BONK! 109 @ The Branch

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This month’s event will be held at The Branch at 1501, 1501 Washington Ave, Racine, Wisconsin. The Branch at 1501 is a historical venue with a modern vibe, located in the heart of the artistic Uptown neighborhood of Racine.


Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, & a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She has also been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize & a 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Her poems & reviews have appeared in BlackbirdNinth LetterCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewPleiadesFour Way Review, & elsewhere. Born in Houston, Texas, the Indian American poet earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She recently completed the Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, & currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.
Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy, and the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015), as well as the chapbook, Inadequate Grave (YesYes Books, 2016). YesYes Books will publish a full-length collection in 2017-18. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, Juniper Summer Writers’ Institute, and Seaside Writers’ Conference. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009Tin House, Boston ReviewGuernicaMemoriousThe Progressive, and American Literary Review.
Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago’s live music scene as a band leader, sideman, and show curator. Sam Trump is also a long standing member of HipHop/Soul/Jazz band “Sidewalk Chalk”, who’s 4th album, AN ORCHID IS BORN (produced by multi-Grammy Winner, Robert “Sput” Searight) was released on Ropeadope Records in 2017, along with a massive 55-city tour. His two latest Official Music Videos have received critical global acclaim for their positive message and imagery. Check out “Brother” & “Cheers” at www.SamTumpOnline.com.

BONK! 108 – 100 Thousand Poets For Change

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For this event, BONK! is partnering with Racine Revitalization Partnership and Treasures of Uptown. Treasures of Uptown is a street festival brought together with nonprofits and area businesses that will include live music, dance performances, local restaurants, food trucks, and open doors to the unique curiosities offered by local merchants. The event will also launch The Vital Art Project for a 30 day run in pop-up art galleries throughout the neighborhood.

This month’s event will be part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world. 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.

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.