This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at The Branch, 1501 Washington Ave, on Saturday, May 25th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga; acclaimed Florida poet, Dustin Pearson; and Chicago fusion band, Adam Gottlieb & OneLove.
Current Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry, including Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems (2017). This book, written with support from the American Antiquarian Society, looks at issues of women’s roles, western expansion, and race as they are woven through the life of politically active and well-connected Jessie Benton Frémont (1824-1902). Rozga served as editor of the poetry chapbook anthology Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair & Affordable Housing, a project for the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches. She participated in those marches, wrote about them in her award-winning first book, 200 Nights and One Day. She is also the author of Justice Freedom Herbs and Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, named by the Wisconsin Library Association as an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2012 and named as a Split This Rock Favorite Book of Poetry.
Dustin Pearson is the author of MILLENNIAL ROOST (C&R Press, 2018) and A FAMILY IS A HOUSE (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and John Mackay Graduate Award and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, [PANK], Fjords Review, and elsewhere.
Adam Gottlieb & OneLove is a Folk/Rock/Reggae/Funk fusion band from Chicago. With dynamic songwriting, upbeat rhythms, tight harmonies, and razor-sharp lyricism inspired by struggles for social justice, OneLove offers songs to the revolution’s soundtrack.