RACINE – The November BONK! the event will take place on Saturday, November 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Central Time). The event will be held on the Zoom webinar and will be streamed live on Facebook at BONK! The Facebook page. Organized and hosted by Kelsey Marie Harris, BONK! will feature spoken word artists Ross Gay, IrÃ¨ne Mathieu and Michael Chang. For more information, visit the BONK! website.
Ross Gay is the author of four collections of poetry: Against which; Lower the shovel; Hold; and Shameless Gratitude Catalog, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Hold, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in September 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was published by Algonquin Books in 2019.
Dr IrÃ¨ne P. Mathieu is a pediatrician and a writer. She is the author of Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), and the galaxy of origins (dancer press, 2014). His poems appeared in American poetry review, Story, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Callaloo, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. IrÃ¨ne is on the editorial boards of muzzle magazine and the Journal of General Internal Medicinethe humanities section. A recipient of Fulbright, Callaloo and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts scholarships, she works as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia.
Michael chang (they / them) is the author of several collections of poetry, including DRAKKAR NOIR (winner of the Bateau Press BOOM Chapbook Competition), CHINATOWN ROMEO (Ursus Americanus Press, 2021), as well as BOYFRIEND PERSPECTIVE (Really Serious Literature, 2021). Selected to edit Lambda Literary’s Emerge anthology, their poems were nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Award. In 2021, they received the prestigious Brannan Prize from the Poetry Project. Their ALMANAC OF USELESS TALENTS collection is forthcoming from CLASH Books.
HAPPINESS ! exists to bring healing, justice, fairness, joy, connection and quality of life to the Racine community and beyond, through a variety of educational and community development initiatives, including a series of world-class performing arts. Happiness ! The series features poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and all kinds of talent in between. Founded in the fall of 2008, the BONK! The series has been going on with one event every month for over thirteen years now. HAPPINESS ! 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 the Olde Madrid restaurant.
For more information, you can visit the BONK! website, or contact Alex Reilly at (262) 989-2930 or email us at [email protected]