Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
$20 (or $15 for Patreon Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/melbspokenword)
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ https://www.trybooking.com/OOQL
As part of our Spoken Word Night School series presented by Melbourne Spoken Word.
In February, we bring you Komninos Zervos, where he will take participants through a 3-hour writing-based workshop, getting you back to basics, letting the words stand on their own and using language economically. He will also guide you in how this may be used to teach poetry in schools and community groups, as he did for ten years before teaching poetry at uni.
Komninos Zervos was born in 1950 in Melbourne. He has been writing poetry on a professional basis since 1985, taking his poetry to schools, community groups, hotels, music venues, prisons, coffee lounges, universities, radio, television, and now the internet. (http://www.komninos.com.au) He has published two collections of poetry with the University of Queensland Press (Komninos, 1991, and Komninos by the Kupful, 1995); a collection of poetry for children illustrated by Peter Viska and published by Oxford University Press (The Baby Rap and Other Poems, 1992); and a hardcover illustrated children’s picture book published by Harper Collins in 1991. In 1992 he received the Australian Human Rights Award for literature, and in 1993 he was awarded the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for outstanding achievement in community arts. In 1995 he completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, and authored a cd-rom of cyberpoetry for his dissertation. In 1997 he travelled to London to be writer in residence at Artec, a multimedia training and resource centre in Islington, where he authored a cd-rom, Cyberpoetry Underground. He also convened the Cyber Studies major at the School of Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, from 1999 to 2007. Komninos’s poetry is taught in schools and is on the syllabus for year 12 HSC Standard English in NSW.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
Komninos Zervos has been performing poetry since 1980, and doing it professionally since 1985. He’s performed all over the place including the National Folk Festival, Brisbane Livid Festival, had a residency on Triple J and most recently featured at La Mama Poetic and Melbourne Spoken Word’s VCA Slam. He’s released nine poetry collections and can be regularly found at the Dan Poets of a Saturday afternoon.
Can you think of a moment that was probably a dead give away you’d become a poet?
when i registered for unemployment benefits in 1985 after being a research microbiologist at kraft foods, a youth worker for australian greek welfare, a travel agent for jetset tours, a coffee lounge proprietor and a welfare worker trainer, i decided to be a poet with no other job so i put poet as my occupation.
How’d you discover spoken word?
well it discovered me. i had a coffee lounge, tsakpina, in warratah place melbourne (now the wah wah lounge) and in 1982 thom the street poet asked me if they could have a weekly reading on wednesday nights, pio also asked me for monthly readings for his 9to5 magazine. that was my first contact with spoken word events. after listening to their poetry i decided what i had been writing in my diary, mainly about painful relationship break-ups was similar to some of the performance poems i was hearing, so i started reading some of my diary in public.
If you only had one poetry book to take with you in the bunker when the end of the world comes, what would it be?
an empty note-book.
When you write a brand new poem that you just have to read, which open mic do you first think to take it to?
well the dan poets on saturday i feel is the most accepting and critical enough to try new work. in fact a lot of my new work is written at the dan and performed on the same day.
Which legend of the Melbourne poetry scene do you wanna become when you grow up?
Welcome to the first episode of Melbourne Spoken Word’s new podcast, Melbourne Speaks Poetry, where we discuss the art form of spoken within and around Melbourne.
In episode 00, we introduce ourselves and discuss what the podcast aims to do and what is this art form we call spoken word. Featuring Benjamin Solah, Anthony O’Sullivan, Amanda Anastasi, Esme Foong and Brendan Bonsack.
You can subscribe to the podcast via RSS, SoundCloud, iTunes and many other podcast apps.Chapters 0:00 – 13:08: Introductions 13:09 – 19:46: “Community” in the Spoken Word Community 19:47 – 23:20: Do you write differently for performance? 23:21 – 26:03: Voice, theatricality and presence in performance 26:04 – 31:00: Why Melbourne Speaks Poetry? The point of this podcast. 31:01 – 35:43: Conflicts in poetry 35:44 – 1:05:04: What is Spoken Word? 41:48 – The difference between ‘spoken word’ and ‘poetry’ 42:55 – Does poetry/spoken word have to be written? 46:09 – Memorising poetry 48:11 – The performative aspect of spoken word 51:04 – Spoken word as a conversation: The audience. 53:02 – Getting out to new gigs! 55:22 -Is Spoken Word about Art or Community? 1:00:53 – 1:08:06: Markers of a good spoken word piece 1:08:07 – 1:15:22: What works for live performance versus audio? 1:15:23 – 1:23:43: Highlights of the month
POETRY EVENTS/GIGS MENTIONED
Can I Kick It?
La Mama Poetica
Ms Millie’s Pop Up Poetry Cafe
The Owl & Cat Readings
Poetry @ the Dan O’Connell
Colossi by Scott Wings
Roshelle Fong – Virtual Reality Performance
Lentil as Anything
3CR Community Radio – Spoken Word
Triple R –