Friday, May 8 @ 7:30pm
Melbourne Physical & Natural Studio
Fitzroy VIC AU
Has an Open Mic?
Mother Tongue is a monthly intimate and gentle evening of Passionate, Powerful, Vulnerable and Honest womens spoken word. From rap to storytelling, poetry to monologues this night embodies every genre of “Spoken Word” and attempts to represent every aspect of “woman” from student to housewife, transgender to straight CIS, nice girl to erotic demoness and everything in between. It is a mixed gender audience with a cosy, living room atmosphere, that gives a space for 8 open mic slots and two feature artist to inspire and be inspired, to share in a safe place, to push boundaries and to have boundaries pushed…. and to top it all off there is vegan treats and chai too.
Zainab Zahra Syed
Zainab Zahra Syed is a Pakistani activist and spoken word poet. She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Zainab won the College Unions Poetry Slam at Brown University in 2012 and has performed at venues in the US, Pakistan and Australia and will be going on a European Tour in June. She has worked as a poetry workshop facilitator at the women’s prisons in Rhode Island and at schools in Lahore and Islamabad teaching storytelling as healing. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics. Her first full length manuscript weaves the history of the Pakistani Partition with personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile memory and the act of remembering.
Lana Woolf is a writer, spoken word artist, radio producer and activist among many other things. She has won the annual Percy Shelly Poetry Slam two years running (2012/2013), has placed in both storytelling and performance poetry at the Sydney Rd Writers Festival (2013), has featured at Keep Left (2012), JOY 94.9 International Lesbian Day Show (2012 & 2014), House of Bricks (2013), Laughs for Diversity (2014), The annual Percy Shelly Poetry Slam (2014) JOY 94.9, International Women’s Day Event (2014) University of Melbourne, Judy Punch magazine launch (2014), Out In The Open (2014). Lana’s collective work is self reflective and often examines the experiences of racism, sexism and homophobia that exist in the world in which we live.
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.