This month the BONK! Poetry and Music Series will celebrate its 12 year anniversary. The event will be in special partnership with Kenosha Public Library and will be an end-cap to Hispanic Heritage Month. It will be a virtual event, taking place on Saturday, Oct 17th, at 5:30 p.m. Featured performers will be: Former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas, Former Kenosha Poet Laureate Esteban Colon and Racine-based singer/songwriter Marco Jaimez Jr.
Brenda Cárdenas’ books and chapbooks include Boomerang (Bilingual Press); Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison; Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Cristina García, Emmy Pérez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press). She also co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press). Cárdenas’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry, Grabbed: Take Back the Narrative, Hope Is the Thing: Wisconsinites On Hope and Resilience, Court Green, Ghost Fishing: An Eco Justice Anthology, POETRY, and many others. She has served as Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Esteban Colon is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Kenosha Wisconsin (2018 – 2019). He has been writing and performing poetry most of his life. Many of those poems appear in Hell Creek, Things I Learned the Hard Way, and Whispered “Soliloquy’s.”
Marco Jaimez Jr has been playing music for over a decade with various different groups. He currently performs with the groups Anchors of Empires, New Vices and in his solo project, Mexico City Is Sinking. As mexico City is Sinking, Marco released the full length album “Queen of Monster Island” in 2015. Marco lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his fiance Shelby and their two dogs, Bobo and Egon.