Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00pm
Lentil As Anything Abbotsford
1-3 St Heliers St Abbotsford
Has an Open Mic?
Charlotte and Sharifa have been working on their chapbooks for the best part of the last year now and it’s finally time to unleash into the world at a casual launch where the compilation authors themselves will be performing with a line up of the local talent Melbourne has to offer.
The Melanin Monologues by Charlotte Laurasia Raymond is an anthology of poems from the perspective of a queer woman of colour and the way in which she exists within her modern day western context.
ColourBlind by Sharifa A Tartoussi is an anthology of longer poems exploring the external and internal struggles of a middle eastern muslim woman growing up in the west.
Two compilations of poetry that will undoubtedly leave your soul feeling fed and a launch to match.
Signed copies of the books will be available for purchase on the day.
Sharifa A Tartoussi
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dental student, poet and performer. Equal parts worrier, warrior and all round human, when she is not squinting at teeth or hitting the books, she writes and sometimes, she works up the courage to perform. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word gig aiming to create space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a unique mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from both eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She has a soft spot for traditional middle-eastern poets that have not yet been propelled into the realms of mainstream appropriation, baby goats, dishes that contain coconut milk, outrageously large glasses and anything that reminds her of pre-war home.
Charlotte L Raymond
Charlotte is a poet, social worker, burlesque dancer, and aspiring AUSLAN interpreter. Born and raised in Melbourne, she first attended spoken word while studying in Madrid in 2014. She then dabbled in the Melbourne spoken word poetry scene while juggling a Masters degree and has since found her own space and voice in late 2016. Her work explores the intersections of identity, race, sexuality, mental health and family, and has been published in DJed express. She is ambidextrous, hoping that the thoughts flow through her mind will trace from both hands to the page in both poetry and prose
To the Ends of the ‘Verse is all open mic, all the time, hosted between two venues, The Skylark Room out east in Upwey and at the warm and cozy Open Studio in the inner-northern suburb of Northcote. Hosted by poet Justine Walsh, it began as a spoken word poetry event for Belgrave’s inaugural End Of The Line festival in November 2012 and has been hosting events ever since.
Emina Ashman performs ‘Ablution’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
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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.
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.
Melbourne Spoken Word was founded in 2015, with the idea of it being a central online hub for spoken word in Melbourne, the place to find out about events, discuss spoken word, and involve the spoken word scene in a unified platform to amplify our artform and bring in new audiences.
A couple of years ago we expanded from a website that people could add their events and submit articles to, to an organisation consisting of a committee from the spoken word community to create accountability and share some decision making. This year, as we move towards incorporation, we wanted to expand that further.
We’re calling out for those involved in spoken word in Melbourne to fulfil some specific roles, namely some people for our new Board and some fresh perspectives in the current committee. We also want to create some co-ordinator roles, including a reviews editor, a comment/opinion pieces editor, some interviewers and a producer to help to produce our podcast and audio-journal, Audacious.
All roles unless otherwise stated are currently volunteer roles, and for people with a passion for spoken word and existing support for the aims of Melbourne Spoken Word. Currently, MSW is applying for grants and seeking other funds to provide payment for roles. We’d love for you to be part of the process of MSW becoming an official not-for-profit organisation for the spoken word scene in Melbourne. MSW believes in paying artists where funding is available. We’re not looking for someone who merely wants to use the role to add something to their CV, but someone who sees the value of this work in the community.
Board Members MSW is in the process of forming a legally recognised incorporated association, with membership, that is registered as deductible gift recipient (DGR) – that’s a not for profit organisation that you can become a member of. In order to do that, we need to form a board, and are calling for expressions of interests,