Happy New Years from BONK!

Happy new year, BONK! Family. 2017 is going to be awesome and we are kicking it off right on January 21st at 6 pm. Join us at the Racine Public Library in the youth services department to celebrate our 100th BONK! with amazing poetry, music, and food.

BONK! 100 will be a pot luck event. Please bring your favorite dish to pass, especially vegan food. Vegan food doesn’t have to be fancy. To be considered vegan, a dish cannot have any meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or animal products (such as most gelatin). A few outlets will be available for hot food. We will also have a cake. Sadly, the security staff at the library vetoed lighting the cake with a hundred candles due to fire hazard.

We are also going to start 2017 by getting to know you a little bit better. We put together a survey that will help us make the next 100 BONK!s even better. Every answer matters. You can find the survey on our website, here. You can also copy and paste the following link into your browser.
https://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/bonk-2017-survey/  The data we collect here will be used for several purposes, but none of them more important than helping us get grants!!! So thank you in advance for your time–we appreciate it so much and it will help us keep bringing the BONK!ness to you.

There are also some great things going on in the Racine Arts Community in 2017. Across the United States and abroad people getting together on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to share their commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy as part of a movement called Writers Resist. On Sunday, January 15, at 4-6pm, Jessie Lynn McMains will be hosting “A Public Service Announcement (w/Words & Art!): a Writers Resist event”. Performers and speakers are invited to perform either their own original work, or a piece by someone else that speaks to the ideals of Democracy and free expression. Each performer will have approximately five minutes, depending on number of performers. There is also the possibility of an open mic to conclude the event, so that those who did not sign up ahead of time can still share their own (or their favorite) words or songs of resistance. The event will also be raising money for Voces De La Frontera, a grassroots organization commited to fighting for imigrant rights. The event is free and open to the public; money will be raised in a “pass the hat” style.
If you want to preform at this event or if you have more questions, email Jessie Lynn McMains at coeur.de.fantome@gmail.com.

Also, video homie, Peg Rousar-Thompson, has just been named the Racine Arts Council’s inaugral Writer In Residence. She will be holding down the fort at 316 6th street every Wednesday 12pm until 5pm from now until the beginning of May. Stop by and say hi.

If you made a new year’s resolution to get more words down on paper or screen this year, or if you are looking for a supportive writing community, join us for Wordshop, 6pm-8pm ish every Thursday at the Launch Box (Gateway Technical College, Racine Building, Room 109). We are a diverse group of writers who write everything from poetry, fiction, memoirs, blogs, comedy, and more. If you have any questions about Wordshop feel free to email Nick Demske at nick.demske@racinelibrary.info

Wishing you the best for 2017,
BONK! Loves You.


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