Friday, February 23 @ 6:30pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
$100 open mic comp. Sign up on the door.
Melbourne Poets Union would like to invite you (and everyone you know) to the first event of 2018. With a $100 prize for the best poem on the open mic! Featuring two fantastic, widely published, super experienced, highly respected poets; Grant Caldwell and Jennifer Compton!
Grant Caldwell’s poetry has been published widely in Australia since the 1970s, as well as in Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and U.S.A. His latest book of poetry is Reflections of a Temporary Self: New & Selected Poems (Collective Effort/Trojan Press, 2015) his eighth book of poetry, covering 40 years of writing. A new novel, Love and Derangement (Arcadia) was released in November 2014. He was awarded Australia Council for the Arts Established Writers Fellowships in 1992 and 1994. He has represented Australia at international poetry festivals in China, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand. He is a senior lecturer in the Creative Writing program at University of Melbourne.
Jennifer Compton lives in Carrum out on the Frankston line. She is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. Her stage play, The Goose In The Bottle, was shortlisted for the Lysicrates Prize last year and Verity La published a piece about Koo Wee Rup called Famous For Asparagus. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic. A new book of poetry (working title Next) is a third of the way there, and several stage plays are being intermittently recalcitrant.
You could win money, you could win the raffle, you will see some seriously good poetry.
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,