BONK! 140 with KPL

This month the BONK! Poetry and Music Series will celebrate its 12 year anniversary.  The event will be in special partnership with Kenosha Public Library and will be an end-cap to Hispanic Heritage Month.  It will be a virtual event, taking place on Saturday, Oct 17th, at 5:30 p.m. Featured performers will be: Former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas, Former Kenosha Poet Laureate Esteban Colon and Racine-based singer/songwriter Marco Jaimez Jr.

Brenda Cárdenas’ books and chapbooks include Boomerang (Bilingual Press); Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison; Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Cristina García, Emmy Pérez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press). She also co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press). Cárdenas’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry, Grabbed: Take Back the Narrative, Hope Is the Thing: Wisconsinites On Hope and Resilience, Court Green, Ghost Fishing: An Eco Justice Anthology, POETRY, and many others. She has served as Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Esteban Colon is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Kenosha Wisconsin (2018 – 2019). He has been writing and performing poetry most of his life. Many of those poems appear in Hell Creek, Things I Learned the Hard Way, and Whispered “Soliloquy’s.”    
Marco Jaimez Jr has been playing music for over a decade with various different groups.  He currently performs with the groups Anchors of Empires, New Vices  and in his solo project, Mexico City Is Sinking.  As mexico City is Sinking, Marco released the full length album “Queen of Monster Island” in 2015.  Marco lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his fiance Shelby and their two dogs, Bobo and Egon.

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! 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.