northeast Minneapolis where she co-directs, with John Colburn, the Center for Visionary Poetics. Coffee House Press published her first book, Because Why, in 2006 and will release The First Flag in early 2013. She teaches writing and poetics, contributes to the multi-author arts and culture blog Montevidayo, and also serves as a doula. Recent work appears in Conduit, Action Yes, Whole Beast Rag, Fence, We Are So Happy To Know Something, Poetry City USA Vol. 2, Spout, Rain Taxi, LUNGFULL!, and others. She performs poetry rituals and other intersubjective actions in public and private spaces around the Twin Cities and beyond.

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Barnum’s Giant is an alternative rock duo formed in the summer of 2012. Based in Milwaukee, Barnum’s Giant’s Billy Rayson & Kiefer Matthias connect between jazz/rock influenced drumming and intricate folk rock finger picking guitar, complimented by a voice that swings the melody of the lyrics, with walk-full bass licks featured live by Travis Johnson. Having recorded all their own songs, along with designing their own website and managing a diverse social media platform- Barnum’s Giant is sure to leave you with the old school rock element society needs. Be on the lookout for their EP ‘Cold Reader’ to be released this month.

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BONK! 51
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                    Nikki Wallschlaeger
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poet                     Russell Jaffe 
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musician             The November Criminals
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Nikki Wallschlaeger lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the author of one chapbook, Head Theatre ( 2007) which etched itself out of her palms unexpectedly. Her hands continue to talk, which is why she writes. Publications include Esque, The Smoking Poet, Word Riot,Pirene’s Fountain, and DecomP .When she’s not writing, she plays the djembe drum in a radical community marching band, The Milwaukee Molotov Marchers.

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Russell Jaffe is the editor of Strange Cage (strangecage.org), a handmade chapbook poetry press that also runs a reading series. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, This Super Doom I Aver (Poets Democracy, ’13) and the chapbooks DOOM’D zone 1 and zone 2 (Strange Cage, ’12), (accompanied by pushpins and balloons) (The Red Ceilings, ’11), and note/worthy (Scantily Clad, ’08). His poems have appeared in The Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, La Petite Zine, American Letters & Commentary, Action Yes, and others. He lives in Iowa City where he volunteers with the Iowa Youth Writing Project, teaches at Riverside High School, and collects 8-tracks.

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The November Criminals consists of emcees SpadeOne, Brümeister and NTSC; three friends who joined forces with a shared love of Hip-Hop, Polka, culture and heritage. They are undeniably the world’s first non-ironic Hip-Hop Polka band. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the band got together initially to cut one track for the album Burdock #10. That song would become Nachtwurst, and would spawn a collaboration of titans.  SpadeOne (Tahrim Tatum) is a Milwaukee based rapper and promoter of epic proportions. He is an integral member of myriad groups including Milwaukee’s BoomBox Saints and One Sound Border to name but a few.  Brümeister (Keith G.) is a poet, brewer and publisher par-exellance. He publishes Burdock Magazine and hosts Burdock Radio among other creative projects. He is the brains of the operation.  The award winning NTSC (Evan M.) is a Milwaukee-born melodeon player and multimedia specialist. He constitutes the swearingest member of the group as he has no children like Spade, and no common decency like Keith.

This Month Brings Us 3 BONK!-related Events.  Woo Hoo!

 
First Event:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
THE HOUSE
921 MAIN STREET
RACINE, WI
7PM (doors open 6:30)
A SPECIAL POETRY READING CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF 3 NEWS BOOKS BY FRIENDS OF BONK!
featuring:
Sarah Towle (Racine)
Dan Nielsen (Racine)
Kathleen Rooney  (Chicago)
Joel Craig (Chicago)
& Nick Twemlow (Iowa City)
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Second Event:
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th
RACINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
75 7th STREET
RACINE, WI 53403
6PM
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3 Great Bands @ The Greatest Cultural Institution this side of Mars!
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 Come out for an awesome night at THE RACINE PUBLIC LIBRARY. This show will be excellent!
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Lauryn Peacock: http:// www.laurynpeacock.bandcamp. com/
Kevin Schlereth: http:// www.kevinschlereth.com/
Families: http://www.facebook.com/ familiesband
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And of course, the….
Third Event!!!:


NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS EVENT:

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
CUP OF HOPE
507 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)

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FEATURING:
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poet           Hannah Gamble
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poet           Roger Reeves
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music          Ivy Thieves

HANNAH GAMBLE is the Author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, which was selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her poems and interviews appear in APR, jubilat, Indiana Review, and Forklift, Ohio.

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ROGER REEVE’S poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and the Indiana Review, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Recently, he earned his MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing at the University of Texas. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Texas and an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2013.

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IVY THEIEVES are a husband and wife duo fusing the sounds of etherial rock with rootsy acoustic folk earthiness. Stories of the sky and stories of the soil are unpacked through the tight harmonies and intricate guitar work of this anglo-american pair. These are stories of life, love, trial and favor; hope, suffering and grace, written from the secret place of the heart. Ivy Thieves are a band who want to connect on more than an an audience/performer level; they want to invite you into their journey through vulnerability and engaging music and leave you with something more than a song.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE

FOR THIS SPECIAL FUNDRAISER EVENT

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th
RACINE URBAN LEAGUE BUILDING!!!
718 NORTH MEMORIAL DRIVE
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Dasha Kelly has performed spoken word and delivered creativity workshops to writers, youth, co-eds, executives, inmates and artists throughout the U.S.  She is founder and director of Still Waters Collective, an arts initiative that provides youth programming to local schools and community groups, as well as curates a series of performance art showcases for adults.   She’s been invited to perform on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, at the National Performers Network Conference, with Grammy-nominated Angie Stone and a host of colleges, conventions and open mic venues.   Dasha’s first novel, All Fall Down, earned her a position on Written Word Magazine’s Top Ten List of Up-and-Coming Writers of the Midwest. A featured story from her latest collection of work, Hershey Eats Peanuts (Penmanship Books 2009), was a finalist in the Abbey Hill Literary Awards.  Recently, Dasha was listed on OnMilwaukee.com’s list of “Top 100 Coolest Milwaukeeans,” where she lives with her two daughters and a cat named Shkoobi.

Nick Demske is a rogue librarian, His first book is titled “Nick Demske” and it lifts its voice to the heavens in sweet, maniacal song.  Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey.  A year ago, he went on a month and a half-long, cross-country book tour that involved giving 43 readings, driving over 10,000 miles, having his vehicle searched for drugs by Kansas state troopers and sleeping in 5—count them, 5!—Walmart parking lots across the nation.  Is there anything more patriotic?  Probably.  However, Nick also curates the BONK! performance series in Racine, which is basically like Christmas every month.  You may visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com.  In fact, you are hereby contractually obligated to do just that.  Amen.

After dropping out of high school to hitch-hike the country, Brent Mitchell worked for five or six years as a cowboy in Texas. During that time he began playing his music in Texas, and soon he was playing it throughout the US, Mexico, and the UK. His kudos include a 2005 Grammy listing for his song Hand of God, and spots on PBS’s Texas Music Cafe, SXSW, and on a number of festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival. His songs are included on the soundtrack of the movie Partners in Crime and have been recorded by Colin Boyd, Bonnie Whitmore, and other Austin and Nashville artists.  He has shared the stage and studio with a long list of top, Americana, blues, and country acts over the years. Of all these, he is especially fond of his work with jazz bass player Drew Phelps on Phelps’ debut, which they later performed in Texas and New York. He now resides in Kenosha with his wife Stephanie, who teaches at Carthage College, and his four children. Brent also has a band, the Brent Mitchell Trio, which is about to release a CD of live tracks from a recent performance in Texas.

The event will also have an open mic component mixed in throughout the night, with poets and musicians from the community sharing their own work.  The event is free and open to the public, though there is a suggested $10 donation.  There will also be potluck and bake sale goods available for purchase, with all the proceeds going to support the Urban League’s literacy programs.

Open mic participants will be given 5 minutes each to perform.  People wanting to participate in the open mic segment of the event are highly encouraged to preregister as early as possible for a spot by sending an e-mail to nick.demske@racinelibrary.info.  Please include your name and talent in the e-mail.  There are very few spots available so preregister early to ensure that you can participate.

TWO BONK! EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

September 5, 2012

SPECIAL BONK! EVENT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th
BLACK EYED PRESS
312 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
7PM (doors open 6:30)

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Because we are fortunate enough to be on the route of two currently touring poets–Jenny Zhang and Zachary Schomburg–we’re hosting an extra event this month to welcome them, along with friend Nate Slawson, to the World Poetry Headquarters that is–Racine!
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Nate Slawson is the author of Panic Attack, USA (YesYes Books, 2011) and three chapbooks, including The Suburbs of My Heart (YesYes Books, 2013). He lives in Chicago where he teaches and designs books for The New Megaphone.

Jenny Zhang is the author of the poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012.) Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Jezebel, Glimmertrain, The Iowa Review, The Guardian, Diagram, and Vice magazine. She writes for teenage girls at Rookie magazine, and teaches high school students in the Bronx.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of Fjords vol. 1 (Black Ocean, 2012), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009), and The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007). He lives in Portland, OR, where co-does Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series.

Join us for what will be one of the last events the Black Eyed Press has in their downtown location.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Sole Tempest has been speaking in ink and using lined paper for tissue since she learned how to write. She is the co-host of a weekly open mic venue, “Woosah Wednesdays” and her album “Poeticmindz Productions Presents: The Calm Before…” was released in 2008. Her second album, “I of the Storm,” will be released this November.
Toni Asante Lightfoot is a native of Washington, DC. She has been writing and performing around the Western Hemisphere for 20 years. She is the coeditor of Dream of A Word: a Tia Chucha Press anthology and editor of the It’s Your Mug 15th Anniversary Anthology. She was the director of writing programs at Young Chicago Authors. When the economy turned she decided to have the most mellow midlife crisis ever by going back to school for massage therapy and acupuncture. She is also currently trying desperately to raise a 3 year old child and keep her writing from revolving around that.

Leah O! is a Milwaukee based badass that spends her days drinking too much coffee, making crafts, and laughing with friends. Her songs are simple folk punk melodies all about her everydays, everynights, and crazy life in this world.  They’re ridiculous.  For proof of this, click here.

 

Come to both events.  Let your dreams come true!

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BONK! 47
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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poet                     David Tomaloff
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musician               Candice Nokes
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POCKET RENAISSANCE is an annual summer arts program for teens held in Racine’s own Black Eyed Press studio. The Pocket Renaissance team consists of seven teens who are passionate about written and visual art. This past July was Pocket Renaissance’s sophomore season. The teens met with professional artists and
writers, took “field trips” to important local art destinations, and created two collaborative book projects which are both available at their headquarters, the Black Eyed Press. Pocket Renaissance is all about inspiring and enlightening young artists and writers, and about putting art and community back in the same sentence.
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DAVID TOMALOFF builds things out of ampersands and light. His work has appeared in several chapbooks, anthologies, and in fine publications such as Mud Luscious, A-Minor, >kill author, PANK, and elimae. He is also coauthor of the collaborative poetry collection YOU ARE JAGUAR, with Ryan W. Bradley (Artistically Declined Press, 2012). Send him threats: davidtomaloff.com
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CANDICE NOKES, vocalist and songwriter, has been playing in the Milwaukee music scene for the last 21 years. Currently, she most often plays music with her husband, Mark Truesdell, forming their duo (sometimes trio), The Spirals. Candice has also played as part of the band “Mark Truesdell & The Lost Pioneers,” as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. Candice invested her first summer as a guitar instructor and band coach at Girls Rock Camp in Madison in June 2011. Investing musical and self confidence building time with girls ages 8 – 18 brings both of Candice’s passions together at one time, as she is also a psychologist.
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