Wednesday, March 28 @ 6:30pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
Featuring Sandy Jeffs and Gay Miller and MC’d by Maurice McNamara with an open mic. $100 prize for the funniest poet!
Sandy Jeffs has published 7 volumes of poetry and a memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness, published in 2010. Much of her writing has been about living with schizophrenia. Sandy’s latest poetry collections are: Chiaroscuro with Black Pepper Publishing and The Mad Poet’s Tea Party with Spinifex Press.
Gay was brought up in Reservoir. At 15 she went to Business College after which she had a career as a Secretary for about 35 years before applying to Uni to be a mature aged student, where she completed a double degree in Arts/Law (doing Honours in Law). After attending Leo Cussens, Gay worked for over 10 years as a part time voluntary solicitor at Fitzroy Legal Service. Gay came late in life to poetry, having her first book published in 2013. Gay is a singer and composer of songs. She has published two poetry books The Secret Smile and Just Walk With Me. She is married with two grown up children and seven grandchildren.
For any questions about the Annual General Meeting – open to all financial members of the Melbourne Poets Union email [email protected]
To become a member in the lead up to the AGM go to https://www.melbournepoetsunion.com/membership.html
Wheelchair Accessible / All Ages
MPU’s first monthly event for 2019 is a superstar event with 2018 MSW Prize winner Natalie Jeffreys and Melbourne legend Tariro Mavondo, plus a $100 prize for best open mic’er. Expect a bright mix of styles and a warm atmosphere, welcoming to all. The bar will be open and reasonably priced.
Melbourne Poets Union (MPU) is a self-funded not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of poets and poetry in Victoria. They host monthly events and workshops in different venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria, run an annual international poetry competition, publish chapbooks, maintain an increasing web presence and are always looking for new opportunities for their members.
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
The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program is proud to announce the selection of its 2019 regional resident.
Mindy Gill has been selected from Australian poets based outside of capital cities.
Applicants represented emerging, mid-career and senior talents. The applications were assessed by representatives of the program’s partners, RMIT non/fictionLab, Rabbit Poetry, Australian Poetry and Melbourne Spoken Word. The program thanks all applicants to this round.
Mindy joins the program’s past residents including Lionel Fogarty, Amanda Stewart, Natalie Harkin, Stuart Cooke, Andy Jackson, Ellen Van Neerven, David Stavanger and Alison Whittaker. In August, Mindy’s residency will be followed by the program’s invited resident for 2019, Ali Cobby Eckermann.
Mindy Gill’s poems have appeared in Island Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Award Winning Australian Writing and the Queensland Art Gallery. She is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Writers and Publishers Award, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and the Tom Collins Poetry Prize. She is Peril Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
Mindy will be visiting Melbourne from the Gold Coast. She will be working with the program to deliver a series of public activities in early May. Details of events will be promoted through the program partners.
The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program acknowledges the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which much of this program takes place. It respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. It is also made possible by in-kind support from its partners.