Poetry Aricka Foreman
Poetry MKE BNV Crew
Music Jay Anderson
Aricka Foreman’s work has appeared in The Drunken Boat, Minnesota Review, RHINO, Day One, Phantom, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, thrush, Vinyl, PLUCK!, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation by Viking Penguin, among others. She is the author of Dream With A Glass Chamber from YesYes Books. Originally from Detroit, she currently lives in Chicago.
MKE BNV Crew: The 20th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival will convene young poets from around the world for 4 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service, and civic participation events in California’s Bay Area from July 19-22, 2017. Wisconsin students have raised their voices at Brave New Voices since 2006. This year, however, will be the first year for an ALL MILWAUKEE area team! The team is composed of Michaela Lacy (HS of the Arts), Elizabeth Saggio (Nicolet HS), Aryanna Strickland (Veritas HS), Xin Ju “Belladonna” Hippe (King HS) and Jasmine Roach (Prairie HS). Before they go to CA, though, the MKE BNV crew will be coming to BONK! for a warm up. In the meantime, if you want to help them get to BNV this year, check out their gofundme page here.
Jay Anderson has become one of Milwaukee’s most prolific and hardest working musicians. Over the years, Jay Anderson has shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Flaming Lips, and Lupe Fiasco. He currently leads four Milwaukee bands. His newest group, Foreign Goods is a force to be reckon with in Milwaukee. Blending jazz, hip hop, soul, and touch of Afro-Beat, the band is one of the best live bands in the city. Foreign Goods will be releasing a live EP on Gloss Records (GGOOLLDD, Platinum Boys). Anderson is currently working on the Foreign Goods debut album. While he is not on stage, Anderson works to improve the Milwaukee music scene. He is the creator and curator of jazz supper club series at Company Brewing, where he brings some of city’s best jazz musicians together to perform weekly. One of those shows was an amazing tribute to Miles Davis. Anderson also co-founded and curated the three-day Strange Fruit Music Festival, which addressed the racial unrest in Milwaukee.