Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:30pm
La Mama Courthouse Theatre
349 Drummond Street Carlton
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ http://lamama.com.au/2017-autumn-program/…
La Mama Poetica is an evening of some of the best spoken word and poetry to be found in Melbourne. Each Poetica event features four diverse poets, with a range of styles and personalities – some established, others emerging. It will always be the place to come to hear our finest Melbourne poets, as well as the new and cutting edge contemporary poets.
The first poetry events held at La Mama Theatre date back to the 1970s, and La Mama Poetica is proud to continue the presentation of poets at this much-loved venue. Currently, Poetica is held at the heritage-listed La Mama Courthouse Theatre, an icon of the performing arts in Melbourne. It is a beautiful intimate space for poets to perform in.
La Mama Poetica is curated by Amanda Anastasi and is held quarterly on a Tuesday night, usually in February, April, August and October.
Canadian-born Ian McBryde is a long term resident of Australia. Throughout his career, Ian has practiced in a number of mediums including photography, music, illustration and, predominately, poetry. In 2010, Ian’s sixth collection of poetry – The Adoption Order (Five Islands Press, 2009) – was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize. In 2005, Ian’s fourth collection – Domain (Five Islands Press, 2005) – was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. His latest collection We the Mapless contains a selection from his six previous collections as well as new work.
Waffle Irongirl regularly sets out to write poetry in the venerable tradition of Blake and Whitman. But she keeps getting waylaid by personal opinions, her cultural context and a fondness for the music of Cold Chisel. The fact she can’t resist the occasional slam just makes things worse. On-stage, she’s the poetical analogue of a heavy metal karaoke. Off-stage she’s vague and freshly introverted.
Featuring Rowan White performing original work and Waffle Irongirl performing a Bill Moran retrospective.
Poetryspective is a fortnightly poetry and spoken word event celebrating world poetry. Featuring two poets, one performing their own workings, the other giving a retrospective of a poet who inspires them with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work but the workings of other poets as well. Organised and hosted by poet Elizabeth Lish Škec.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
In its 4th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Melbourne Spoken Word.
Previous winners include Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, and Manna Marvel.
The 2018 Selection Panel was Daisy Lavea-Timo, Benjamin Solah.
Winner: Anisa Nandaula / I hate you
Anisa Nandaula is the 2016 Queensland poetry slam champion, the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and nationally renowned poet. This published poet has performed her work at festivals around the country such as the Queensland poetry festival, Townsville Multicultural festival, Women of the world festival and African Australian film festival. Her unique and captivating exploration of identity and politics has been showcased at the Sydney Opera house, Slama Lama ding dong in Melbourne and Adelaide writers center. Her combination performance, engaging use of language and profound ideas can capture the heart of any audience. She is a published author releasing her debut collection titled Melanin Garden.
Highly Commended: Joel McKerrow / The Brave Ones
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever