Tuesday, July 18 @ 6:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=296757
Melbourne Spoken Word presents the next in our series of workshops, this month with Amanda Anastasi on preparing a poetry book manuscript.
So, you want to put together a poetry book. There is much to consider before you ask the question: Should I self-publish or submit to a publisher? This workshop will focus on the questions that you should be asking first. Which poems should be included? How should they be ordered for best effect? Should there be an overarching theme? When does a poem written for performance sit well on the page, and when should the poem make its home exclusively on the stage or in an audio publication? When do I know my book is publication ready? Amanda Anastasi will explore these questions with you, and help you create a vision and a plan for your poetry manuscript.
Amanda Anastasi has had her poetry published as locally as the walls of Artists’ Lane in Prahran, and as far as the Massachusetts Review. She is the convener of La Mama Poetica and a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Her debut self-published collection, 2012 and other poems, was listed in Ali Alizadeh’s Top Ten Poetic Works of 2012 in Overland. Last year, she co-authored a chapbook with Robbie Coburn, The Silences (Eaglemont Press). She also co-wrote and featured in the spoken word shows Loop City and I Am That Woman.
Come on down to the finest bar in town to indulge your senses: tulip lighting, Absinthe drinking and kick ass poetry! Hosted by Grant Alexander McCracken and Lisa McLean, this casual affair contrasts the extravagant and sparkling surrounds in which it is held. On the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm Poetry at Absinthesalon sees one feature poet express until their heart’s content while sharing the floor with anyone who feels compelled to voice their work. No stage, no mic, just raw natural voices projecting our vibes out into the ether. Join them for a magical night of poetry, community and, of course, Absinthe!
Christopher James White performs ‘Baby Boy’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran on September 1, 2017.
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Christopher James White is a poet and illustrator from Atlanta who’s been travelling the world since venturing to Tokyo two years ago. He’s gotten active in the Melbourne Spoken Word community for the last four months sharing work that explores his hurt, happiness, worry, and rage. His stories are drawn from his own life as well as the imagined worlds of his childhood. He explores sonhood, family, love, doubt, death, technology and Afro-futurism.
Meena Shamaly and Sharifa Tartoussi perform ‘Scars’ supporting Sierra DeMulder at Howler, on August 20, 2017.
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Meena Shamaly is a poet, composer, and musician. He identifies as a foreigner everywhere, with a hybrid cultural and creative identity. He is also one of the creative producers of Slamalamadingdong.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dental student, poet and performer. Equal parts worrier, warrior and all round human, when she is not squinting at teeth or hitting the books, she writes and sometimes, she works up the courage to perform. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a poetry and spoken word gig that runs quarterly and aims to create space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne.