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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Mark your calendars…
 
 
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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BONK! 58
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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BONK! 57
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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poet                   Adrian Matejka
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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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BONK! 56
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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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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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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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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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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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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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.

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