Sunday, March 26 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
$15/12 ($20/15 on the door)
Has an Open Mic?
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Melbourne Spoken Word presents one of Australia’s most renowned poets, Luka Lesson. He’s performed at Writers Festivals around the world, won the Australian Poetry Slam in 2011, and the Victorian Poetry Slam in 2010, and worked with the likes of the National Gallery of Victoria. His book “The Future Ancients” is a best-seller around Australia.
Taylor Mali describes him as “a sonic literary genius.”
He is visiting Melbourne to bring us an all spoken word set, supported by local poets, Amy Bodossian, Omar Sakr and the winner of Slamalamadingdong in February.
Luka Lesson is a spoken word and HipHop artist who has been writing rap music for nine years. Luka discovered Slam Poetry in 2008 and in 2011 won the Australian Poetry Slam final. With four years of touring throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and North America, 13 Writers’ Festivals, nine years of workshop experience and ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for The National Gallery of Victoria, Greece’s pioneer HipHop group Active Member, South Africa’s OneBlood Festival and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. In 2013, his debut book, “The Future Ancients” became an independent best-seller and a part of educational programs in selected schools from Hong Kong to Melbourne. Luka has released two full length albums: Please Resist Me (2011) and EXIT (2014) where he blurs the lines between a conscious HipHop lyricist and insightful story-teller.
Critically acclaimed performance artist, story teller, cabaret starlet, poet and character comedienne, Amy Bodossian, has been captivating audiences with her uniquely irreverent, whimsical, and profoundly honest performances for over ten years. She’s been on Spicks and Specks, been nominated for a Green Room Award, and performed at countless festivals around Australia. These include The Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, The Big day Out, The Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. ‘Endearing, disturbing, confronting, emotive, fragile.’ **** 1/2 – The Advertiser. ‘Pure genius.’ – The Scotsman. ‘There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence, no matter how well labelled, that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies.’ – Finger Magazine.
Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney, and the current Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Island, Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Strange Horizons, Red Room Company, Tincture, and Antic, among many others. He received the runner-up award in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2015), and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, is out now with Cordite Books. His poetry has been translated into Arabic as well as Spanish, and anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Melbourne Spoken Word presents Sierra de Mulder (USA) with support form a powerhouse line-up of Melbourne spoken word artists, to be announced.
Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and a four-time published author. Her work has been featured by NPR, Huffington Post, Nike, To Write Love On Her Arms, and more. In addition to performing, Sierra is also the curriculum director of the Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. Her latest full-length collection, Today Means Amen, was released in 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.
Danny Hutley performs ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
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Danny Hutley is from Essex in the UK, and has been a regular on Melbourne’s open mics for the last two years. His poetry explores distance, fragmenting relationships and dance-floors. He came second place in the June Shenfield poetry award and was highly commended in the John Shaw Nielson poetry award. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.