Saturday, July 25 @ 7:30pm
Ground NAB Building 800
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/IEUK
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Zee Khan, at Harbour Kitchen in Docklands, MC’d by Joel McKerrow and performing alongside local Melbourne poets, Brendan Reed Dennis (Victorian Finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam), Ebony MonCrief, Abdul Hammoud, Soreti Kadir and the winner of the Slamalamadingdong June Back2Basics slam.
Zohab Zee Khan
Zohab Khan is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and a performance artist. Zohab has toured Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Europe to sell-out crowds. Zohab was a finalist in the 2014 International Poetry Slam in Madrid and the Spanish Poetry Slam State Finals. Zohab published his first book, ‘I Write’ this year, a collection of poetry that spans half a decade of championship winning poems and toured four major cities in China as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival. This year, he has also made appearances at various writer’s festivals in Auckland, Sydney, Byron, Bellingen and Ubud. All Zohab’s performances dates and appearances are listed on his website, www.zohabzee.com
Being of Oromo heritage but having spent most of her life living in Melbourne, Soreti is committed to cultivating the power of the African diaspora through her work as one of the Co-Founders and the Directing Manager of In Our Own Words; an NGO focused on self-awareness, de-colonial thinking and community empowerment. Soreti’s expression as a spoken word artist and an emerging writer encompasses her passion for critical thinking, the strengthening of the African diaspora and community engagement.
Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships.
Ebony MonCrief, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is a writer, performance poet, inspirational speaker and producer of the open mic Voices in the Attic. Through words, she explores art, music, humanity, the universe and most importantly self. Her vibrant storytelling style engages, entertains and provides audiences with a honest look at the person behind the words.
Brendan Reed Dennis
Brendan Reed Dennis has been turning heads and blowing minds in Melbourne since his arrival in January 2014. From dingy Melbourne bars to the Sydney opera house, Brendan has left audiences in a poetry induced state of existential crisis. As one of the younger writers in the Melbourne poetry scene he prefers the term ‘prodigy’ to ‘young poet. He is the the man with the golden tongue and it has earned him the title of Victorian State Poetry Champion of 2014. Watch out, Steve Smart says he’s a charming bastard!
Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivates by and connects to. Abdul has performed alongside poetic giants like Luka Lesson, Ken Arkind, Anis Mojgani, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali and Shihan. He has also managed to teach numerous writing classes and workshops for schools and various organizations. His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is now also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. Most of his work revolves around current issues including the constant state of war in the Middle East, cultural division, as well as the portrayal of masculinity. He is also a full time student and an avid purveyor of starting books but not finishing them.
Are you 16-25 years old? Do you have a passion for storytelling, rap, short stories, poetry, photography, illustration etc.? Do you want to get published and create an interactive community dialogue while you’re at it?
Then come join local storyteller Sista Zai Zanda in Yarra Libraries’ new, interactive, installation-based, community storytelling project – ‘The Poetree’
Sessions will alternate between:‘Young Creative Writers Group Workshops’ (16-25 year olds)
Join Sista Zai Zanda – storyteller, educator and radio producer for The Pan Afrikan Poets Café – as she guides the group through such themes as biography and bio-mythography, creating believable characters and relatable stories, overcoming writer’s block, self-publishing/zine-making, and more. (Dates: 09.09, 23.09, 07.10, 21.10, 04.11, 18.11)‘Open writing sessions’ (Open to all ages)
The group will write quietly for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to share ideas, network and socialise. Writers can choose to respond to prompts set by The Poetree group or work on your project. There is no workshopping, so it doesn’t matter what you are writing or which language you are writing in! (Dates: 16.09, 30.09, 14.10, 28.10, 11.11, 25.11)
The Poetree is on display at Fitzroy Library for the duration of the project.
BYO writing materials and/or laptops. Wi-Fi and power available. Light refreshments served.
Yoram Symons performing ‘The Whale’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy on September 1, 2017.
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Yoram Symons is an engaging and unique voice on the Melbourne poetry scene, known for his enchanting storytelling technique. Yoram is a writer, poet and VR/AR producer in Melbourne. His performance work is a mixture of hypnosis and intensity, exploring the intersection of history, culture, technology and the personal experience.
Slam. Is this once agent in changing the way we produce and consume performance poetry still relevant?
For those who are not familiar with slam: Slam is a competition format in which poets are given a set time limit to perform their pieces and are then scored by a total of 5 randomly selected audience members, the scores usually range from 1-10 to the nearest 0.1 with the top and bottom scores being dropped in order to avoid bias, giving each poet a final score out of 30. The poet with the highest score at the end of the night wins. There are many variations on this basic format (which was first introduced by Marc Smith) employed by poetry competitions across the globe.
Slam boasts origins in the idea that the people should have a say in the type of content they are presented with. That is, that those who are the predominant consumers of performance poetry or spoken word; the audience should be the deciding party in the kind of work that is allowed recognition and reward. This has given rise to a style of poetry unofficially termed “slam poetry.”
Slam poetry is a term used to define the type of poetry, both in cadence and content, that is likely to score well at slams. A poet who presents poetry predominantly of this style may be called a slam poet. And while slam, by definition, is a format for competition, the world of slam poets and slam poetry is a rapidly growing one with poets who have attained worldwide recognition for their execution of this style of poetry. However, over time and particularly on our extensive and hugely varied poetry scene, the idea that the poetry presented in slam is of an inferior quality is becoming an increasingly held one.
That is to say, there is a specific school of thought which views slam through a lens that portrays the art that is presented on slam stages as simplistic, repetitive and lacking in any depth beyond the concise point that the artist is trying to make in the allotted time limit.