Friday, March 27 @ 7:00pm
Has an Open Mic?
To participate in the open mic, you need to:
- sign up and download Discord (it's free)
- join our Discord channel: https://discord.gg/uzBD8M
- enter your name to sign up in the channel #open-mic-sign-up
- We want to keep this in the family at least for this one at least so please leave a little bio and a social media link or two to verify you're from Melbourne or Victoria
- When the open mic starts, you can hang out in the stream watching and when it's your turn, we'll video call you and bring you online where you can share.
- Please make sure your mic and video works and is clear, test it with a friend before hand. Make sure your internet connection is stable. If you can connect to the internet over ethernet/wired connection rather than wifi, that'd be best.
- Please keep it to one poem and under 5 minutes so we can have as many people share as possible.
Melbourne Spoken Word wants to help the spoken word and poetry community in Melbourne and Victoria during these times of self-isolation.
As events and open mics can’t be held IRL at the moment, we’d love to host an open mic to allow people to share their work online, as well as continue to share and support other initiatives from the spoken word community.
We’ll be hosting this free open mic online on Twitch.tv on Friday night, where people can either share a poem or tune in to watch. You can support MSW hosting these initiatives by donating via the stream, if you’re able to.
Tune and watch via our Twitch channel: twitch.tv/melbspokenword and participate in the audience by typing in emojis and the chat. We’ll have fun ways for the audience to participate.
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Miss Yankey performs ‘The Rose That Never Grew’ at Slamalamadingdong in March, 2019.
Miss Yankey is a British/Ghanaian Spoken Word artist; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; FLO Poet; Co-host and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; Open Mic Host at Mind Over Matter; and milli-tasking mother of twins. A passionate advocate of mental health and domestic violence awareness, she often writes poetry on these topics in a bid to takle the stigma attached to them.
Thabani Tshuma, winner of The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, as well as The People’s Choice Award and The Convener’s Choice Award, performs his winning poem, ‘No Strings’ at Collingwood Town Hall.
The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Thabani Tsuma is Zimbabwean born and raised, living abroad for the greater part of the last decade. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma. He is currently in his final year of studying journalism, a 2019 Hotdesk fellowship recipient with the Wheeler centre, Featured author with Djed Press, Slamalamadingdong’s 2019 Grand Slam champion, a member of the National poetry slam’s winning team and ranked among the top 50 slam poets worldwide at IWPS 2019. Writing is the aperture through which he views the world and experiences self in relation to others.