BONK! 55- Saturday, April 27th

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BONK! 55
SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com
FEATURING:
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poet                   Matthew Guenette
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musician            Serita Cheeks
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poet                   Daniel Bosch
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MATTHEW GUENETTE was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in Newport, NH. He is the author of two books. His most recent collection, American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), was inspired by his years busing tables at a vast and horrifying warehouse of a seafood restaurant. His first book, Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008), won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize.  Matthew has been awarded residencies for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in numerous journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Cream City Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review  and others.  He lives, works and loses sleep in Madison, Wisconsin.
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SERITA CHEEKS grew up with the sounds of Motown, funk, gospel, and old school R&B as the four walls surrounding her childhood in Aurora, Illinois, discovering a love for music in her youth. She currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she has developed a style that is truly unique and unlike other female singers in sound, style and show. Writing all of her own songs, Serita’s earthy sound is rooted in rich tones that embrace experiences and blend them down into a smooth collection of life that’s easy to catch hold of. Serita’s music reflects her influences. She pulls in various musicians, always creating a unique show with fresh songs – pop beats with cool R&B, soul, funk rhythms, and rock, allowing for nothing less than an internal jam session. Cheeks has played local coffee shops to arena shows ­– in Texas, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Local performances include Music on the Monument, Harborfest, Bastille Days, and opening for Jon Mclaughlin at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI as well as Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI. Internationally, Serita has played in various cities in Germany, Wales and England.

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DANIEL BOSCH’s poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, Partisan Review, Agni, Poetry Daily, and Harvard Review, where he was Poetry Editor for Issues 19 and 20. His set of four poems riffing on the films of Tom Hanks won the first Boston Review Poetry Prize (1998), and his book Crucible was published by Other Press in 2002.

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