Calling All Poets, Musicians, and Artists for BONK! 108

For BONK! 108, we will be celebrating 100 Thousand Poets for Change. On September 30th, 2017, poets from all the globe will be hosting events for poets, musicians, artists, and activists to come together and read poems about social, environmental, and political change. For more information about this amazing project, click here.

BONK! is looking for poets, musicians, and other artists to perform/display their work at this event. Performers will have about 5 minutes each to perform one original piece pertaining to social, environmental, and/or political change. If you are a visual artist, you will have 5 minutes to explain your work.

If you are interested in performing at this event, contact us via e-mail, (bonk.racine@gmail.com) phone, (262-989-2930, ask for Alex) or message us on Facebook. Please include your:

Name:

E-mail:

Phone:

Type: (poetry, music, essay, short story, visual art, etc.)

Subject of piece: (optional)

Performers will be added to the list on a first come, first serve basis. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

BONK! 107 @ Eco-Justice Center

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Come make some new animal friends as you enjoy poetry and music at the Eco-Justice Center! For more about the center, or for driving directions, click here.

Featuring:

Tom Montag, a poet and essayist from Fairwater WI, is the author of the memoir CURLEW:HOME and the poetry collections MIDDLE GROUND, THE BIG BOOK OF BEN ZEN, and IN THIS PLACE: COLLECTED POEMS 1982-2013. His other books of prose include KISSING POETRY’S SISTER and THE IDEA OF THE LOCAL. In 1982, Montag and his wife Mary founded the WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR, which they edited and published for three years. His poem “Lecturing My Daughter in Her First Fall Rain” was incorporated into the design of the Convention Center in Milwaukee, along with the work of 50 other Wisconsin writers. With David Graham, he is editing an anthology of poetry about American small towns.

Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2017. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published most recently in the Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She has work forthcoming in the Taos Journal of Poetry and Cloudthroat. Her short stories have appeared most recently in Rumpus online and Basta! 100+ Latina Against Gender Violence. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2014 for her essay, “The Making of the Latina Monologues.” She was the featured poet for the Latina Monologues from 2009 to 2011. She has her own press, Art Night Books, and will resume publishing other people’s work in 2018. She has been working with the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2005 and developed their youth poetry program.

Kai Andersen and The Pickups are an Americana indie rock band from Kenosha WI. Along with the front man of the self-titled group, the band also features Patrick Greer. They have been featured on stages in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and all over the Midwest. The band released an EP, called Part 1, this past February — a collection of five songs that have an “overriding love theme with a twist.” Part 2 is slated to be released this fall.

BONK! 106 @ The Racine Zoo

 

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Prepare to get wild! This month we are bringing the beats to the beasts at the Racine Zoo. Here is who is going to be at our music packed double feature.

MUSIC        LOST LAKES

MUSIC        THE OSCILLATORS

Lost Lakes is a collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The two met during a songwriting competition held by a local radio station. It wasn’t until they returned for a duets portion of the following year’s competition that Corey saw Paul play bass and singing harmonies. The first time Corey and Paul played together, they clicked musically and personally. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies. Lost Lakes’ self-titled debut record bears witness to their talents and the fact the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.
The Oscillators are a unique group that throws a mix of genres and styles together, creating something unlike what you hear every day. Formed in 2013, the band began by playing covers that they put through an Oscillators transformation, giving each its own fun and contagious spin. Recently, The Oscillators have been working to expand their repertoire of original compositions. They incorporate both traditional acoustic and contemporary instruments to create an eclectic blend with an abundance of harmony, raw beatboxing, and rapping. Finally, the group has a BLAST making music for people – they love what they do, they love who they play for, and they love each other. Every Oscillators show guarantees a family friendly, yet boundary-pushing musical treat that is bound to leave you energized!

9th Annual Dan Jam

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 2pm-10pm
Johnson Park Pavilion | 6200 Northwestern Ave. Racine, WI 53406
$10 or $8 with 2 Non-Perishable Food Items
(4 Food Tickets and 1 Drink Ticket w/ Paid Admission)

Gather your friends and family and spend the day with us at the 9th Annual Dan Jam – The Family Reunion Music Festival! Enjoy tons of live music, kids/family activities, and food/drink at a marvelously beautiful park!

The Dan Jam Music Festival celebrates the life and passions of Daniel “Hawk” Conner, who died in an auto accident on June 27, 2008, at age 26. Deeply devoted to helping others, Conner worked with area youth in a variety of programs — from the YWCA and River Bend Nature Center to after-school programs and Thoughts for Food’s All Ages Event — teaching them to swim and canoe, coaching various sports, and more.

Families are invited to come and have fun in honor of Conner’s love of music, and the many gifts he shared with people of all ages throughout the community. 

Be The Next Kenosha/Racine Poet Laureate

The Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program is seeking applications from June 1 through August 5, 2017 for the position of Racine Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for poetry, encouraging creative expression and literacy, while celebrating the power and beauty of language in the greater Racine area. The person in this position writes and shares their work in public appearances, workshops and exhibits, and engages the public to find and share their own voice.

Applications and more information are available at the Racine Public Library, online at the Library website, www.racinelibrary.info and on the Left of the Lake website, www.leftofthelake.com. Completed applications and supporting documents should be delivered to the Racine Public Library, Poet Laureate Program,  75 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403 or sent to poets@leftofthelake.com. Questions on applying or on the program should be directed to Nick Demske of Racine Public Library at nick.demske@racinelibrary.info or (262) 619-2570.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by November 1, 2017 and reside in Racine County, including its city, towns and villages. They need to have access to reliable transportation, either public or private, and agree to maintain residency in Racine County during the term of appointment to this position.

Dependent on availability of funds and approval of the program’s committee on their use, the Poet Laureate may attend conferences, seminars and workshops and/or finance their creative project, along with other items related to the purpose of the Program. The Committee strives to obtain adequate funding for the Program through grants and donations.

This is the fourth time that a Poet Laureate will be crowned in Racine. Past recipients include Darin Zimpel and Stephen Kalmar II (2011-13),  Nick Ramsey (2013-15), and Jessie Lynn McMains (2015-17).  The program’s committee also appoints the Poet Laureate of Kenosha and encourages the poets from both communities to work together to further the mission of the program.

The program is made possible through the Racine Public Library and Kenosha Public Library, in cooperation with Left of the Lake, LLC, a small press publisher, arts magazine, and art gallery, showcasing the work of artists and authors from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

BONK! 105 @ The Hospitality Center

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Featuring:

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.

BONK! 104 @ George Bray Neighborhood YMCA

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FEATURING:

Poet          Franklin K. R. Cline

Poet          Duriel Harris

Music       Curtis Crump

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate in English—Creative Writing at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor of cream city review. He lives in Milwaukee with three cats and his wife, Rachel Kincaid.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed poetry volumes including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize (2017). She is the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and co-founder of the Black Took Collective and Call & Response Performance Ensemble. Current projects include the conceptual work “Blood Labyrinth,” “Experiments in Joy Poetics+”—launched with Harriet, The Poetry Foundation blog, and Thingification—a one-woman show. Recent performances include appearances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corner Playhouse, and MPAACT Signature Series at the Greenhouse Theater. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.

Curtis Crump is from Racine, WI, a fresh graduate from UW-Parkside with a bachelor’s in Music w/ Jazz Studies & Performance concentration. He’s been composing for 7 years under the guidance of his Jazz professor, Russ Johnson. He hopes to continue playing & composing both in other groups as well as his own, & go for a graduate degree in composition (film) in a couple years. He is also the director of music & organist at Wayman AME & plays in a variety of different bands in the Racine/Kenosha/Milwaukee area.