Thursday, July 9 @ 6:30pm
744 High St Thornbury
Has an Open Mic?
Randall Stephens and Steve Smart once again host one of their infamous duo sets at Tago Mago, this time bringing with them Griffin (host of Brother Tongue), and George O’Hara (one of the hosts of Spoken Word on 3CR) plus a photo exhibition with Michael Reynolds, one of the great photographic documenters of the Melbourne poetry scene.
Over the past 16-17 years Steve Smart has performed all over the world, run workshops, gigs, festivals (RIP Overload Poetry Festival) and been sporadically published. He has released six poetry CDs, various self-published chapbooks and has a massive web presence. His hair is no longer categorised as brown, it is now officially ‘salt and pepper’. As a poet Steve has been described as ‘Melbourne’s rockstar of performance poetry’ – (Perth Poetry Club), “wildly funny to deeply moving’ (Simon Leo Brown – abc.net.au) and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi – melbournespokenword.com). He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.
Randall Stephens has written poetry about other poetry, cycling, haemophilia, eroticism and sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people idiots. Because they’re idiots. He’s been published, broadcast, vilified, ostracized, substance effected and performed on stages in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and competed in slams in London as well as New York, but he didn’t do very well because he was crap back then and slams weren’t. He currently lives in Denial, and has toured extensively through other emotional states throughout Australia. He’s recently completed cycling across the Nullarbor from Perth to Melbourne. This adventure was combined with touring performance poetry from his first printed collection ‘One For The Road’. His first album ‘PRODUCT’ is available at www.randallstephens.bandcamp.com with a third of the proceeds being donated to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. He continues blogging poetry at ‘Tales Told by an Idiot’ (http://www.randallstephenspoetry.com) He also hates re-writing his bio, and has vowed not to do so again for a while.
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
Omar Sakr performs ‘Ghosting the Ghetto’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Luka Lesson, at Howler on March 26, 2017.
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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney, and the current Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Island, Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Strange Horizons, Red Room Company, Tincture, and Antic, among many others. He received the runner-up award in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2015), and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, is out now with Cordite Books. His poetry has been translated into Arabic as well as Spanish, and anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.