Sunday, April 26 @ 2:00pm
The Dancing Dog Cafe
42A Albert Street Footscray
Has an Open Mic?
A Melbourne poetry event that’s been running for over a decade – West Word poetry holds regular events at the Dancing Dog Cafe to host various poets from around the country.
Along with a different feature poet at each session, there is an open stage section, which is open to anyone of any style: emerging, established, multilingual, slam, lyrical, experimental… (within a 5 minute time limit.) Just show at the venue, put your name on the list, and read to a receptive encouraging audience.
Gemma White’s first book of poetry, ‘Furniture is Disappearing’ (Interactive Press), was awarded ‘Best First Book’ in IP’s Rolling Picks Awards for 2014. Gemma has also been published in The Age, Award Winning Australian Writing 2011 and Best Australian Poems 2013, among other places. Gemma was involved in various poetry media projects such as RMIT’s PROD in 2009, in which one of her poems ‘The Mariner’s Lover’ was turned into the song ‘Ancient Love’ by singer/songwriter Gossling. Excerpts from her poem ‘Love Song for London’ were featured in Mash, a collaborative poetry initiative by the 9th Annual Overload Poetry Festival. And she also edited Sacred-Profane, a journal of contemporary free verse poetry by Australian and international poets.
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.