Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00pm
House of Bricks Gallery
40 Budd Street Collingwood
Has an Open Mic?
Speak to the host and poetry jockey Santo Cazzati
House of Bricks Spoken Word happens monthly around the end of the month. It has been going since 2012 under the stewardship of House of Bricks gallery organiser Crib Millen and the MC of the poetry gig, Poetry Jockey Santo Cazzati. Santo is the only known poetry jockey in the cosmos (insert academic footnote for verification here by authority on cosmological poetry jockeys, Amanda Anastasi). A poetry jockey is like a disc jockey in a bar or night club. Santo controls the aural environment by selecting his four feature artists and ten open mic candidates in any order that he sees fit (insert acknowledgement here to Anthony O’Sullivan, from whom the idea was stolen to then be brilliantly modified by Santo). This creates a particular atmosphere, sometimes scintillating, sometimes profound, poets being listened to in pindropping silence, or being positively heckled during their performance. The emphasis is on the way poetry comes from the voice of the poet, wafts in the air, and gently caresses the listener.
Poets at HOBSW might be very performance oriented or very literary oriented, and the two seem to happily coinhabit the space. And the space is unique in the world as probably the only poetry gig with an open roll-a-door onto the world, allowing smokers to participate without causing passive smoking danger to other participants.
Sjaak de Jong
Sjaak strayed into the world of poetry about 30 years ago from the halls dungeons and cellars of rock and roll, and was founding member of the sound-poetry chorus UQ, a very strange and edgy performance group that managed to be in existence for over 20 years. He has often worked with poets striving to create a genuine hybrid of poetry and music and continues to be the producer/convenor of a number of experimental poetry compilations “Voiceprints XX” that aim to expose local practitioners to a wider audience.
Lawrence Tobius Sampson Greene
Lawrence honed his craft while living by the skin of his teeth in Cambodia, where he spoke for his supper all up and down the bars of Otres Beach. He likes words, he likes rhythm, and likes making people laugh, so he’s not at all bothered that the poem he gets the most compliments for is the dumbest one he’s ever written.
Jeltje Fanoy has been writing, performing and editing poetry since the 1970s. Her publications include the collections “Living in Aboriginal Australia”, “Catching worms” and “Poetry Live in the House”, the collaborations of poetry and music “So Be It” and “Dreaming in English”, and the compilations CDs “Poetry for Peace” and “Heart to Heart” (Reconciliation Poetry at La Mama Poetica). She has also translated works by Netherlands poet Arjen Duinker into from Dutch into English, including her translation of “De Zon en de Wereld” (The Sun and the World). Jeltje was a convenor of poetry performances at La Mama Poetica from 2004 until 2010.
Amanda Anastasi’s poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies both locally and overseas. Amanda’s first collection 2012 and other poems was named in Ali Alizadeh’s ‘Top Ten Poetic Works of 2012’ in Overland Literary Journal. She also co-wrote Loop City, with Steve Smart and NZ composer Yvette Audain, produced by MSO’s Sarah Curro. Amanda won the 2010 and 2011 Williamstown Literary Festival’s Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. She has since been a judge for both the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and the Right Now Human Rights Poetry Prize. She has performed in many spoken word events and festivals in Melbourne.
Write Your Way Forward is a monthly Creative Writing workshop series facilitated by award-winning poet Cameron Semmens
Would you like to: – discover your voice as a writer? – find the right words to express your feelings? – get the literary skills to not just express, but also – impress?
Then this for you!
“Let me help you tap into the deep well of inspiration you have within, and find those words and stories you need to share!” – Cam
1pm – 5pm with a good half-hour afternoon tea break in the middle.
You could bring something to share and have a cup of tea or coffee at the venue.
To bring: Bring whatever you are comfortable writing in – notebook, pad, tablet or laptop. And some snacks for yourself, or to share if you’d like to.
If you can’t make a certain session: This workshop is part of a workshop series running monthly through until October IN TWO VENUES on different weeks. So, the good news is: they are all independent sessions (so come to whichever you can make it to); also: if, over the months, you can’t make your local chosen session, you can consider coming to the other venue – as the session will be essentially the same.
The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, performing ‘Lessons Learnt’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam, May 25, 2017.
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wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Alal Broughton performing ‘Tough, girls’ on the open mic at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
Alal Broughton is as lost as she wants to be. Australian born with Ugandan and white Australian heritage, for Alal every day is an opportunity for discovery and transformation. Alal’s world surrounds itself in creativity. The art of storytelling was bestowed to her around open campfires and full dinner tables by her parents and aunties. These days, whether traveling up and down the East coast of Australia in search of identity, dreaming of her mother’s Ancestry, or creating poetry, stories and music in Melbourne, Alal tackles these pilgrimages of life with journal and pen in hand and thick lips poised to tell all. Every day brings us new opportunity to construct our own realities and to share stories through words, songs and artifacts. Alal strives to capture such moments in the lives around her in an attempt to understand herself.