Enjoy the outdoors with BONK! on June 13, courtesy of the Racine Urban Garden Network

In the event of rain, we will instead convene at the Racine Arts Council.



Poet                       Timothy Liu

Musician              Samuel “Savoir Faire” Williams

Poet                       Parneshia Jones


TIMOTHY LIU is the author of nine books of poems, including Don’t Go Back To Sleep, a finalist for this year’s Lambda Literary Award. He has appeared in Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize, and his poems have been translated into a dozen languages. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.
SAMUEL “SAVOIR FAIRE” WILLIAMS is a Living Chicago Urban Legend—he earned this reputation as a classically trained professional jazz violinist. His first performance was at the age of 5, and he went on to study with great violinists such as Milt Jackson, Johnny Frigo, Harold Geller, and many others. He has mastered the art of violin making and owned and managed the Violin Shop for three years while establishing a name as a first call studio recording session violinist for artists including R. Kelly and famed arrangers like “Tom Tom” Washington. Samuel continues to perform with his group Savoirfaire Jazz Quartet and has been invited to record for numerous albums and perform at International Jazz Festivals worldwide.  Savoirfaire continues to trail blaze as a composer, producer, and arranger breaking down industry barriers by integrating contemporary jazz with other forms of music such as hip hop, rock, and world music.

PARNESHIA JONES was raised on the Midwestern North Shores of Evanston, IL and spent her childhood in the Evanston Public Library and her mother’s kitchen. Jones earned her BA in English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University and her MFA from Spalding University.  Currently, Parneshia is the Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor for the TriQuarterly Books imprint.  Recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award, Parneshia is a Ragdale Fellow and published in several anthologies. Jones is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of Black voices from Appalachia and serves on the board of Cave Canem and GlobalWrites.  Her first collection, Vessel, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions (April, 2015).



May is jam-packed with artistic events! Here are the previews:  

The Transformation: Art & Poetry gallery is officially open at the Racine Arts Council–and it made the front page! Check out the Journal Times article here

May 23rd is the next Racine & Kenosha Authors Book Fair–in Kenosha this time


BONK! 81


6 PM



Mark your calendars…
2015 Event Schedule

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