BONK! 113 @ The Grind Cafe

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This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at The Grind Cafe,7300 Washington Avenue, on Saturday, February 24th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: Southeast Wisconsin poet, Manar Mohammad; and Madison poet and lecturer, Adam Fell.
Manar Mohammad is a poet who began writing poetry as a way to better piece together her identity after experiencing life abroad and in the U.S. She hopes her work offers a perspective on the narrative of the Muslim American identity while simultaneously breaking down media stereotypes and open doors to dialogue and understanding. She spends most of her time studying medicine between working on poetry, and she hopes to practice medicine while simultaneously using her skills in language as a way to bridge different cultures and backgrounds while documenting the stories of those who will shape her into a physician.
Adam Fell is the author of two books of poetry: Dear Corporation, (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and I Am Not a Pioneer, winner of the Posner Best Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (H_NGM_N Books, 2011). He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (M.F.A., 2008) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 2003), and currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Edgewood College in Madison, WI where he also co-curates the Monsters of Poetry reading series.

3rd Annual Mary Finley and Marcie Eanes Memorial Black History Month Read-In

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The Racine Public Library in collaboration with The Dr. John Bryant Community Center for the Arts, Family Power Music, Coming Together Racine, The Racine Branch NAACP, and the BONK! performance series invites you to The Third Annual “Mary Finley and Marcie Eanes Memorial Black History Month Read-In”*.  This event will be held in the Adult Services Department of the Racine Public Library, near the east windows, on Thursday, February 22nd from 6 til 8:30pm.

A Black History Month Read-In is an event where community members of all different backgrounds join together to celebrate the vibrant legacy of black contributions to world literature.  Here’s how it will work: anyone interested in signing up is given 5 minutes to read a piece (or an excerpt of a piece) of writing written by someone from the black diaspora.  

Because the purpose of this event is to highlight the copious, diverse contributions of all black people to literature, and because we want to illustrate the great breadth of those contributions as much as possible in two and a half short hours, we will not be having ANY repeats of authors.  Sign up fast so you can be sure you’ll get to read from the author you want to celebrate most!

To respect everyone’s time, there is a limited number of only 20 spots we can fill.  Anyone is welcome to sign up, but do so now because spots won’t last.  To sign up, please RSVP with the following information:

  1. Your name, e-mail and phone number
  2. If you are younger than 21, your age
  3. Name of your Author
  4. Name of the piece you’ll be reading from
  5. If your piece is child appropriate or not (this will help us decide where in the evening to slot you

Please RSVP or send any further questions to Ciara Hartzog at ciarahartzog@gmail.com or contact Nick Demske at 262-631-0021.

See you there!

*About the name of this event: Mary Finley and Marcie Eanes were two prominent black women residents of Racine who were inspirations both in the Racine community locally, as well as the literary community nationally–Mary as an ambassador and literary agent and Marcie as a writer herself and supporter of the arts.  Mary went to join the elders in 2014 and Marcie’s homegoing was last year in 2015.  Shortly before Marcie had passed away, she was chosen as one of the finalists for the Racine Poet Laureate position.  We are honored to be able to celebrate these two women as leaders of both Racine’s Black Community, as well as Racine’s Literary Community.

BONK! 112 @ Gallery on 16th

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BONK! 112
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2018
GALLERY ON 16TH
1405 16TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open at 5:30pm)



Esteban Colon is one of the 2018 co-poet laureates of Kenosha. His work has found print in a variety of journals and anthologies. The writer of “Things I Learned the Hard Way,” he is also the author of chapbooks This Frankenstein Union (Crisis Chronicles Press), Edgar Avenue (Naked Mannequin Press) and Between Blue Lines (Exact Change Press). His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, chapbooks and anthologies. Co-founder of the Waiting 4 the Bus poetry collective, he’s graced a wide variety of stages in the Chicago land area and southern Wisconsin.



Carly Anne Ravnikar
is a punk artist native to South Eastern Wisconsin. 2017 co-poet laureate of Kenosha, she is an eloquent hoarder of poems and crafts who struggles to remain within the confines of society. She works professionally in higher education, semi-regularly as a yoga instructor, and constantly as a poor schmuck strung out on manic creative energy.



Kenyatta “The Lyrical Lioness” Turner spent 25 years of successfully performing across the Midwest as a dancer, Hip Hop artist and actress, Kenyatta took a break from it all to peruse professional goals. She would subsequently be reintroduced to the stage at the Jus Joking Comedy Club in Waukegan, IL. where she rekindled her love affair with words. She has now evolved into poetry. Since this transition, Kenyatta has been named Princess of Poetry and is currently the president of the WI chapter of P.O.E.T (People of Extraordinary Talent). She is frequented on the local and national circuit; inclusive of performing on the main stage at the Black Women’s Expo, UniverSoul Circus and was selected as a featured performer for the legendary group “The Last Poets”.  She is a published author having five (5) pieces published in the P.O.E.T anthology Volume 1 entitled “Closed Mics Don’t Get Fed” and released a powerful poetic single entitled “G Girl”. Attributing to her accolades, Kenyatta was named the 2015 POET/HOST of the year, 2016 National Poetry Award winner for Video of the year and the 2016 Best Female Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Kenyatta is the 2017-2019 Poet Laureate of the city she now calls home; Racine, WI!

BONK! 111 @ Hot Shop Glass

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Poet         Adwoa Nyame Asentu
Poet         Mario “The Poet” Willis

Adwoa Nyame Asentu; 24; born and raised in Racine, WI; an artist who uses the written word, spoken word and visual art to plant seeds of liberation. She showcased her first body of artwork entitled “The Butterfly People” during the Fall of 2016 in UW-Parkside’s Foundation Gallery. She has presented original poetry at a number of venues, including the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and the Lake County Black Lives Matter Banquet. Adwoa is also a student at UW-Parkside and will be graduating Fall ’17.

Mario Willis is a freelance writer and former slam poet. A Milwaukee native and two time member of Milwaukee’s National Slam Team. After 7 years in the business of spoken word he has had the pleasure of featuring throughout Milwaukee and the Midwest. A member of P.S.I (Poetry Slam Incorporated), a PU (Poetry Unplugged) All-star, and a community activist. Mario’s voice represents the least fortunate and the hard working trying to bridge the gap between the classes with a irreverent style and original perspective. An unapologetic liberal and free thinker Mario’s work is a delightful excursion into the mind’s eye with his unflinching realism and artistic integrity, Mario the Poet is a story teller and poet of the highest order. His CD can be purchased at http://www.mariothepoet.bandcamp.com

The November Criminals create a raucous, energetic atmosphere with powerful melodies, head-nodding beats and fierce, conscious lyrics comprised of emcees Brümeister, Spade One and NTSC. Formed in 2011 from an unlikely collaboration, the band uniquely embodies what it is to be from the Midwest and Milwaukee in particular. They draw equally from the tenets of hip-hop and the roots of European, Slavic and Baltic musical traditions. There is nothing ironic or tongue-in-cheek about what they do. They are earnest, honest and viscerally raw in every performance. The band recently celebrated the release of their second full-length album, The Great War.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar – Submission Opportunity

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  • The theme for the 2019 calendar is “Celebrating Wisconsin People,” which includes Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Spanish-Speaking Americans, Bi-racial and Multi-racial Americans.
  • Shorter poems have a better chance of getting in. I want to include as many poems as possible.
  • To aid me in publishing as many as possible, there will be a strict 30 line limit, including stanza breaks. Lines longer than 60 characters count as 2 lines.
  • Poems celebrating inclusions, racial and cultural diversity will have a slight advantage. Poems should also be accessible as the calendar speaks to not just other poets but to all of the people in Wisconsin.
  • Submissions are open to all with a connection to Wisconsin, but strong preference will be given to those who are year-round (or almost year-round) residents.
  • Poems will be accepted in other languages, as long as an English translation is also submitted. There is a 15 line limit for each version (30 line limit in total).
  • Send no more than TWO poems, previously published is ok, but credit publisher and include year of publication.
  • Poems should arrive between September 1 and December 1, 2017. Poems before September 1 or after 11:59pm on December 1, 2017, will not be considered.
  • Email 1-2 poems in one (1) Word or Word-compatible file (no PDFs) to: 2019wfoppoetscalendar@gmail.com.
  • If you prefer, you may mail poems to: James Roberts, 324 Kedzie Street, Apt. 30, Madison, WI 53704. He will type and email to me. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelop for him to send you your final version.
  • Include, with email or mail submission. a short bio; a strict 30 word limit will be enforced.

For more information go to www.wfop.org 

BONK!sgiving All Ages Event

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Hey BONK!ers. This month we are doing something super special. We are teaming up with Family Power Music and What’s Up Racine and Eco-Justice Center for an all-ages BONK! Family celebration of food, fun, and music.

The event will be held at the Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, Racine, WI; from 6pm until 8pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. Parking will be available, and carpooling is encouraged. The event is free and open to the public, however, donations to the Eco-Justice Center are preferred.  Kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.

BONK!sgiving will be a potluck event. Please bring your favorite dish to pass, especially vegan food. Vegan food doesn’t have to be fancy. To be considered vegan, a dish cannot have any meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or animal products (such as most gelatin). A few outlets will be available for hot food. Cups, plates, silverware, beverages, and supplies for S’Mores will be provided.

There will also be a cake to celebrate and give thanks for Sister Janet Wyeker’s 13 years of service with Eco-Justice Center as executive director and volunteer coordinator. A book will be available for you to share your memories and photos of Sister Janet.

Children will be able to participate in a host of campfire games and activities. Starting at 7pm, there will be a large drum circle where everyone can come together and make music. Feel free to bring your own percussion or acoustic instruments. Other instruments will be provided to those who don’t have one.

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.