Thursday, July 9 @ 6:30pm
744 High Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Randall Stephens and Steve Smart once again host one of their infamous duo sets at Tago Mago, this time bringing with them Griffin (host of Brother Tongue), and George O’Hara (one of the hosts of Spoken Word on 3CR) plus a photo exhibition with Michael Reynolds, one of the great photographic documenters of the Melbourne poetry scene.
Over the past 16-17 years Steve Smart has performed all over the world, run workshops, gigs, festivals (RIP Overload Poetry Festival) and been sporadically published. He has released six poetry CDs, various self-published chapbooks and has a massive web presence. His hair is no longer categorised as brown, it is now officially ‘salt and pepper’. As a poet Steve has been described as ‘Melbourne’s rockstar of performance poetry’ – (Perth Poetry Club), “wildly funny to deeply moving’ (Simon Leo Brown – abc.net.au) and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi – melbournespokenword.com). He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.
Randall Stephens has written poetry about other poetry, cycling, haemophilia, eroticism and sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people idiots. Because they’re idiots. He’s been published, broadcast, vilified, ostracized, substance effected and performed on stages in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and competed in slams in London as well as New York, but he didn’t do very well because he was crap back then and slams weren’t. He currently lives in Denial, and has toured extensively through other emotional states throughout Australia. He’s recently completed cycling across the Nullarbor from Perth to Melbourne. This adventure was combined with touring performance poetry from his first printed collection ‘One For The Road’. His first album ‘PRODUCT’ is available at www.randallstephens.bandcamp.com with a third of the proceeds being donated to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. He continues blogging poetry at ‘Tales Told by an Idiot’ (http://www.randallstephenspoetry.com) He also hates re-writing his bio, and has vowed not to do so again for a while.
Poetryspective, a new poetry and spoken word event celebrates world poetry. Featuring one poet performing their own work, and one poet presenting the work of a poet who inspires them, with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work, but the work of others that inspire them. MC’d by Lish Skec.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘Murrispacetime’ as part Blakwork, reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books), the debut collection that established her as a powerful new voice in poetry.
Her next book, Blakwork (forthcoming from Magabala), is a stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique. Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge: an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Jennifer Compton performing ‘in the museum of the wars’, which received an Honourable Mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic.