Friday, February 26 @ 7:00pm
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Founded in 1977, the Melbourne Poets Union hosts poetry readings on the last Wednesday of the month – except for February and December which are on Fridays. They are usually at the Wheeler Centre in the city, though sometimes other venues are used. Each month there is a focus on a theme for both feature performers and open mike readers, with a rotating MC.
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.
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her latest poetry collection is Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013). Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of The Year, the Indie Award for best debut fiction, and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize. Poetry his her first, and true love.
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.