BONK! 129 @ Eco-Justice Center

This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at he Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, on Saturday, August 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: Latinx award-winning poet, Jacob Saenz; Pushcart nominee Erica Hughs; and eclectic jazz/soul/R&B duo B~Free and Quinten Farr.

Jacob Saenz is the author of Throwing the Crown, winner of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His work has appeared in Memorious, PANK, Poetry, Tammy and other journals. A CantoMundo fellow, he’s been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and a 2019 Latinx Scholarship from the Frost Place. He serves as an associate editor for RHINO.

Erica Hughes is an MFA+MA candidate in poetry and University Fellow at Northwestern University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Antigonish Review and BOAAT Journal, among others. And in 2018, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hughes has been a participant at the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation workshop as well as the Tin House summer and winter workshops.

Multi-faceted husband and wife combo B~Free and Quinten Farr mark their debut at the Peck Pavilion for a lively duo performance! As fellow Milwaukee HS of the Arts alum, band leaders, educators and frequent fixtures of the local music scene, the pair will bring their modern technique and savvy musical experience to the venue by way of flute, voice, keyboard, synthesizer and loops. With a diverse repertoire steeped in jazz, soul and R&B, the act is sure to be a treat for music lovers of all ages.


This BONK! blogger’s brain went on vacation so this post is really late. But for these amazing artists, it’s better late than never. Drum-roll please…


Poet                     MATT HART
Poet                     ROBERTA J. HILL
Musician             B-FREE
Matt Hart’s most recent books are Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books, 2016) and Radiant Companion (Monster House Press, 2016). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and THE LOUDEST SOUNDER.


Roberta J. Hill (Oneida) is a poet, fiction writer and scholar. Her most recent publications include Cicadas:  New and Selected Poetry (Holy Cow! Press, 2013) and “Reading the Streets,” a short story in the International Writing Program’s online journal, Narrative Witness #2, “Indigenous Peoples:  Australia-United States” online:  She edited the July 2014 issue of the Black Earth Institute’s journal, About Place, “Enlightened Visions,” available online: .  She is a Professor of English and American Indian Studies and is affiliated with The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


B~Free reemerges with her sophomore project, the “Ode 2 A Luv Affair LP.” With sound inspirations from Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, J-Dilla & Jill Scott., it is a conceptual album that traverses the ups and downs of romantic relationships. vulnerability, passion and compromise. Hailed by The Shepard Express as an “immaculately constructed R&B record,” with a style rooted in 90s R&B/Neo Soul & traces of present day influences, Ode not only represents the many trials & turmoils of love, but the personification of an artist’s loss & reclaiming of her gift.