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FEATURING:
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Poet                                    Jamaal May
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Poet                                     Nick Twemlow
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 Music                                 Decoteau Black

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JAMAAL MAY is a poet from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection is Hum, winner of the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.  Other honors include the 2013 Indiana Review Prize and a 2011-2013 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University.  Individual poems have appeared in journals such as The New Republic, PoetryPloughshares, and the Believer. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
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NICK TWEMLOW’S first book, Palm Trees, was awarded the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is a senior editor for The Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books. His films have screened at Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Shnit International, Athens, FLEX, and Starz Denver.  He recently produced The Trapper, a short drama shot in Iowa, where he lives. He was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium in Filmmaking in 2011 and is currently at work on two projects: American Glyptix, and The Fast, a feature-length film. He teaches creative writing and film at Coe College.  Learn more at: nicktwemlow.com
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DECOTEAU BLACK is a grooving and eclectic Milwaukee-based indie-soul band founded in 2013 by guitarist and vocalist Decoteau Irby, bassist James Murrell, and drummer John Laws. The three musicians met at a music jam hosted by James and an immediate musical kinship formed. Singer-songwriter Decoteau Irby’s dark and searching songs are set to soul-, funk- and jazz-inflected indie-rock sounds. The full range of Black guitarists – from Wes Montgomery and Grant Green to Ernie Isley and Jimi Hendrix – make up the inspiration for Decoteau Black. Other influences include soul singers Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and hip-hop groups Wu Tang Clan, Goodie M.O.B., and Outkast. Currently Decoteau Black draws on a vast storehouse of Decoteau’s original songs, including recordings from his 2012 release “A Contagious Spring,” re-casting the works into a live sound driven by James’ punching bass and John’s funky drums. Listen: decoteaublack.bandcamp.com and decoteaubecool.bandcamp.com Contact at decoutaublack@gmail.com
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BONK! 66
 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th
VINO.ON.MAIN
422 MAIN ST.
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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And don’t forget about THE RPL WORDSHOP–the writer’s group at the Racine Public Library, sponsored by BONK!
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Haven’t been there yet?  You suck!  Or, alternatively, you are a simply busy person.  Either way, visit The Wordshop soon…and check out these upcoming events to see what the group is up to:
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Thurs, February 20–Guest Presenter—Writer Justin Grimbol speaks about Bizarro Fiction
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Thurs, February 27— All About Flash Fiction (w/ Jen Simpkins)
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Thurs, Mar 6th— Managing and Preparing Submissions for Publication
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Thurs, Mar 13th—“So You Want To Make a Chapbook” or “So You Don’t Know What a Chapbook Is…”
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Thurs, Mar 20th-Field trip to Racine’s Eco-Justice Center for the Spring Solstice, w/ a special seasonally-appropriate writing exercise
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Thurs, Mar 27—“What is Erasure Poetry” + “Exploring The Racine Public Library’s Poetry Collection”
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Mark your calendars…
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2014 Event Schedule
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Saturday, April 19th
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Saturday, May 24th
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