Following the release of Issue One of Audacious in April 2015 and Issue Two in January 2016, we’re happy to announce plans for Issue Three and Four in 2016 including our first single artist issue and the opening of submissions for Issue Four.

Issue Three of Audacious features ‘The Collected Smirks of Santo Cazzati.’ The colourful face and musical voice of Santo Cazzati has been a regular fixture of the spoken word and poetry scene since 2006. The son of Italian immigrants, he entered spoken word from a past life as a concert pianist and avant-garde jazz musician.

He has featured at most of the regular gigs around Melbourne and interstate including The Dan, Passionate Tongues, Babble, The Spinning Room, La Mama Poetica, Eltham Courthouse, Bar Stanza, West Word and the Melbourne Poets Union as well as The Melbourne Writers Festival and The Queensland Poetry Festival. At The Overload Poetry Festival, he won the Shelton Lea Award for Best Solo Performance. He was the ‘Poetry Jockey’ of House of Bricks Spoken Word and is now one of the MCs at new gig, The Owl and The Cat Readings, as well as a founder and one of the hosts of 3CR Spoken Word.

Issue Three marks our first ever single artist Issue and we hope that this new project will open up more opportunities for spoken word artists to be published. We plan to release the Issue in the coming months.

We’d also like to announce the opening of submissions for Issue Four of Audacious, hopefully due out before the end of the year. Issue Four is the first issue that will edited and selected by the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee, including Benjamin Solah, Amanda Anastasi, Anthony O’Sullivan, Kendra Keller, Sam Ferrante and Arielle Cottingham. Work will be selected from the pool of open submissions, with some pieces commissioned, as well as featuring the 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize winner, Steve Smart and 2015 Slamalamadingdong Season Finals winner, John Englezos.

Submissions are open until August 31, 2016. Submit your piece via our Submittable Page. Please only submit one piece, in wave file format. Preference is given for performers based in Melbourne, but we do accept submissions from outside of Melbourne. You may be asked to re-record your work if we accept your poem.

Photo by Brendan Bonsack

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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