February 27, 2015

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BONK! is a many-splendored thing, and so are your March performers:

 

 

FEATURING:            

Poet                        Ross Gay

Musician               Jordin Baas

Poet                        Adam Gottlieb

 

ROSS GAY is a kettlebell instructor and orchardist. His books are Against Which (CavanKerry, 2006), Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). He’s a founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call It Ballin’. He is working on his garden right now.
 
JORDIN BAAS brings a fresh clear-toned voice to songs of sadness, wistful hope, and wry social commentary, accompanied by languid acoustic guitar and raucous harmonica. Hailing from Milwaukee, she is currently attending music college and performing both solo and with a back up band. She has many other side projects including a Pop/Rock group called The Quiet Time, and an Electronic project called Novelty. Baas writes, records, and produces all of her material in her home ‘studio’. She enjoys longboards on the beach and can make a mean smoothie.
 
ADAM GOTTLIEB is a poet-emcee/teaching-artist/singer-songwriter/revolutionary from Chicago. As a teen, he was featured in the 2009 documentary film “Louder Than A Bomb,” about the world’s largest youth poetry slam festival by the same name. Since then, he has gone on to perform and teach widely throughout Chicago, the U.S., and even the world, working as a facilitator of safe spaces for creative expression, cultural community-building, and social activism.

 

 

 

 

BONK! 78
 SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST
 THE GRIND CAFE
7300 WASHINGTON AVE

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:30!)

January 13, 2015

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Wave goodbye (and good riddance) to February with us on the 28th.

 

FEATURING:    

Poet                       Kimberly Blaeser

Musician              Clayton Strasburg

Writer                  Rev William Grimbol 

KIMBERLY BLAESER is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to JusticeAbsentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You.  A Professor at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures, Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe who grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.  She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.  Her writing has been widely anthologized, most recently in The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Selections of her poetry have been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, and French.  Blaeser, is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems,” bringing together her work in photography and poetry.
CLAYTON STRASBURG is a singer/songwriter who has been a part of several Milwaukee based bands including Kingdom Nada, D.C. Monroe and Lemon Pie. He has produced two EPs and three full length albums, including his most recent eponymous album, to be released in February 2015. He will be performing an acoustic set with poet/singer Emily Hall from the folk group Lyra Vega.
 
REV WILLIAM GRIMBOL was minister of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine for many years after being confirmed and ordained there. He spent 25 years at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in New York where he ran a community center and worked with adolescents, then he returned to Racine to spend a couple more years preaching and retire. Rev Grimbol has written plays, books for teens, and Idiot’s Guide books on spiritual subjects. He loves to paint, and prints greeting cards with his paintings on them. He also blogs.

Please check out Nick Ramsey’s Kickstarter for his new album and promotional tour. Incentives include the album, admission to the CD release party, Nick’s poetry chapbook, custom verses written just for you, and a homemade dinner! He needs to raise $6,000 by March 10th. FAMILY POWER!

BONK! 77
 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH
 WUSTUM MUSEUM
2519 NORTHWESTERN AVE
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30!)

December 16, 2014

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Start the year off right with another BONK! at the Racine Arts Council.

 

 

FEATURING:            

Poet                        Daniel D’Angelo

Musician               Fumi Nishikiori-Nakayama

Poet                        Darlin Nikki

 

DANIEL D’ANGELO’s poems have appeared in The Collagist, H-ngm-n, Alice Blue, B O D Y, NOÖ Journal, and elsewhere. A former Poetry Editor of Phoebe, he is from eastern Iowa and lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he works as an editor.
“DARLIN NIKKI” JANZEN connects with youth and adults through her honest, vivid poetry.  She found spoken word poetry as a great means to inspire and encourage all human beings to connect and find joy in healing through poetry and other art forms. This two time Grand Slam Champion of Milwaukee was also the Women of the World Haiku Slam Champion in 2008. Currently, she co-hosts two shows in Milwaukee: Beat Poetry & Music Series & Express Yourself Youth Open Mic. She has graced the stage of the Mansion in Miami in the Slam Bush Contest hosted by Chuck D, competed on 5 National Slam Teams and continues to lead writing, poetry, publication and social justice workshops for both youth and adults and provides art & poetry residencies throughout Milwaukee   Her latest poetry recording project “Healing Broken” can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased from www.onelovepoetics.com
 

FUMI NISHIKIORI-NAKAYAMA is an ardent and accomplished student, teacher, composer, conductor and performer of both piano and harpsichord.  With degrees from both Roosevelt University’s Chicago Music College and Indiana University, as well training in eurhythmics and Dalcroze, she is often inspired to teach rhythm and music expression through movement and improvisation.  She currently teaches locally at Carthage where she is adjunct faculty member, and at UW Parkside.

 

 

BONK! T-shirts make an excellent stocking stuffers! They are available every day at the Racine Public Library and, of course, at every BONK! event. Happy holidays!

 
 

BONK! 76
 SATURDAY, JANUARY 10TH
 RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 SIXTH ST

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)

November 24, 2014

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Another BONK! is just around the corner!

FEATURING:          

Poet                        Heiko Julien

Musician               Kiran Vee

Poet                       LaTasha N Nevada Diggs

 
Heiko Julien is an American poet, short-story writer, musician, and Internet personality. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Julien ‘s stories, poetry, and essays have been published in n+1, Thought Catalog, Pop Serial, Shabby Doll House, and The Lifted Brow. His work has been described as being preoccupied with memes, media, and online community. Julien has cited authors Mark Leyner, Ben Brooks, Tao Lin, and blogger Steve Roggenbuck as central influences.
Kiran Vee (aka Q the Sun) is a songwriter/producer/performer from Milwaukee. For the past 6 years he has been recording and releasing music, performing, and touring with his group Fresh Cut Collective. Kiran and his group have shared the stage with national artists such as The Roots, De La Soul, Nelly, Ludacris, and Atmosphere, among others, and have received multiple awards. Kiran has used his diverse creative/professional experiences with FCC to create a multi-media youth arts program, Living Reflections, which provides opportunities for young people to process and share their experiences, emotions, and concerns through creative expression. He teaches practical, collaborative skills like music and video production, and encourages young people to seek knowledge of self through self-reflection and critical analysis of mass media and popular culture.
 
LaTasha N Nevada Diggs is more than an artist: as a vocalist, writer, sound artist, curator, director, and editor, Diggs has been widely published and featured at many galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of a book of poetry called TwERK, three chapbooks, and the album Televisíon. She was born and raised in Harlem, and her work concentrates on languages, media, history, and culture.

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 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH

 RACINE ARTS COUNCIL

316 SIXTH ST

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)

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Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule

October 30, 2014

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BONK! will be heating things up at Hot Shop glass November 22!

FEATURING:

Professor   Emily J. Lordi

Poet            J. Michael Martinez

Poet            Jericho Brown

 

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.   His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The NationThe New YorkerThe New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.  His first book, PLEASE, won the American Book Award, and his second book, THE NEW TESTAMENT, was recently released by Copper Canyon Press.  

J. MICHAEL MARTINEZ received the Walt Whitman Award from theAcademy of American Poets and he is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His latest book, from the University of Arizona Press, is In the Garden of the Bridehouse. He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his poetry has been anthologized in Ahsahta Press’s The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Rescue Press’s The New Census: 40 American Poets, and Counterpath Press’ Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin @ Writing.

EMILY J. LORDI is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (Rutgers UP, 2013). Her music reviews and other works of cultural criticism appear on New Black Man, The Feminist Wire, The New Inquiry, and The Root. She is writing a book on Donny Hathaway (Bloomsbury 33 ⅓ series) and a musical-literary history of the concept of “soul.”

 

BONK! 74

 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

 HOT SHOP GLASS

239 WISCONSIN AVE

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:30!)

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule

October 8, 2014

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BONK! is back at the Racine Arts Council for its 6th birthday with a few homespun Wisconsin favorites!

FEATURING:

Poet                      Nick Ramsey

Poet                      Jean Prestonton

Poet                      Max Garland

 

Don’t forget to pick up a free copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at the Racine Public Library or one of the other locations listed here and attend as many events as you can for The Big Read! 

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 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

 RACINE ARTS COUNCIL

316 6th STREET

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:30!)

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule

July 25, 2014

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This month, BONK! is making the trek out to the Eco-Justice center once again!

There will be poetry and music and fluffy animals!

 

 

FEATURING:

Poet/Music AM Ringwalt

Poet Joe Hall

Music Naomi Marie

AM RINGWALT is a writer and musician (Anne Malin) from Racine, Wisconsin and currently studying in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently, her words have appeared in: “Whole Beast Rag;” “DUM DUM Zine: Punks and Scholars;” “The Interlochen Review;” and “BROWN GOD.” Last year, she was a YoungArts finalist in fiction and a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist. Ringwalt’s debut chapbook entitled “Like Cleopatra” is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. More information about her work can be found at annemalinringwalt.tumblr.com
 
JOE HALL is the author of three books of poetry: “Pigafetta Is My Wife” (Black Ocean 2010), “The Devotional Poems” (Black Ocean 2013), and, in collaboration with Chad Hardy, “The Container Store” Volumes I & II (SpringGun 2012). He currently resides with fellow poet Cheryl Quimba in Buffalo, New York where he is studying commons, excess, and waste flows. Learn more about his work at joehalljoehall.wordpress.com
 
NAOMI MARIE is a born and bred Midwestern minstrel of sorts. Transplanted from the rich musical culture of the twin cities, she has discovered a fresh folk sound and form from the third coast of Lake Michigan. Having recently released her first full length, Primary Colors, in May of 2014, she sets to connect with friends, fans and artists in continued pursuit of her music’s authentic expressions. For more information about her music and schedule go to naomimariemusic.org
Please check out this link for our friend Marco Jaimez’s Kickstarter and consider supporting so he can get his album recorded and share it with the world!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD

ECO-JUSTICE CENTER

7133 MICHNA RD
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)

June 11, 2014

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This month, BONK! is bringing you not three, but FOUR fantastic artists.
 
Bring your 3D glasses because BONK! is happening in three artistic dimensions, with poetry, music, and visual art!
PREPARE TO BE AMAZED
 
FEATURING:            
 
Poet                                   Hakim Bellamy
Poet                                     Peter Davis
Music                                 Milo & Otis
Visual Artist                   Walking Easel                    


 
HAKIM BELLAMY became the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque in 2012, at age 33. He is the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Many poems later, Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico.  He has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. An educator, musician, actor, journalist, playwright and community organizer, Bellamy has acquired many awards and accolades, including the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association and honorable mention for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize at the University of New Mexico. Bellamy is the founder and president of Beyond Poetry LLC. For more information on the author, please visit www.hakimbe.com.
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PETER DAVIS  books of poetry are Hitler’s Mustache, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! and TINA. He lives in Muncie, Indiana with his wife and kids.  More information is available at artisnecessary.com.
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M&O:  In an era dominated by manufactured noise, M&O, fka Milo & Otis, have carved out a musical haven for listeners seeking an authentic respite. Jamila Woods (“Milo”—vocals, loop pedal, poetry) and Owen Hill (“Otis” — bass guitar, imagination, production) are the two behind this earthy sound, which harks back to the heyday of R&B with a blend of what can only be labeled “Adventure Soul.” Adventure Soul is a road trip for your mind, a whizzing subway car for your heart, and sometimes even a party limo for your tuckus.
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WALKING EASEL is a movement that promotes freedom, individual creativity and artistic expression founded in 2013 by Racine residents Justin McKinley and Bradley Shaw.  Through inspiration received from their surroundings and culture, Justin and Bradley are able to transform their lifestyles into fine art and fashion.
 
 
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 SATURDAY, JULY 19TH

DP WIGLEY

234 WISCONSIN AVE

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)

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Be sure to mark your calendar for the 6th annual Dan Jam music festival! BONK! master Nick Demske will be performing, along with BONK! alumni such as Katie LaFond, Aaron Lundquist, Nick Ramsey, and Folkswagon.
 
 
All proceeds go to the Racine County Food Bank.
 

 

 
Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule 
Saturday, August 23rd
@ The Eco-Justice Center
Anne Malin Ringwalt
Joe Hall
Naomi Marie
Sunday, September 7th
Root River Festival–details TBA
Saturday, November 22nd
Jericho Brown
J. Michael Martinez

Emily Lordi

May 29, 2014

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FEATURING:            
 
Music                                  HeyMiss Progress
Poet                                     Rauan Kalssnik

Music                                 Kate Adams                

 

HEYMISS PROGRESS, motivational speaker, poet and change agent, is the creator and host of   “Conversation Mix Tape.”
 
RAUAN KALSSNIK’S poetry collection “Sky Rat” was just released by Spork in 2014.  He also has two full length collections of poetry out from Black Ocean Press: “Holy Land” and “The Moon’s Jaw.”  He lives in a quiet suburb of Seattle with his wife, Edith.
 
KATE ADAMS “has a voice made of honey and razor blades, forged in the tall pines of Washington state, the rolling hills of central Missouri, and sharpened by Chicago winters. She writes songs in the key of easy piano and plays them on an acoustic guitar, but she sings them like they are laced with barbed wire.” Recently, she has been a featured artist at Brave New Art World and has been featured in the Chicago Mixtape.
 
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 SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH

RACINE ARTS COUNCIL

316 6th STREET

RACINE, WI

6PM (doors open 5:00!)
 
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 6th annual Dan Jam music festival! BONK! master Nick Demske will be performing, along with BONK! alumni such as Katie LaFond, Aaron Lundquist, Nick Ramsey, and Folkswagon.
All proceeds go to the Racine County Food Bank. See the attached documents for more details.

 

Mark your calendars…
2014 Event Schedule 
Saturday, July 19th
@ DP Wigley
Hakim Bellamy
Peter Davis
Milo & Otis
Saturday, August 23rd
@ The Eco-Justice Center
Anne Malin Ringwalt
Joe Hall
Naomi Marie
Sunday, September 7th
Root River Festival–details TBA
Saturday, November 22nd
Jericho Brown
J. Michael Martinez

Emily Lordi

April 30, 2014

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FEATURING:            
 
Poet                                     Angela Narcisco Torres  
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Writer                                Erika L. Sánchez
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Music                                 The Millers



ANGELA NARCISO TORRES’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry and was published by Willow Books/Aquarius Press in September 2013. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.
ERIKA L. SANCHEZ is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Witness, Anti-, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Boston Review, Latino USA on NPR, and is forthcoming in diode and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin 2015). Her nonfiction has been published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rolling Stone, Salon, NBC News, Cosmopolitan, and many others. You can find her at erikalsanchez.com.
 
Jeremy David Miller has been writing his own style of folk for some 15 years.  Along with help from partner and wife Bekah Miller the two deliver everything from charming love songs to wandering lyrical quests of death with ease and entertainment. From Chicago, IL THE MILLERS have built a musical repertoire that keeps fans ever interested and never disappointed.  Like them on an evil social-network here.
 
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 SATURDAY, MAY24th
MY WICKED WAY
516 COLLEGE AVE
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)
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Unfortunately, last week yet another loved BONK! family member passed away.  The Racine legend many knew as the guy on the bike with the beard–Moses–passed away of a heart attack on April 23rd.  He will be very missed by the BONK! family and by the Racine community at large.  Please join us to celebrate his life at the memorial service to be held at St Luke’s Church next week (details here).
We love you, Moses.  You’ll be missed!
 

 

 
 
And don’t forget the special Poet Laureate event at Carthage College tomorrow, featuring Nick Ramsey (Racine Laureate), Jean Preston (Kenosha Laureate) and Max Garland (Wisconsin State Laureate).  See here for details.
 
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