BONK! 112 @ Gallery on 16th

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BONK! 112
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2018
GALLERY ON 16TH
1405 16TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open at 5:30pm)



Esteban Colon is one of the 2018 co-poet laureates of Kenosha. His work has found print in a variety of journals and anthologies. The writer of “Things I Learned the Hard Way,” he is also the author of chapbooks This Frankenstein Union (Crisis Chronicles Press), Edgar Avenue (Naked Mannequin Press) and Between Blue Lines (Exact Change Press). His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, chapbooks and anthologies. Co-founder of the Waiting 4 the Bus poetry collective, he’s graced a wide variety of stages in the Chicago land area and southern Wisconsin.



Carly Anne Ravnikar
is a punk artist native to South Eastern Wisconsin. 2017 co-poet laureate of Kenosha, she is an eloquent hoarder of poems and crafts who struggles to remain within the confines of society. She works professionally in higher education, semi-regularly as a yoga instructor, and constantly as a poor schmuck strung out on manic creative energy.



Kenyatta “The Lyrical Lioness” Turner spent 25 years of successfully performing across the Midwest as a dancer, Hip Hop artist and actress, Kenyatta took a break from it all to peruse professional goals. She would subsequently be reintroduced to the stage at the Jus Joking Comedy Club in Waukegan, IL. where she rekindled her love affair with words. She has now evolved into poetry. Since this transition, Kenyatta has been named Princess of Poetry and is currently the president of the WI chapter of P.O.E.T (People of Extraordinary Talent). She is frequented on the local and national circuit; inclusive of performing on the main stage at the Black Women’s Expo, UniverSoul Circus and was selected as a featured performer for the legendary group “The Last Poets”.  She is a published author having five (5) pieces published in the P.O.E.T anthology Volume 1 entitled “Closed Mics Don’t Get Fed” and released a powerful poetic single entitled “G Girl”. Attributing to her accolades, Kenyatta was named the 2015 POET/HOST of the year, 2016 National Poetry Award winner for Video of the year and the 2016 Best Female Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Kenyatta is the 2017-2019 Poet Laureate of the city she now calls home; Racine, WI!

BONK! 111 @ Hot Shop Glass

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Poet         Adwoa Nyame Asentu
Poet         Mario “The Poet” Willis

Adwoa Nyame Asentu; 24; born and raised in Racine, WI; an artist who uses the written word, spoken word and visual art to plant seeds of liberation. She showcased her first body of artwork entitled “The Butterfly People” during the Fall of 2016 in UW-Parkside’s Foundation Gallery. She has presented original poetry at a number of venues, including the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and the Lake County Black Lives Matter Banquet. Adwoa is also a student at UW-Parkside and will be graduating Fall ’17.

Mario Willis is a freelance writer and former slam poet. A Milwaukee native and two time member of Milwaukee’s National Slam Team. After 7 years in the business of spoken word he has had the pleasure of featuring throughout Milwaukee and the Midwest. A member of P.S.I (Poetry Slam Incorporated), a PU (Poetry Unplugged) All-star, and a community activist. Mario’s voice represents the least fortunate and the hard working trying to bridge the gap between the classes with a irreverent style and original perspective. An unapologetic liberal and free thinker Mario’s work is a delightful excursion into the mind’s eye with his unflinching realism and artistic integrity, Mario the Poet is a story teller and poet of the highest order. His CD can be purchased at http://www.mariothepoet.bandcamp.com

The November Criminals create a raucous, energetic atmosphere with powerful melodies, head-nodding beats and fierce, conscious lyrics comprised of emcees Brümeister, Spade One and NTSC. Formed in 2011 from an unlikely collaboration, the band uniquely embodies what it is to be from the Midwest and Milwaukee in particular. They draw equally from the tenets of hip-hop and the roots of European, Slavic and Baltic musical traditions. There is nothing ironic or tongue-in-cheek about what they do. They are earnest, honest and viscerally raw in every performance. The band recently celebrated the release of their second full-length album, The Great War.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar – Submission Opportunity

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  • The theme for the 2019 calendar is “Celebrating Wisconsin People,” which includes Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Spanish-Speaking Americans, Bi-racial and Multi-racial Americans.
  • Shorter poems have a better chance of getting in. I want to include as many poems as possible.
  • To aid me in publishing as many as possible, there will be a strict 30 line limit, including stanza breaks. Lines longer than 60 characters count as 2 lines.
  • Poems celebrating inclusions, racial and cultural diversity will have a slight advantage. Poems should also be accessible as the calendar speaks to not just other poets but to all of the people in Wisconsin.
  • Submissions are open to all with a connection to Wisconsin, but strong preference will be given to those who are year-round (or almost year-round) residents.
  • Poems will be accepted in other languages, as long as an English translation is also submitted. There is a 15 line limit for each version (30 line limit in total).
  • Send no more than TWO poems, previously published is ok, but credit publisher and include year of publication.
  • Poems should arrive between September 1 and December 1, 2017. Poems before September 1 or after 11:59pm on December 1, 2017, will not be considered.
  • Email 1-2 poems in one (1) Word or Word-compatible file (no PDFs) to: 2019wfoppoetscalendar@gmail.com.
  • If you prefer, you may mail poems to: James Roberts, 324 Kedzie Street, Apt. 30, Madison, WI 53704. He will type and email to me. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelop for him to send you your final version.
  • Include, with email or mail submission. a short bio; a strict 30 word limit will be enforced.

For more information go to www.wfop.org 

BONK!sgiving All Ages Event

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Hey BONK!ers. This month we are doing something super special. We are teaming up with Family Power Music and What’s Up Racine and Eco-Justice Center for an all-ages BONK! Family celebration of food, fun, and music.

The event will be held at the Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, Racine, WI; from 6pm until 8pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. Parking will be available, and carpooling is encouraged. The event is free and open to the public, however, donations to the Eco-Justice Center are preferred.  Kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.

BONK!sgiving will be a potluck event. Please bring your favorite dish to pass, especially vegan food. Vegan food doesn’t have to be fancy. To be considered vegan, a dish cannot have any meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or animal products (such as most gelatin). A few outlets will be available for hot food. Cups, plates, silverware, beverages, and supplies for S’Mores will be provided.

There will also be a cake to celebrate and give thanks for Sister Janet Wyeker’s 13 years of service with Eco-Justice Center as executive director and volunteer coordinator. A book will be available for you to share your memories and photos of Sister Janet.

Children will be able to participate in a host of campfire games and activities. Starting at 7pm, there will be a large drum circle where everyone can come together and make music. Feel free to bring your own percussion or acoustic instruments. Other instruments will be provided to those who don’t have one.