Saturday, July 25 @ 7:30pm
Ground NAB Building 800
Has an Open Mic?
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Zee Khan, at Harbour Kitchen in Docklands, MC’d by Joel McKerrow and performing alongside local Melbourne poe
Slam of the Century is a celebration of contemporary slam competitions. In it, twenty poets will have exactly three minutes to say their piece. The winner is selected by the audience and such shall receive a fitting prize (probably a recorder, I dunno, I’ll see what I can rustle up. Remember, this is all about the prestige, the fun, but mostly the bragging rights, so swing by Sydney Road for a night of slam and debacle.
Note: New venue! Slam of the Century has moved from Preston Lentils, to My Handlebar on Sydney Road.
The Dan Poets is a weekly poetry reading that takes place every Saturday afternoon from 2pm at The Dan O’Connell Hotel. Founded by poet Grant Alexander McCracker, in 1994, it is the longest running poetry event active in Melbourne. Dan Poets are run by a committee of poets who currently include Libby Charlton, Steve Smart, Anne Bowman and Norman Jensen. With a $100 open mic competition on the first Saturday of the month, a free drink for first time readers, and featuring some of the most respected and talented features in Melbourne and Australia, it is a staple of Melbourne poetry and a relaxed afternoon every week.
$100 CASH PRIZE. One Winner. One Prize. Winner voted by audience, secret ballot. Time Limit is 5 minutes. That’s the limit, if your poems goes for less than the 5 minute limit, that’s ok.
ONE POEM ONLY. NO instruments, in competition. If lyrics are your thing, fine, read them as spoken word. Reading a poem from paper is ok, most poets do this.
The founder of slam poetry, Marc Smith (so what!) this construction worker in Chicago had a vision of going beyond stuffy poetry readings that so people imagine a poetry gig is like to put poets in a ring to duke it out. Around the time of slams birth and growth, there were numerous events in the US where poets actually performed in rings, sometimes dressed up like boxer or wrestlers and had “fights to the death” and other such antics.
Melbourne Spoken Word is presenting ‘poetry SLAM!’ on Friday, October 16 at Scratch Warehouse in North Melbourne. We plan to take this metaphor into the literal and place poets in the ring using words as no-holds-barred weapons with some of the characters and unique personalities in our poetry scene duking it out.
We’re off scouting and creating matches of a lifetime, finding which poets to pit against each other, but we’re also putting out an open callout for poets who think they fit the bill, or have particular ideas for characters or personas to take on during the night. We’re looking for poets more of the performative ilk, people who are happy to exaggerate themselves a bit, and play with and subvert tropes of both performance poetry, with a playful take on professional wrestling, and subvert that too.
You would need to be available on the night of Friday the 16th plus there will be another dress rehearsal scheduled.
Anthony O’Sullivan performs “Poem for the Anthem of a Generation” at Beta Poetica, on June 19, 2015. First written and performed for Liner Notes, in response to Nirvana’s “Smells like teen spirit.”
Melbourne poet and convener of monthly poetry event Mother Tongue, Fleassy Malay, launched her debut video, ‘My Daughter’ last Friday in Brunswick. Filmed and edited by Joel McKerrow, with music by Meena Shamaly and Heidi Waddell. Proudly supported by Melbourne Spoken Word.
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