Tuesday, August 16 @ 7:30pm
La Mama Courthouse Theatre
349 Drummond Street Carlton
Has an Open Mic?
Buy tickets @ http://lamama.com.au/2016-winter-program/…
La Mama Poetica is an evening of some of the best spoken word and poetry to be found in Melbourne. Each Poetica event features four diverse poets, with a range of styles and personalities – some established, others emerging. It will always be the place to come to hear our finest Melbourne poets, as well as the new and cutting edge contemporary poets.
The first poetry events held at La Mama Theatre date back to the 1970s, and La Mama Poetica is proud to continue the presentation of poets at this much-loved venue. Currently Poetica is held at the heritage-listed La Mama Courthouse Theatre, an icon of the performing arts in Melbourne. It is a beautiful intimate space for poets to perform in.
La Mama Poetica is curated by Amanda Anastasi and is held quarterly on a Tuesday night, usually in February, April, August and October.
Komninos Zervos was born in 1950 in Melbourne. He has been writing poetry on a professional basis since 1985, taking his poetry to schools, community groups, hotels, music venues, prisons, coffee lounges, universities, radio, television, and now the internet. (http://www.komninos.com.au) He has published two collections of poetry with the University of Queensland Press (Komninos, 1991, and Komninos by the Kupful, 1995); a collection of poetry for children illustrated by Peter Viska and published by Oxford University Press (The Baby Rap and Other Poems, 1992); and a hardcover illustrated children’s picture book published by Harper Collins in 1991. In 1992 he received the Australian Human Rights Award for literature, and in 1993 he was awarded the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for outstanding achievement in community arts. In 1995 he completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, and authored a cd-rom of cyberpoetry for his dissertation. In 1997 he travelled to London to be writer in residence at Artec, a multimedia training and resource centre in Islington, where he authored a cd-rom, Cyberpoetry Underground. He also convened the Cyber Studies major at the School of Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, from 1999 to 2007. Komninos’s poetry is taught in schools and is on the syllabus for year 12 HSC Standard English in NSW.
Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY, Ireland, and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin’s Slam Sunday, Sam is now a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong. She is also Editor-in-Chief for online magazine, CrowdInk, and a regular attendee of as many poetry events as she can cram into a week. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up got rave reviews from her Mom.
Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slama runs on the last Thursday of every month, with slammers competing for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.
Jay J Larkin performs ’23’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
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Jay J Larkin combines her love for poetry and good food every month at her pop up poetry cafe Miss Millie’s. Here she’s been able to cultivate a community of poets mature and green, whilst eating homemade brownies. When she’s not baking for Miss Millie’s you can find her running workshops for high schools, judging many a competition or running more poetry events with the Islamic Museum of Australia. And sometimes when she’s not behind the scenes she takes place on stage and performs her own work, almost always centring around relationships, identity, feminism and her journey as a woman so far.
Girls on Key is a monthly poetry event supporting women and non-binary artists, that takes place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at Open Studio, Northcote. For more information visit girlsonkey.com, their Facebook Page, Twitter, and YouTube channel.
Emina Ashman performs ‘Ablution’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
Emina Ashman is an actor, theatre-maker and poet currently based in Melbourne. She is a 2014 acting graduate of the VCA. Upon graduating, her acting credits include Bock Kills Her Father (La Mama Theatre), Tales of a City by the Sea (La Mama Courthouse), Roberto Zucco (La Mama Theatre) and Too Ready Mirror (Darebin Speakeasy). This year, she performs in Hungry Ghosts as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2018 Education Season. She recently completed her Honours in Independent Theatre Practice VCA, where she developed her play “Make Me A Houri,” a piece that explores the tensions between exercising her sensuality and spirituality.