BONK! 51- Saturday, December 8th

BONK! 51
6PM (doors open 5:30)
poet                    Nikki Wallschlaeger
poet                     Russell Jaffe 
musician             The November Criminals

Nikki Wallschlaeger lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the author of one chapbook, Head Theatre ( 2007) which etched itself out of her palms unexpectedly. Her hands continue to talk, which is why she writes. Publications include Esque, The Smoking Poet, Word Riot,Pirene’s Fountain, and DecomP .When she’s not writing, she plays the djembe drum in a radical community marching band, The Milwaukee Molotov Marchers.


Russell Jaffe is the editor of Strange Cage (, a handmade chapbook poetry press that also runs a reading series. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, This Super Doom I Aver (Poets Democracy, ’13) and the chapbooks DOOM’D zone 1 and zone 2 (Strange Cage, ’12), (accompanied by pushpins and balloons) (The Red Ceilings, ’11), and note/worthy (Scantily Clad, ’08). His poems have appeared in The Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, La Petite Zine, American Letters & Commentary, Action Yes, and others. He lives in Iowa City where he volunteers with the Iowa Youth Writing Project, teaches at Riverside High School, and collects 8-tracks.


The November Criminals consists of emcees SpadeOne, Brümeister and NTSC; three friends who joined forces with a shared love of Hip-Hop, Polka, culture and heritage. They are undeniably the world’s first non-ironic Hip-Hop Polka band. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the band got together initially to cut one track for the album Burdock #10. That song would become Nachtwurst, and would spawn a collaboration of titans.  SpadeOne (Tahrim Tatum) is a Milwaukee based rapper and promoter of epic proportions. He is an integral member of myriad groups including Milwaukee’s BoomBox Saints and One Sound Border to name but a few.  Brümeister (Keith G.) is a poet, brewer and publisher par-exellance. He publishes Burdock Magazine and hosts Burdock Radio among other creative projects. He is the brains of the operation.  The award winning NTSC (Evan M.) is a Milwaukee-born melodeon player and multimedia specialist. He constitutes the swearingest member of the group as he has no children like Spade, and no common decency like Keith.


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