BONK! 116 @ The Nurturing Center

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William Stobb is the author of five poetry collections, including the National Poetry Series winner, Nervous Systems, and Absentia, both from Penguin Books. He works on the editorial staff of Conduit and teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
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Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught Humanistic Studies, Creative Writing, and First Nations Studies for the UW-System. Her books of poetry include Know By Heart (Rhiannon Press), Songs For Discharming (Greenfield Press), Days Of Obsidian, Days Of Grace (Poetry Harbor), and Nitaawichige (Poetry Harbor; the latter a four-author collection). In 1998, Songs For Discharging won both the WI Posner Award for Poetry, and the Diane Decorah Award, given by the North American Indigenous Writers Circle of the Americas. In 2004, Gov. James Doyle appointed Sweet as WI’s
Poet Laureate (4-year term); the 2nd laureate named for the state of Wisconsin.
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Brent Mitchell has done a little bit of everything, including working for five years as a cowboy on a Texas ranch. As a teenager, he traveled the country on foot, and for decades he traveled extensively as a musician. He’s written songs for movies, and for recording and publishing companies including Sony and Decca, one of which was Grammy listed in 2005. He was featured on PBS’s Texas Music Cafe, and at a number of major music festivals including South by Southwest, and over the years has recorded a number of CDs. In 1999, Brent and his wife Stephanie moved from Texas to Oxford England, and in 2002 came to Carthage College where she teaches as a historian of Latin America. They and their four children live still in Kenosha, where Brent recently completed two years as Kenosha’s poet laureate and published his first collection called Mermaids, Cowboys, and the Lord of Death. Along with writing and performing poetry, music, and “doing all sorts of other stuff,” he teaches World Religions at Carthage College.

BONK! 58 is Sat. July 13th (Special Location), Free Poetry Workshop & More…

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BONK! 58
SATURDAY, JULY 13th

SPECIAL LOCATION–NANCY’S LAKE HOUSE

1911 WISCONSIN AVE.

RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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Poetry Super Group-                                                    Line Assembly (Adam Atkinson, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Zachary Harris, Ben Pelhan, Anne Marie Rooney, and S.E. Smith)


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Musician            Katie Lafond
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Nineteen year old Katie Lafond has the soulful sound that you would not expect to come out of her.  Katie started playing guitar and writing songs in high school. Within a year she had compiled quite a list of songs and started posting her favorite originals and covers on YouTube. She recorded her first CD at Looking Glass Productions in Milwaukee.  Katie released “Race Your Pulse” to rave reviews in May of 2010 with a party at the Racine Arts Council. In 2010 Katie played at Summerfest as a part of the WAMI Youth Showcase and has won the 2011 WAMI “Rising Star” award.  Katie’s original, “Life’s a Love Song,” was a winner of WAMI’s CD Roulette competition.  WAMI is the Wisconsin Area Music Industry organization. Katie won the 2011 Rock the Ark competition presented by Noah’s Ark. Today, Katie is a freshman at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and continues to play and sing at venues through the area. She is currently in production of a new LP with the experimental post-rock band, Red and the Wolf, and a new LP of her own music.
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AND HERE’S INFO FOR A FREE POETRY WORKSHOP EARLIER THE SAME DAY, presented by the poetry super group Line Assembly–

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Line Assembly, a group of six poets touring the nation to give readings and workshops, will visit the Racine Public Library on Saturday, July 13, to give a free poetry workshop for readers and writers at all levels.

Beginning at 2pm and lasting approximately an hour and a half, the workshop will consist of activities that generate new poems, as well as conversations about sustaining a life of writing for participants and members of their communities. Participants will also be encouraged to share poems or other writing that inspires them, resources to find more poetry, and thoughts on what they’d like to see in their own communities.

The central premise of Line Assembly’s workshop is the belief that poetry is all around us, very much alive, and always changing. It is written in classrooms and break rooms, in parking lots and under covers. The poets of Line Assembly will bring what they know to the conversation and ask only that participants come with enthusiasm, an open mind, and the following suggested items: pen or pencil, favorite poems/quotes/lyrics, and whatever they use to jot down their ideas.

Line Assembly is made up of six poets who met in college and have continued to collaborate during the past ten years because of their shared love of poetry and community:

ADAM ATKINSON is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah
and the co-editor of OH NO. His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review,
Caketrain, and others.

LILLIAN-YVONNE BERTRAM is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University
of Utah. Her poetry collection, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, was published
by Red Hen Press in 2012. Her chapbook, cutthroat glamours, is forthcoming from
Phantom Limb Press in 2013.

ZACHARY HARRIS holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University and
teaches at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 School. His chapbook,
There is another poem, in which the news is erased and rewritten, was published by
New Michigan Press in 2010.

BEN PELHAN holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University and
teaches young students pursuing GEDs in New Orleans. His poems and videos
have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Spork, and others.

ANNE MARIE ROONEY holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University.
Her poetry collection, Spitshine, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press
in 2012, and her second chapbook, Shell of an egg in effort, is forthcoming in 2013.

S.E. SMITH is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the
founding editor of OH NO. Her poetry collection, I Live in a Hut, was published by
Cleveland State University Press in 2012.

Line Assembly is made possible by the support of more than 300 individual donors,
as well as the Puffin Foundation and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. NOTICE: Some
portions of the workshop may be documented on film. Appearing on film is not
required in order to participate in the workshop.

For more information or to view examples of past Line Assembly workshop activities
please visit http://lineassembly.com. You may also contact Nick Demske at 262-619-
2570 or nick.demske@racinelibrary.info

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Line Assembly raise more than $18,000 in grassroots support, search online for
“Line Assembly Kickstarter.”
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And Last–Here’s the latest article written about the BONK! series by BONK! Director, Nick Demske, and published at the Library As Incubator Project Website.  Enjoy!

No Tim Yu…Yes Anne Shaw

We interrupt your regularly scheduled BONK! blog post to inform you that, due to a wonderful bundle of joy possibly coming a bit earlier than expected, Tim Yu will be unable to join us for this month’s BONK!  And yes, we are heavy weepy with this news.

The lucky-ducky flip side to this seemingly sordid coin?: the one, the only, the revelator Anne Shaw will be coming through town just as we prepare to BONK! it up.  Furthermore, she has agreed to take Tim’s spot this month and so we will be showered upon with poetry amazingness.

As if you needed further convincing,  here is a video of Anne reading for BONK! back in 2009.  May this video fill you with the happiness you’ve been seeking all your life and may we all commune gayly this July 23rd ofr a BONK! among BONK!s.  Enjoy:

BONK! 34–Sat, July 23rd

 

BONK! 34
SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                     Traci Brimhall
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poet                     Timothy Yu
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musicians         Dream Party
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Traci Brimhall’s Our Lady of the Ruins (forthcoming from W.W. Norton) was selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), won the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Widely published in major literary journals, she is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and has received scholarships and fellowships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Disquiet International Literary Program. She holds degrees from Florida State University and Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University where she is a doctoral candidate and a King/​Chávez/​Parks Fellow. She also serves as Poetry Editor for Third Coast and Editor at Large for Loaded Bicycle.
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Timothy Yu is Associate Professor, English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book, Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965, was published by Stanford University Press, 2009. Tim Yu is the author, with Cassie Lewis, of Postcard Poems (Poetry Espresso).  His poetry and criticism have appeared in Interlope, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Shampoo, and Cordite. He maintains a blog called TYMPAN that was last updated in February.
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Dream Party is Matthew Matera and Brandon Seitz. They are “a band composed of the remnants of what would be a glad social outing mixed with the desire to be there in your normal life. dreams come and go, people change and leave….. your dreams are the only thing that are forever…… you will remember them when your dead. its ok………. your friends are always going to be there, for your perfect party…..” You can check out their music at SoundCloud for free.
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So now you know everything that matters.  Come out to the July BONK!  and be yet another step closer to world peace.
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Peace,
BONK!

BONK! 33-Sat. June 25th

BONK! 33
SATURDAY, JUNE 25th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                     Adam Fell
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poet                     Angela Trudell Vasquez
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musicians         Jeannine Rivers
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Get ready for the sweet bon bon action of BONK! thirty to the three.  Gloriousness all over the place.  Click on links, check these folks out and then come hang out with us on the 25th.  Happy Summer!

BONK! 32–Saturday, May 7th

BONK! 32
SATURDAY, MAY 7th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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FEATURING:
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poet                     Monica Mody
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poet                     Tom Hibbard
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musicians         Good Evening
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Tremendousness about to be in your face, Racine.  And here are the bios below.  See you there.  WOO!
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Monica Mody’s work has been published in West Wind Review, apocryphal text, horse less review, Cannot Exist, LIES/ISLE, Wasafiri, Pratilipi, and nthposition, among other journals. Most recently, excerpts from her manuscript Kala Pani featured in the Boston Review Poet’s Sampler. She is the author of a chapbook, Travel & Risk, from Wheelchair Party, and has a book forthcoming in Fall 2012 from 1913 Press. Mody received her MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame and won the 2010 postgraduate Sparks fellowship. She currently lives in Mishawaka.
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Tom Hibbard grew up in a small town in Wisconsin.  He graduated with a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts and began writing as a newspaper reporter for the Progressive afternoon daily in Madison, Wisconsin, The Capital Times.  Hibbard has lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Kansas.  His writing has been published in many places on and off-line, including Jacket, Exquisite Corpse, Word For/ Word and Big Bridge.  Besides his poetry, he has also published essays and reviews of contemporary poets, including David Meltzer, Amiri Baraka, Larry Sawyer and Mark Wallace.  Among Hibbard’s collections are Critique of North American Space (Bronze Skull), Human Powers and Place of Uncertainty (available online at Otoliths storefront).  In 2010 he ran unsuccessfully for the Wisconsin state legislature, and this year for the fourth time he swam on New Years Day with the Polar Bear club in Lake Michigan.
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Good Evening’s greatest pleasure is to please. Specializing in ‘midnight broken glass love songs’ that can make Dubstep DJs teary-eyed and grandmas nod their heads with approval, their sound is appropriate to all-night ragers, weddings and campfires, as well as cafes, bars and auditoriums. With eclectic musical backgrounds and interests, and the ability to play in varying forms and combinations, the band has a dynamic sound, full of happiness and heartache, whiskey and woe.

BONK! 30 is March 26th

BONK! 30
SATURDAY, MARCH 26th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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poet                     DANIEL KHALASTCHI
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poet                    ZACH SAVICH
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musicians         FOLKSWAGON (bug)
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And here are their bios, just for kicks:
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Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi
Jewish American.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a
recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is
currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette
University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was
awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems
have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Review, jubilat,
and Denver Quarterly.  He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the
co-editor of Rescue Press.
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Zach Savich is the author of three books of poetry, Full Catastrophe
Living (2009), Annulments (2010), and The Firestorm (2011), as well as
a chapbook, The Man Who Lost His Head (2010), and a book of ardent
prose on art and the imagination, Events Film Cannot Withstand, that
is forthcoming from Rescue+Press. He has won the Iowa Poetry Prize,
the Colorado Prize for Poetry, Omnidawn Press’Chapbook Competition,
and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s  Open Competition.
His poems, essays, and reviews appear widely in journals such as A
Public Space, Boston Review, and Gulf Coast. He serves as book review
editor with The Kenyon Review.
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Folkswagon Bug is 3 members of the larger Americana 5 peice Folkswagon band formed in Racine in November of 2008.  Rachelle Van Offeren(then Laundrie),singer/songwriter, met Bill Van Offeren, fiddle player at a campfire through a mutual friend a few years ago and that is when Folkswagon really began to form.  They fell in love with each other and the music they made together. They had each been wanting to start a project but nothing just seemed right until that night.  Bill’s friend John Jacob joined on bass and Kenosha’s rock drummer Russ Weller discovered Rachelle on Facebook and wanted to hop on the bus too.  They searched for a fourth member and it was right under their nose.  Susan Laundrie, Rachelle’s sister who came to practice to get away from the kids and have a couple beers, soon joined on harmonies and percussion.  They regularily play at The Yardarm in Racine, The Eagle Inn in Kansasville and The San Francisco Grill in Racine.  They recently recorded their first album, Fresh Fruit, of which the title track was Co-written with Angela Malone, in Kenosha at Renwood Studios and it was released in September of 2010.  Rachelle continues to tell stories of passion, betrayal, peace, loss and the celebration of life and love through her song-writing.  They plan to record their next album in the fall of this year.