Musicians Bryan Drewyor
Poet JoAnn Chang
FABU, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator. She was the first African American Madison Poet Laureate. (2008-2012). As a literary artist, she creates and shares writing that reflects living in Memphis, Tennessee, Nairobi, Kenya and Madison, Wisconsin. She has published Poems, Dreams and Roses, In Our Own Tongues and Journey to Wisconsin: African American Life in Haiku, winner of an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association (2012). Fabu is a Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry in 2013 and 2014, and a Silver winner in Spoken Word/Poetry by Madison Magazine in 2014. Remember Me: Mary Lou Williams in Poetry is her latest poetry manuscript. Her website is www.artistfabu.com.
JOANN CHANG began writing songs in 1975 in Texas. When she moved to Milwaukee in 1992, and became involved with Poet’s Monday, her poetry really took off. She read children’s books and collected children’s fantasy. Because she plays no external instruments she is a singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the word. Although she finds it especially challenging, she sometimes writes short fiction such as “Fairytales for People with a Short Attention Span,” and has an interest in what she calls “nonsense fiction, which she says, is also an extra creative challenge for her.
BRYAN DREWYOR takes in life, celebrates it, processes it, and tosses it back at us in one big, soul thumping, feet moving, mindful emotion. This predominantly self-taught performer grew up in the Midwest surrounded by a family full of musicians and thinkers. His voice is extremely refined and is as original as it gets. From childhood Bryan was heavily influenced by bluegrass, jazz, rock and folk; he inevitably connected with the piano at an early age and acoustic guitar soon after. The lyrics that fill his songs with life are deeply rooted in relationships and experiences that come from living, growing, and realizing life’s greater gifts. Bryan shares his understanding of the world and leaves us with a message well played and received.
And check out this community event, also sponsored by the Library and The Eco-Justice Center (as well as Greening Greater Racine). Head BONK! Shaman, Nick Demske, will introduce the film and will be the “A” part of the Q&A. It’s a powerful, important, life-changing film…..come check it out!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH
7133 MICHNA RD
6 PM (doors open 5:30)
Mark your calendars…
2015 Event Schedule
Sept 26th-Location TBD
featuring Social Justice-themed poetry from Racine and beyond
Oct 24th-River Bend Nature Center
Nov 21st-Location TBD
BONK! loves you :)
This BONK! will take place outside the Racine Literacy Council by the beautiful J. Belland Shakespeare mural. In the event of rain, we will go next door to Preservation Hall at 740 Lake Ave.
JEANIE TOMASKO is the author of Tricks of Light (Parallel Press), Sharp as Want (Little Eagle Press), a poetry / artworks collaboration with Sharon Auberle, an e-chapbook, If I Confess Before 5:00 (Right Hand Pointing) and most recently, (Prologue), the recipient of an Editor’s Choice award from Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series . Her work has been published in The Midwest Quarterly, Right Hand Pointing, Rattle, Wisconsin People and Ideas and Birdsthumb. She works as a home health nurse in Madison, WI and can be found online at jeanietomasko.com
STEVE TOMASKO thinks about the dust mites that live under the couch and the eyebrow mites that live on all of us. He muses about the 5,000 species of bacteria that live in our mouths. Someone has to. He’s been published here, and occasionally, there. Steve lives in Middleton with his poet wife, Jeanie, three cats, a revolving number of kids and the aforementioned dust mites. His chapbook, Damn Good Cantaloupe, is forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks in 2015.
The Transformation: Art & Poetry gallery is still open at the Racine Arts Council–and it made the front page! Check out the Journal Times articlehere
It’s June, so you know what that means! Time for the Dan Jam!
Enjoy the outdoors with BONK! on June 13, courtesy of the Racine Urban Garden Network.
In the event of rain, we will instead convene at the Racine Arts Council.
Poet Timothy Liu
Musician Samuel “Savoir Faire” Williams
Poet Parneshia Jones
May is jam-packed with artistic events! Here are the previews:
The Transformation: Art & Poetry gallery is officially open at the Racine Arts Council–and it made the front page! Check out the Journal Times article here
May 23rd is the next Racine & Kenosha Authors Book Fair–in Kenosha this time
Another BONK! is coming up fast, in conjunction with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) book
sale, which will be open before and after the performance.
To access this location, enter the lobby of CVS and take either the stairs or elevator to the lower level or take the
outside stairs along the east side of the building.
Don’t forget to check out the preview party & the rest of the awesome studio tour for Get Behind The Arts this weekend!
Our friend Marcie Eanes is having a book signing at the Racine Public Library May 16th 1-3 pm.
Help us share the good news of BONK! with Kenosha at this special event. This will also be the release of our very own Nick Demske’s next chapbook, so be sure to snag one!
Dasha Kelly had to cancel because of another fabulous opportunity, so Mexico City is Sinking (Marco Jaimez) stepped up to fill in.
Watch out for news about another BONK! event coming up fast–on April 25th we will BONK! again at the Racine Business Center for Get Behind The Arts.
Musician Brent Mitchell
Musician Mexico City is Sinking
Poet Nick Demske
Emcee, Artist Nicolas Moore
BONK! is a many-splendored thing, and so are your March performers:
Wave goodbye (and good riddance) to February with us on the 28th.
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!
Start the year off right with another BONK! at the Racine Arts Council.
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!
Another BONK! is just around the corner!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 SIXTH ST
6PM (doors open 5:00!)
BONK! will be heating things up at Hot Shop glass November 22!
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 Nation, The New Yorker, The 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.”