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June 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
This month’s BONK! event will be held on Saturday, June 26th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm CST. The event will be hosted on Zoom and streamed to Facebook Live at the BONK! Facebook page. There is no cost to attend. Curated and hosted by Kelsey Marie Harris, BONK! will feature spoken word artists Sparkle Motion, Gwendalynn Roebke, and Alea McHatten. A link to the Zoom info, the Facebook feed, and more can be found at https://bonkperformanceseries.
Sparkle Motion (a-k-a Sparkle D. Motion) is a human being. She sings, makes art, and drafts proposals in her spare and main times. Her favorite dishes are Shrimp & Lobster Sauce (no MSG pls) and Tamago. She is currently seeking a producer capable of creating sounds with electronica intent – inquire within… Genres: Electronica, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
Gwendalynn is Black/multiracial, gender non conforming, they/them just doing their best to exist. They write and perform poems and have their first full-length collection “A Bruxist Manifesto” being published by Really Serious Literature this year. Are they a poet? Debatable. Really they just want to write interesting things and design their own tattoos.
Alea McHatten is a Black, Non-binary, Milwaukee native, poet, facilitator, and student of life. Their writings have granted them performances across the nation, have appeared online, and have made room for her in local headlines and international poetry competitions. Alea began their career in late 2010 and has yet to put down the pen. She strives to shine a light on the gray areas of the human experience using her art as a platform to spark dialogue. As an educator, she guides others through discussion and creative rhetoric in an effort to build dignity in the community while gaining further understanding of self in relation to the world. It is their mission to bring people together to share in the commonwealth of knowledge and resources. Alea furthers her service through storytelling and theater with Ex Fabula and Renaissance Theaterworks. Alea’s motto is “if you wanna break a glass ceiling, you better bring a hammer.” Their first full collection of poetry, “Garden of Ghost”, will be published in November 2021.
BONK! exists to bring healing, justice, equity, joy, connection, and quality of life to the Racine community and beyond, through a variety of educational and community-building initiatives, including a world-class performing arts series. The BONK! series showcases poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and all sorts of talent in between. Founded in the fall of 2008, the BONK! series has been running with an event every month for over twelve years now. BONK! Is made possible by The Racine Public Library, the Racine Community Foundation, the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, the Friends of the Racine Public Library, and Olde Madrid restaurant.