Changing of the guard at La Mama Poetica

Last night, convener of La Mama Poetica, Matt Hetherington put on his last show as convener, handing over the reins before moving to Queensland.

Matt Hetherington [Photo by Michael Reynolds]
Matt Hetherington [Photo by Michael Reynolds]
His last line-up featured Ian McBryde, Tom Joyce, Antonia Pont and Emily Manger and the announcement of who would take over running the prestigious gig. La Mama Poetica takes place at The La Mama Courthouse Theatre in Drummond Street, Carlton on Monday nights usually every two months or so and is considered one of the most prestigious poetry events in Melbourne.

“Matt has been a staple in the Melbourne poetry scene; an inspiration not only for his unique poetic talent, but also as a friendly supporter of Melbourne’s new and emerging poets,” said Amanda Anastasi.

In tribute to Matt’s contribution to the Melbourne poetry scene, Melbourne Spoken Word has had a photo of Matt (taken by Michael Reynolds) as our cover photo on our Facebook page.

Last night, Matt announced that regular reviewer and author of 2012 & other poems, Amanda Anastasi, would take over. Amanda has had a major role in Melbourne poetry over the last few years, featuring at many events, becoming part of the Williamstown Literary Festival and judge of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. There is no doubt that she deserves the role and will present some exciting line-ups in the future.

Amanda Anastasi [Photo by Thomas Kent]
Amanda Anastasi [Photo by Bronwen Manger]
After the announcement, Amanda said on Facebook: “I am excited and honoured to be the new convenor of La Mama Poetica. With Matt Hetherington’s departure, I will have some tough shoes to fill….and Melbourne poetry will miss Matt tremendously.”

“I intend to take Poetica into a vibrant, exciting future, keeping the La Mama tradition of featuring high quality and diverse poetry. Stay tuned for a sensational August line-up of poets!”

Annie Solah