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.
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.
John Englezos performing ‘When you like someone’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam on May 25, 2017.
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John Englezos is a freelance photographer, a spoken word poet and Melbourne’s 2015 Poetry Slam Champion. He is also part of the first Australian team representing at the National Poetry Slam in Denver Colorado, 2017
His work centres around notions of hope, identity and wonder.
He has mentored and run workshops for creative people in the fields of live performance and visual arts; is a speaker coach for Tedx St Kilda, is co-host for Faith Speaks and a recently published his first book “If the World Were Upside Down”
Nour Alamar performs ‘Chandelier’ at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
Nour Alamar has been taking her words to the stage since 2015. Her Jordanian roots carry with them the poetic legacy of the Arab world, which lends a grounded spirituality to her stage presence. Nour is a firm believer in the power of voice to transform, create and connect meaningfully to ourselves and the world around us. She is a frequent traveler on the open mic circuit in Melbourne and has a special place in her heart for the barefoot, mic-free stage.
Fleassy Malay performing ‘Reason to Dream’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam, on May 25, 2017.
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Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist from the UK. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, she runs one of Melbourne’s most successful Spoken Word events, Mother Tongue. A passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest performer who’s words and courses leave a profound impression.
With a theatrical and yet deeply authentic performance style, she is renowned for capturing the hearts of her audiences. Her poetry has the capacity to bring our minds to the deep, important and sometimes harrowing issues of our time whilst also inspiring an air of hope, empowerment and divine connection. Her topics often center around her personal experiences as a woman, a mother, her queer identity and spirituality. Her history in Clowning comes through also in her dry yet honest comedy style which breaks up tension and unites both audience and performer. You can find out more about Fleassy at fleassymalay.com.