Saturday, July 25 @ 7:30pm
Ground NAB Building 800
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/IEUK
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Zee Khan, at Harbour Kitchen in Docklands, MC’d by Joel McKerrow and performing alongside local Melbourne poets, Brendan Reed Dennis (Victorian Finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam), Ebony MonCrief, Abdul Hammoud, Soreti Kadir and the winner of the Slamalamadingdong June Back2Basics slam.
Zohab Zee Khan
Zohab Khan is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and a performance artist. Zohab has toured Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Europe to sell-out crowds. Zohab was a finalist in the 2014 International Poetry Slam in Madrid and the Spanish Poetry Slam State Finals. Zohab published his first book, ‘I Write’ this year, a collection of poetry that spans half a decade of championship winning poems and toured four major cities in China as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival. This year, he has also made appearances at various writer’s festivals in Auckland, Sydney, Byron, Bellingen and Ubud. All Zohab’s performances dates and appearances are listed on his website, www.zohabzee.com
Being of Oromo heritage but having spent most of her life living in Melbourne, Soreti is committed to cultivating the power of the African diaspora through her work as one of the Co-Founders and the Directing Manager of In Our Own Words; an NGO focused on self-awareness, de-colonial thinking and community empowerment. Soreti’s expression as a spoken word artist and an emerging writer encompasses her passion for critical thinking, the strengthening of the African diaspora and community engagement.
Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships.
Ebony MonCrief, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is a writer, performance poet, inspirational speaker and producer of the open mic Voices in the Attic. Through words, she explores art, music, humanity, the universe and most importantly self. Her vibrant storytelling style engages, entertains and provides audiences with a honest look at the person behind the words.
Brendan Reed Dennis
Brendan Reed Dennis has been turning heads and blowing minds in Melbourne since his arrival in January 2014. From dingy Melbourne bars to the Sydney opera house, Brendan has left audiences in a poetry induced state of existential crisis. As one of the younger writers in the Melbourne poetry scene he prefers the term ‘prodigy’ to ‘young poet. He is the the man with the golden tongue and it has earned him the title of Victorian State Poetry Champion of 2014. Watch out, Steve Smart says he’s a charming bastard!
Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivates by and connects to. Abdul has performed alongside poetic giants like Luka Lesson, Ken Arkind, Anis Mojgani, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali and Shihan. He has also managed to teach numerous writing classes and workshops for schools and various organizations. His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is now also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. Most of his work revolves around current issues including the constant state of war in the Middle East, cultural division, as well as the portrayal of masculinity. He is also a full time student and an avid purveyor of starting books but not finishing them.
Littlefoot & Co host a special night of spoken word as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival featuring Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa.
A night of spoken word of all kinds out in the South-East of Melbourne, featuring good vibes, plenty of open mic spots and encouraging of first time performers.
Love, loss, and loneliness all pop up in Kendra Keller’s (aka Lady Longdrop) lively and tender first collection of poems Hey Moon! Lady Longdrop demands a conversation that leads us away from an elusive state. With an active, empowered voice, she uses the moon the way many of us use it – to connect to the hidden self from, the self that is terrified of being seen. Poetry to her is a form of meditation.
In the section ‘Moon Poems’, she takes the reader out to see the moon, and in the poem, ‘Full-of-it’ lies a powerfully vulnerable question that requires sight:
Great fat moon
Why do you look at me and ask
Whether I am as fully human as you are fully stone
What would it take for many of us to articulate the pain our mothers and fathers caused us? To articulate back, to them, their state, and ours, through a question? Lady Longdrop insists that we rest before this journey – to connect with our larger selves.
What would it feel like if we took our problems to the moon, then feasted on her light as the narrator of the book does? Would we perceive love in ways suggested in ‘Love Is’?
A forgotten dream
Would we then dig deeper into our memories, and say:
Love is some clothes I threw out cos they didn’t fit anymore
Love is some papers
Dusty with nostalgia
That I had to burn
Where would we go? The ocean?
If we are to find ourselves, to find where we belong, we must find the things that truly know themselves. In her poem ‘As Though it is OK’, Lady Longdrop poetically displays the human demise when we compare ourselves to others without the knowledge of our capacity to transcend our conditions.
You hang there
As though it is ok
As though there are humans who can cope with your perfect
mirroring of yourself
Lady Longdrop consistently draws attention to the possibility of opening up
Ziimusic performs ‘Black Don’t Crack’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam in May. Ziimusic is on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team travelling to Chicago in August.
ZIIMUSIC, is a Naarm based creative blending his artistry into a soulful experience. Originally from Zimbabwe, ZIIMUSIC began his creative career as a rapper and musician. He has had the privilege of performing in and around Naarm where his band have performed at festivals and sold out venues. 2017 saw ZIIMUSIC step into the Spoken Word scene as he was part of the Band Of Brothaz compromising of Naarms most decorated spoken word artists.