Bonk! 35–Saturday, August 27th

BONK! 35
6PM (doors open 5:30)
poet                        Jim Osborne
poet                        Afaa Michael Weaver
musician          Oliver Bixby

Jim Osborne has been retired for 19 years, but remains active as a poet, writing for fun (except when he has an axe to grind). He has studied English, poetry, fiction writing, ceramics, and furniture building at UW-Whitewater and UW-Parkside. He describes most of his poems as light fantasy about the simple things in life.


Afaa Michael Weaver attended the University of Maryland before entering the world of factory life  for fifteen years. During that time, he wrote and published poetry, short fiction, and freelance journalism, while also founding 7th Son Press and Blind Alleys, a literary journal. Weaver later earned a BA in Literature through Excelsior College and an MA in Brown University’s graduate writing program, focusing on theater and playwriting. His first book of poetry, Water Song, was published in 1985. Since then, Weaver has published several more collections of poetry, including The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005; Multitudes; Sandy Point; and The Ten Lights of God. His full length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia. His short fiction appears in Gloria Naylor’s Children of the Night and in Maria Gillan’s Identity Lessons. Weaver has been a Pew Fellow in poetry and also taught at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently, he is the Alumnae Professor of English and director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College in Boston. In addition, he is Chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference. (


Oliver Bixby is an acoustic artist who writes his own music and lyrics. He began playing when he was six and his mother required all her children to learn an instrument. Bixby is also part of a band called The Andes which includes his brothers; they’ve played all over Racine and Milwaukee. The new Oliver Bixby album is called Tumblecreep and will be available for download and on cd Saturday, August 27th, the very same day he plays BONK! An album release party will be held at B4S afterwards. Woo Hoo!


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