Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
$15/12 pre-booked or $20/15 on the door
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the recently crowned Women and the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart, all the way from Texas, USA, performing a full set supported by some amazing spoken word artists from Melbourne including The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, Chalise van Wyngaardt, Ania Walwicz and Rik The Most
Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. Ebony Stewart was on the Austin Neo Soul Slam team in 2010 that finished fourth in the Nation. She coached the 2012 Austin Neo-Soul & 2015 Austin Poetry Slam teams, that finished first and fifth, respectively, at the National Poetry Slam and the 2015 They Speak Youth Slam that finished eighth in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. In 2015, she debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama and received the David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Recently crowned, Co-Champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Slam Find, and read in several online magazines such as For Harriet, Teen Vogue and The Texas Observer. Ebony Stewart aka The Gully Princess aka “She’ll eat your cupcake” is the #storyoftheblackgirlwinning.
Hosted by Oliver Mol, featuring readings by Oliver Mol, Eric Yoshiaki Dando, Laura Jean McKay, Nevo Zisin, Miles Allinson and Romy Ash.
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.