BONK! 137 on Zoom!

This month’s BONK! performance series will be held on Saturday, July 25th, as a Zoom call.  BONK! will start at 6:00 p.m. Featured performers include: Singer Songwriters Naomi Marie, Ben Mulwana, and Marco Jaimez. 
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Naomi Marie is a singer/songwriter born & raised in the changing seasons of Minnesota. Pulling from summer hikes in the north woods, cross-country goodbyes, and restless nights on the road, Naomi Marie narrates intimate stories through poetic, acoustic-led folk songs. 

Ben Mulwana is a Ugandan-born and raised artist based in Wisconsin. Ben released his debut EP last year in June 2019. Playing various shows in the midwest from Chicago to Minneapolis and everywhere in between, Ben’s soulful performance draws in every audience singing songs about love, hate, hope and all other matters of the heart.

Marco Jaimez has been playing music since the tender age of 11. He’s also been playing Bonk! since the tender age of 11 and always appreciates when Nick Demske invites him to be a part of this truly wonderful event. If you’d like to hear some of Marco’s music, you can do so by going to your preferred method of buying or streaming music, and searching either Mexico City is Sinking or Anchors of Empires or Newvices!

BONK! 125 @ Vital Arts Project Exhibit Space

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, The Nation, and Tin House. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. 

Alix Anne Shaw is the author of three poetry collections: Rough Ground (Etruscan 2018), Dido in Winter (Persea 2014), and Undertow (Persea 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her work appears in Harvard Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, New American Writing, and online at www.alixanneshaw.com. She is also a sculptor.  

Ben Mulwana is a Ugandan born and raised singer-songwriter hailing from Kenosha Wisconsin. Telling stories with his original music inspired by his culture, past and faith. Ben also puts on a twist on covers from his favourite artists like Need to Breathe, Jacob Banks, Hozier and so many others.

BONK! 103 @ iMET Center

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Poet         Esteban Colon

Poet         Kara Candito

Music       Benjamin Mubiru Mulwana

Esteban Colon is a Pushcart nominated writer and experiential educator from 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.

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has been published in Blackbird, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2007, and elsewhere. Candito is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute. She is a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series and a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Benjamin Mubiru Mulwana is a Uganda native that attended Carthage College and while there started to play music in the city of Kenosha. Benjamin has been playing music for about 8 years; he is the lead singer of a band that started at Carthage College called 21 Hours. As an aspiring singer songwriter and cover musician, he has a passion for music that shows whenever he takes the stage. Combining acoustic, contemporary rock and his own African influence, Benjamin puts a new spin on covers and original songs.