Saturday, July 21 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
$18.53/15.54 (or $25/20 on the door)
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ http://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to bring you Canadian spoken word artist and teaching poet, Brandon Wint.
Brandon Wint will be supported by Nour Abouzeid, Magan Magan, Soreti (Hawiine) and Jeltje Fanoy.
Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
BRANDON WINT is a poet, spoken word artist and teacher who is devoted to the articulation of the beauty within the human condition. His intricately-rendered performance pieces present a passionate, sincere and whimsical version of humanity. His writing, performance, and pedagogical approach all affirm, in their different ways, that there is beauty to be found in the struggle, and solace to be found in sincerity-of-spirit. He is an artist who uses poetry to harness empathy within himself, and have each of his words, deeds, creations and performances reflect that empathy unambiguously. He is a two-time national champion slam poet, a nationally published writer, as well as arts-educator and curator of artistic events.
NOUR ABOUZEID is a generation Y Muslim Australian who has been frustrated with the world and has a lot to say. Loud and outspoken, he is a regular on the Melbourne Slam scene, and a member of the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team. He has performed along side acclaimed international performers such as Amir Sulaiman, Mark Gonzales, Liza Garza, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye and Boonaa Mohamed. In 2010 he became the Victorian State Champion in the Australian Poetry Slam and was again a state finalist in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. When he’s not doing that or his day job, he enjoys photography and collecting sneakers and Lego sets.
MAGAN MAGAN is a writer and poet undertaking creative writing at Victoria University. He has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival, and La Mamma Poetica. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, literary arts journal ‘Offset’, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies ‘Shots From The Chamber’, ‘Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, and Australian Poetry. He is currently co curating forthcoming anthology ‘Growing Up African In Australia’ due to release in 2019 with Black Inc publisher. Magan’s full-‐length collection titled ‘From Grains to Gold’ is due to release November 3rd 2018 with Vulgar Press.
SORETI, known also as Hawiine, is a female, Oromo, multidisciplinary creative who’s expression currently includes performance poetry, writing and music. Her work uses story to communicate the truth(s) that she has experienced. She does so grounded in the belief that, the genuine communication of truth, enables us to see each other with a greater sense of conscious empathy, and through action taken from this place, Hawiine believes that a just, peaceful world, is a true possibility. She writes and performs to feel, and give example of, emotional liberation. To remember our right to live for what we love. Her work is mediumship for the beauty of truth. She is passionate about her Oromummaa, about the global indigenous experience; about seeing the continent of her birth embrace itself; about all on earth knowing of, and living through, their inherent greatness. She released a musical compilation of poetry called Prides Claw, she is the author of one book of poetry with another book on the way. Her journey has seen her speak, perform and collaborate in a variety of contexts across Australia and the wider world, from the international aid and development industry, grassroots community organising, festivals, conferences, panels and numerous poetry features.
JELTJE FANOY has been involved with poetry small presses in Melbourne since the seventies and is a founding member of collective effort press and the Melbourne Poets Union. She calls herself a ‘minimalist traveller’ in her poetry, where everyday spoken language is crafted into collage-like pieces with characteristic simplicity and directness. As a performer she’s conscious of possibilities of rhythm, stress and frequency to disrupt and transform oppressive dominant narratives. Outsider experience is at the centre of her work, and her latest collection ‘Flying into the hands of strangers’ extends from migration to compassionate imaginings of the plight of refugees.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 25th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne, Norman and Tim.
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.