January 18, beginning at 6p.m. This month's BONK! will feature New York-based poet Hafizah
Geter, Racine-based poet Ann Stotts and Racine native musician Luke Patterson. Created to
expose the public to both local and nationally recognized artistic talents, the BONK! series
showcases poets, writers, musicians, film makers and all sorts of talents in between. Founded
in fall of 2008, the BONK! series has been running with an event every month for over 5 years
now. A completely free program, BONK! is held at The Racine Arts Council at 316 6th
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with seating available on a first come/first served basis. Each BONK!
event features a short question and answer session with the artists at the end of the program.
HAFIZAH GETER is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York.
The recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers, her poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in BOXCAR Poetry Review, RHINO, Drunken Boat, Columbia Poetry Review, New
Delta Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Linebreak, among
others. Learn more about this artist and her work at www.hafizahgeter.com
ANN STOTTS has been writing poetry since 1973. She has been published in many remote,
mostly defunct magazines. She received a master’s degree in creative writing through the
Program for Writers at the University of Illinois Chicago. She’s been teaching writing at the
college level for the last 27 years and currently teaches at Gateway Technical College where she
is the Racine poetry editor for the Red Hawk Review.
LUKE PATTERSON is a Racine native and sophomore in college studying music composition
and English. He spent the past semester in Varanasi, India studying sitar and dodging irate water
buffalo. He is happy to be back home on the piano and honored to part of the BONK! series.
BONK! is made possible by the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, the Friends of the
Racine Public Library, The Racine Arts Council, Olde Madrid restaurant, Pink Magnolia
restaurant and The Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
For more information or to view video of past BONK! performances please visit http://
bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com. You may also contact Nick Demske at the Racine Public
Library: 262.619.2570 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to receive monthly
e-mail updates about the BONK! series, please send a blank e-mail to the address above with the
subject heading “BONK! e-mail.”