Winner of September’s slam, Zuleyha Gurdag, performs ‘Woman’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 26, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Zuleyha is a Melbourne born and raised poet who takes pride in her Turkish heritage and Australian nationality. Her passion and goal is to raise awareness of intersectionality and empower Muslim youth, particularly women, from the stereotypes and stigmas that surround them. For the long term run, she hopes to become a gynaecologist to advocate female independence and power in disadvantaged communities to change the gender roles accustomed to the people in her community and inspire women to reclaim their rights and increase their knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her cat and educating herself on interfaith dialogue and her Turkish history.
Tariro Mavondo performs ‘Black Boy’ at the closing night of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at Howler Melbourne on June 3, 2018.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change. She also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).
Peter Bakowski performs a few short poems and an aphoristic one at the opening night of The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at The Toff In Town on May 17, 2018.
Peter Bakowski has been writing poems for 35 years, has received the Victorian Premiers Award for Poetry and writer’s residencies in Rome, Paris, Macau, Suzhou and throughout Australia. His poems continue to appear in literary journals worldwide. Peter writes clear accessible poetry. No matter how many books he writes in his lifetime they’ll all be about what it’s like to be a human being.
Winner, Michael Pardy performs ‘One More Moo’ at Slamalamadingdong in August at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Michael Pardy grew up in Melbourne and at university studied literature, mathematics, and computer science. He has spent the last 20 years working on the Melbourne software development circuit. He goes through patches of writing – in the morning or after dark – and has published plays, poems, short stories, and a novel under the pen name: mbpardy.
Morgaine van Wingerden performs ‘My Generation’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam in May.
Morgaine is an emerging Melbourne based poet and artist originally from the Blue Mountains. She shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She travelled to Chicago with Team Slama to compete in the National Poetry Slam this year.
Rhiann Isaacs performed ‘Taking Back the Neighbourhood’ at the Slamalamadingdong New Shit Slam at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Rhiann Isaacs is an outspoken Afro-Guyanese poet that has nurtured a love for words and storytelling from a young age. Rhiann’s pieces are explorative narratives that mainly centre around identity, Pan-African issues and mental health. As a rising artist, she brings energy and passion to the stage as she treats each poem as living art pieces that deserve to take up space. Expect transparency and straight forward expression from beginning to end.