BONK! 145 – Nick’s Last BONK!

In recognition of Demske’s departure from the organization, the BONK! March event will include him as one of its featured performers. This month’s BONK! Event will again be virtual, taking place on Saturday, March 27th, at 6 p.m. Alongside Demske, it will feature two other poets: Millissa Kingbird and Kazim Ali. BONK! is a free event and is open to the public.  This event will be live streamed via the BONK! Facebook page. To join as an audience member and participate in the comment thread, visit https://www.facebook.com/BONK-51655071250

Nick Demske is a poet, children’s librarian and County Supervisor of Racine County’s First District. His self-titled manuscript was given the Fence Modern Poets Series Award and published by Fence Books in 2010. He also had a chapbook published in 2012 called “Skeetly Deetly Deet” (Strange Cage Press). In 2010, he was included as one of the 10 debut poets to watch by Poets and Writers Magazine. The new manuscript which he is currently submitting to publishers is titled “Anti-suicidal Miraculous Dopeness.” Nick was instrumental in creating the Racine/Kenosha Poet Laureate program, serving on its board for several years, and he is currently serving as the Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. He has had work appear in many publications, including ACM, Artful Dodge, Colorado Review, Conduit, Fence, jubilat, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sugar House Review and others.

Millissa Kingbird holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her poetry highlights womanhood, bodies, nature, trauma and indigeneity. She has been published in Hinchas de Poesia, Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink, Connotations Press, The Rumpus, Heavy Feather Review and LitHub. She co-guest edited the Spring 2019 Yellow Medicine Review. An enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, she still lives on the rez.

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition, Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One’s Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. After a career in public policy and organizing, Ali taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.

BONK! 102 – 15 Minutes Of Fame @ Preservation Hall

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A very special evening of art and inspiring discussion. Part of the “Famous” Portraits Art Project by artist Deb Marett. Patterned after the TED Talks series. Our amazing cast of speakers will be sharing thoughts on making a difference in our everyday lives with our work and interactions. Live a life of purpose, intent, and impact. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit: http://debmarett.com/15-minutes-of-fame.html
*Please RSVP for groups of more than 5, so seats can be reserved.

 

FEATURING:

 

 Naomi Shihab Nye is an internationally acclaimed poet and children’s author. She refers to herself as a “wandering poet” because she has traveled the world to hold writing workshops and inspire people of all ages for about 40 years. She is an author of many poetry and children’s fiction books. Her poems are based on heritage and peace, and are connected to her experience as an Arab-American. Among her many awards, Naomi won the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

 

 Paul Willis is a poet and literature professor. Paul is a former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA, and has been included in The “Best American Poetry” series. Paul will be speaking on the evolving nature of one’s creative path or calling.

 

 Timothy Westbrook is a fashion designer and fiber artist with a focus on sustainability. Former Project Runway contestant. Timothy will be speaking about  transforming big ideas into reality simply by believing in them, and how one starfish can save the world.

 

is a non-violent communication facilitator and advocate for peace and justice. Olu will be discussing addressing the epidemic of violence in our communities.

 

 Thea Kovac is a Milwaukee artist and teacher. Thea will be talking about the cyclical nature of creativity, and the need for allowing oneself time to rejuvenate.

 

Aszya Summers is a conservation education manager at the Racine Zoo. Aszya will be talking about crane conservation and the work of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

 

Travis DuPriest taught Humanities and Creative Writing at Carthage College for 30 years. He published two scholarly editions of 17th-century writers and five creative Chapbooks of poems and essays. Travis will be talking about family, loss and reconciliation.

 

Nick Demske curates the BONK! performance series in Racine, and won the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award. Nick will encourage everyone to think about how each of us is simultaneously the most important, and the least important, thing in the universe.
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FEATURING:            
 
Poet                                     Angela Narcisco Torres  
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Writer                                Erika L. Sánchez
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Music                                 The Millers



ANGELA NARCISO TORRES’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry and was published by Willow Books/Aquarius Press in September 2013. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.
ERIKA L. SANCHEZ is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Witness, Anti-, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Boston Review, Latino USA on NPR, and is forthcoming in diode and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin 2015). Her nonfiction has been published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rolling Stone, Salon, NBC News, Cosmopolitan, and many others. You can find her at erikalsanchez.com.
 
Jeremy David Miller has been writing his own style of folk for some 15 years.  Along with help from partner and wife Bekah Miller the two deliver everything from charming love songs to wandering lyrical quests of death with ease and entertainment. From Chicago, IL THE MILLERS have built a musical repertoire that keeps fans ever interested and never disappointed.  Like them on an evil social-network here.
 
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BONK! 68
 SATURDAY, MAY24th
MY WICKED WAY
516 COLLEGE AVE
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:00!)
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Unfortunately, last week yet another loved BONK! family member passed away.  The Racine legend many knew as the guy on the bike with the beard–Moses–passed away of a heart attack on April 23rd.  He will be very missed by the BONK! family and by the Racine community at large.  Please join us to celebrate his life at the memorial service to be held at St Luke’s Church next week (details here).
We love you, Moses.  You’ll be missed!
 

 

 
 
And don’t forget the special Poet Laureate event at Carthage College tomorrow, featuring Nick Ramsey (Racine Laureate), Jean Preston (Kenosha Laureate) and Max Garland (Wisconsin State Laureate).  See here for details.
 

BONK! 53- Saturday, February 23rd/ Mexico City Is Sinking

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MEXICO CITY IS SINKING (MARCO JAIMEZ) ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
W/ SPECIAL GUEST:
JACKSON POTTER OF THE BARROW BAND
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
RACINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
75 7TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM
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You’ve heard Racine’s own Marco Jaimez playing at BONK! solo and in the duo I Have Three Hands.  Now, with the release of his first album, under the handle Mexico City Is Sinking, the Racine Public Library is proud to present Marco’s album release party, with special guest Jackson Potter of The Barrow Band.  This concert is free and open to the public.
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BONK! 53
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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musician              Kiran Vee (of Fresh Cut Collective)
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poet                    Quraysh Ali Lansana
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poet                   Ching-In Chen
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KIRAN VEE (aka Bellse Soneek) is a writer, musician, producer, and youth advocate from Milwaukee, WI. He is best known for his powerful and engaging live performances with hip hop fusion quintet, Fresh Cut Collective. Winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award for best hip hop group, Fresh Cut Collective has been building a substantial regional following for the past few years, and has had the honor of performing with such hip hop legends as The Roots, De La Soul, and Slick Rick. In 2012, Kiran was named Most Influential Milwaukeean in the area of arts and culture. He is currently working on his thesis project for the Master’s program in the Liberal Studies department at UWM. The project is a film built around nine original songs that explore the rights of passage that individuals go through in asking the question “Who am I?” and how those personal quests for authenticity–for truth, for the real–fit into a larger picture in an increasingly connected global society.

A graduate of Case High School, Kiran is very excited to come back to Racine and perform.

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QURAYSH ALI LANSANA is author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004) and the poetry collection Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000); The Big World, a children’s book, (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and three poetry chapbooks, bloodsoil (sooner red) (Center for the American Land, May 2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (Pudding House Publications, 2006) and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). His work has been published widely in journals and magazines across the country and internationally, including Callaloo, American Poetry Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS).  Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow.  He has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states.

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CHING-IN CHEN is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston. They are cream city review’s editor-in-chief.

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BONK! 52- Saturday, January 19th

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BONK! 52
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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musician              Frankie Flowers 
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poet                     Sarah Fox
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musician             Barnum’s Giant
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Frankie Flowers first came to be in November of 2006 in the stock room of a Foot Locker. He had been writing since childhood and, after coming into contact with some co-workers and friends, he decided to try his hand at rapping. By the fall of 2007 he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in music full-time. In December of 2008, he released his first album titled The Storyteller. After he returned home to Milwaukee, Frankie released his sophomore album New Beginning (Dec 2009), followed by Never Forget (Mar 2011). By the summer of 2011, Frankie teamed up with long time friend Jay One to form a high energy dynamic duo known as The Local Nobodies. In 2012 they released two projects, The Ep and The Ap, ultimately leading up to their full album The L. By the spring of 2013 Frankie plans to release his fourth solo album titled Phase II: The Journey. To learn more or to check out Frankie’s music and videos, visit http://frankieflowersmusic.com/.

From Frankie Flowers:”I’ve decided to donate 5% of all sales in 2013 to two charities, the lupus foundation of America and the surviving bullies charity. My mom has lupus and I’ve worked with kids in the inner city of Milwaukee who experience being bullied so I’m just trying to do my part.  It’s not much, but whatever I can do to bring awareness to both issues, I’m all for it.”  The merchandise link is http://frankieflowersmusic.com/shop/

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Sarah Fox was born and raised in Milwaukee, and now lives in Northeast Minneapolis where she co-directs, with John Colburn, the Center for Visionary Poetics. Coffee House Press published her first book, Because Why, in 2006 and will release The First Flag in early 2013. She teaches writing and poetics, contributes to the multi-author arts and culture blog Montevidayo, and also serves as a doula. Recent work appears in Conduit, Action Yes, Whole Beast Rag, Fence, We Are So Happy To Know Something, Poetry City USA Vol. 2, Spout, Rain Taxi, LUNGFULL!, and others. She performs poetry rituals and other intersubjective actions in public and private spaces around the Twin Cities and beyond.

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Barnum’s Giant is an alternative rock duo formed in the summer of 2012. Based in Milwaukee, Barnum’s Giant’s Billy Rayson & Kiefer Matthias connect between jazz/rock influenced drumming and intricate folk rock finger picking guitar, complimented by a voice that swings the melody of the lyrics, with walk-full bass licks featured live by Travis Johnson. Having recorded all their own songs, along with designing their own website and managing a diverse social media platform- Barnum’s Giant is sure to leave you with the old school rock element society needs. Be on the lookout for their EP ‘Cold Reader’ to be released this month.

In Case You Missed It

This show was completely rebonkulous. Check out the videos below in case you missed the event … or if you just want to relive good times. There’s a quick promo video, and an intro clip, followed by separate videos of Matt Mulready and Brent Mitchell. We didn’t get a chance to shoot video of Jessika’s video, but we’re hoping she sends us a tasty ZIP file with that wonderfully raw montage we screened Saturday night. Lorrie has decided not to have her video posted on the site. However, we do have footage of Jessika speaking during the Q&A, which will be getting posted soon.

Here are some testimonials from satisfied BONKers:

Here’s Nicky-Poo introducing the series:

This is Racine poet Matt Mulready, with a selection of work:

And here’s Brent Mitchell performing his songs & a poem. (Apologies to Brent on our not including the second poem from his set in this video … People can only tolerate so much shaky-camera: Our bad.)