BONK! 109 @ The Branch

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This month’s event will be held at The Branch at 1501, 1501 Washington Ave, Racine, Wisconsin. The Branch at 1501 is a historical venue with a modern vibe, located in the heart of the artistic Uptown neighborhood of Racine.


Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, & a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She has also been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize & a 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Her poems & reviews have appeared in BlackbirdNinth LetterCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewPleiadesFour Way Review, & elsewhere. Born in Houston, Texas, the Indian American poet earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She recently completed the Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, & currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.
Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy, and the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015), as well as the chapbook, Inadequate Grave (YesYes Books, 2016). YesYes Books will publish a full-length collection in 2017-18. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, Juniper Summer Writers’ Institute, and Seaside Writers’ Conference. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009Tin House, Boston ReviewGuernicaMemoriousThe Progressive, and American Literary Review.
Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago’s live music scene as a band leader, sideman, and show curator. Sam Trump is also a long standing member of HipHop/Soul/Jazz band “Sidewalk Chalk”, who’s 4th album, AN ORCHID IS BORN (produced by multi-Grammy Winner, Robert “Sput” Searight) was released on Ropeadope Records in 2017, along with a massive 55-city tour. His two latest Official Music Videos have received critical global acclaim for their positive message and imagery. Check out “Brother” & “Cheers” at www.SamTumpOnline.com.

BONK! 108 – 100 Thousand Poets For Change

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For this event, BONK! is partnering with Racine Revitalization Partnership and Treasures of Uptown. Treasures of Uptown is a street festival brought together with nonprofits and area businesses that will include live music, dance performances, local restaurants, food trucks, and open doors to the unique curiosities offered by local merchants. The event will also launch The Vital Art Project for a 30 day run in pop-up art galleries throughout the neighborhood.

This month’s event will be part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world. For more information about this amazing project, click here.

BONK! is looking for poets, musicians, and other artists to perform/display their work at this event. Performers will have about 5 minutes each to perform one original piece pertaining to social, environmental, and/or political change. If you are a visual artist, you will have 5 minutes to explain your work.

If you are interested in performing at this event, contact us via e-mail, (bonk.racine@gmail.com) phone, (262-989-2930, ask for Alex) or message us on Facebook. Please include your:
Name:
E-mail:
Phone:
Type: (poetry, music, essay, short story, visual art, etc.)
Subject of piece: (optional)

Performers will be added to the list on a first come, first serve basis. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Calling All Poets, Musicians, and Artists for BONK! 108

For BONK! 108, we will be celebrating 100 Thousand Poets for Change. On September 30th, 2017, poets from all the globe will be hosting events for poets, musicians, artists, and activists to come together and read poems about social, environmental, and political change. For more information about this amazing project, click here.

BONK! is looking for poets, musicians, and other artists to perform/display their work at this event. Performers will have about 5 minutes each to perform one original piece pertaining to social, environmental, and/or political change. If you are a visual artist, you will have 5 minutes to explain your work.

If you are interested in performing at this event, contact us via e-mail, (bonk.racine@gmail.com) phone, (262-989-2930, ask for Alex) or message us on Facebook. Please include your:

Name:

E-mail:

Phone:

Type: (poetry, music, essay, short story, visual art, etc.)

Subject of piece: (optional)

Performers will be added to the list on a first come, first serve basis. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

BONK! Video Update

Our awesome video homie, Peg, has just completed a massive upload of past BONK! video. Take a look at these fantastic past performances and as always don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

BONK! 104 – Saturday, May 20, 2017

George Bray Neighborhood YMCA

Franklin K.R. Cline

https://youtu.be/csq0izCjV7w

Duriel Harris

https://youtu.be/HAhJAhIT8o8

Curtis Crump

https://youtu.be/JVpYisyJyqo

 

BONK! 103 – Saturday, April 29th, 2017

iMET Center

Local Spotlight:  Manar Mohammad

https://youtu.be/DBw3jH-u-7g

Esteban Colon

https://youtu.be/qciwlIoAwfg

Kara Candito

https://youtu.be/a7qyPhmESzo

Benjamin Mubiru Mulwana

https://youtu.be/qwW3R3J8cGQ

 

BONK! 101 – Saturday, February 25, 2017

Racine Arts Council

Kenzie Allen

https://youtu.be/ZJL3JS2A6vU

Gint Aras

https://youtu.be/hRXjAT_AzGQ

Koku Gonza

https://youtu.be/Ikyz88A3U7s

Local Spotlight:  Clyde Diedrick

https://youtu.be/kaVgMOWJsto

 

BONK! 100 – Saturday, January 21, 2017

Racine Public Library

Mexico City Is Sinking

https://youtu.be/REjdll95xco

The Barrow Band

https://youtu.be/x0Ac1O52qYw

BONK! Family Showcase

https://youtu.be/SN56rgztYL0

 

BONK! 95 – August 27, 2016

Eco Justice Center

Local Spotlight:  EarthTalinna Witbey

https://youtu.be/jMTdzIRSt2M

Tara Betts

https://youtu.be/cVUg-uXENwc

Mesha Arant

https://youtu.be/990j2cV0Eac

Philip Metres

https://youtu.be/PSIZR3ks4HI

 

BONK! 92 – May 14th, 2016

Case New Holland Headquarters

Abraham Smith

https://youtu.be/HSxpuZhvi9Y

Liza Day

https://youtu.be/GfJvtNO21qs

Janice Lee

https://youtu.be/PQ6dV5DOCFM

Local Spotlight – Kelsey Marie Harris

https://youtu.be/00TPu2wzgjI

 

BONK! 90 – March 19th, 2016

Gateway Technical College

Carlo Matos

https://youtu.be/BYzx8dWErGw

Moises Villavicencio Barras

https://youtu.be/KkfMR9w16w8

Dave Miller

https://youtu.be/KAbymJICQNk

Local Spotlight – Case Eagle Theater/Dark Side of the Rainbow

https://youtu.be/QfBNf1LTnFg

 

 

 

BONK! 107 @ Eco-Justice Center

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Come make some new animal friends as you enjoy poetry and music at the Eco-Justice Center! For more about the center, or for driving directions, click here.

Featuring:

Tom Montag, a poet and essayist from Fairwater WI, is the author of the memoir CURLEW:HOME and the poetry collections MIDDLE GROUND, THE BIG BOOK OF BEN ZEN, and IN THIS PLACE: COLLECTED POEMS 1982-2013. His other books of prose include KISSING POETRY’S SISTER and THE IDEA OF THE LOCAL. In 1982, Montag and his wife Mary founded the WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR, which they edited and published for three years. His poem “Lecturing My Daughter in Her First Fall Rain” was incorporated into the design of the Convention Center in Milwaukee, along with the work of 50 other Wisconsin writers. With David Graham, he is editing an anthology of poetry about American small towns.

Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2017. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published most recently in the Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She has work forthcoming in the Taos Journal of Poetry and Cloudthroat. Her short stories have appeared most recently in Rumpus online and Basta! 100+ Latina Against Gender Violence. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2014 for her essay, “The Making of the Latina Monologues.” She was the featured poet for the Latina Monologues from 2009 to 2011. She has her own press, Art Night Books, and will resume publishing other people’s work in 2018. She has been working with the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2005 and developed their youth poetry program.

Kai Andersen and The Pickups are an Americana indie rock band from Kenosha WI. Along with the front man of the self-titled group, the band also features Patrick Greer. They have been featured on stages in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and all over the Midwest. The band released an EP, called Part 1, this past February — a collection of five songs that have an “overriding love theme with a twist.” Part 2 is slated to be released this fall.