Monday, July 24 @ 6:30pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets: https://wheelercentre.com/events/…
Featuring Michelle Dabrowski, Kylie Supski, Roshelle Fong, Chalise van Wyngaardt and Reverse Butcher.
Poetry is at its best when it’s challenging: namely, when it’s challenging our expectations, the limits of the form, or a social boundary or taboo. And never is a challenge more keenly felt than through the voice: when performed aloud, poetry cuts deep, using words to reach wordless parts of us.
At this event – part performance, part discussion – we’ll hear from contemporary, local poets with new ideas about the possibilities of poetry. How does collaborative poetry work, in writing and in performance? Where does poetry intersect with other artforms? And how might technology enhance our experience of the artform?
See, hear and experience boundary-pushing poetry from the people who write it at a very special night at the Toff in Town.
Presented in partnership with Girls on Key and The Toff in Town.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive. Kylie Supski was the winner of The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize in 2016.
Chalise van Wyngaardt
Chalise van Wyngaardt is a Spoken Word poet, writer, editor and performer with experience in everything from facilitating spoken word workshops to copywriting and editing fiction and non-fiction. Chalise’s storytelling tackles through faith, love, sexuality, culture, politics, addiction, and identity. She combines abstract mythology with historical exploration to weave together fractured connections between the human and the divine.
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
Omar Sakr performs ‘Ghosting the Ghetto’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Luka Lesson, at Howler on March 26, 2017.
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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.
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.