RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
6PM (doors open 5:30)
Chris Pusateri is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Common Time (Steerage Press,
2012) and Molecularity (Dusie, 2011). His work appears in many journals in the US and abroad,
including Chicago Review, Fence, Jacket, Verse, and others. In June 2012, he was a visiting artist at La
Kunsthalle Mulhouse in France, where he performed as part of their Locus Metropole exhibit. A librarian
by trade, he lives in Denver, where he reviews new poetry and fiction titles for Library Journal and
curates the Belmar Film Series, a free public program that showcases independent cinema.
Born in Japan, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of seven titles, including She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed her work internationally, most recently at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France. Pierce is associate professor and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
Debra Hsueh is a volunteer tutor at Racine Literacy Council and a Guzheng instructor. She came to America from Taipei, Taiwan in April of 2000. She’s been playing Guzheng music in her leisure time since she was in college. The graceful tune of the instrument grasps Debra’s heart. She’s given many Guzheng performances in both Racine and Taipei, including at the World Fest at UW-Parkside, a Fundraising Concert for the children and families of Gaza, the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Racine Public Library, the Multicultural Event at Gateway Technical College, the World Festival at Burlington High School, other private events, and now at BONK!
Nick Ramsey‘s philosophy is simple: “Practice makes permanent.” Born and raised in Racine, WI, Nick began freestyle rapping at the age of fifteen. With thousands of cyphers under his belt and years of experience, he has earned a spot among the most respected freestyle rappers in the Greater Milwaukee area. He has also helped organize a variety of events throughout Southeastern Wisconsin including the Grassroots Wednesdays Open Mic & Artist Showcase, the Dan Jam Music Festival, and Artbeat In The Heat Music & Arts Festival. In October of 2011, Nick released his first recordings on a six-track EP entitled Introducing: Nick Ramsey. This EP blends positive hip hop cuts with poetry and freestyle. Currently, Nick is working on a double disc spoken word/hip hop CD which should be out by the end of the year.