Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
$15/12 pre-booked or $20/15 on the door
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the recently crowned Women and the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart, all the way from Texas, USA, performing a full set supported by some amazing spoken word artists from Melbourne including The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, Chalise van Wyngaardt, Ania Walwicz and Rik The Most
Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. Ebony Stewart was on the Austin Neo Soul Slam team in 2010 that finished fourth in the Nation. She coached the 2012 Austin Neo-Soul & 2015 Austin Poetry Slam teams, that finished first and fifth, respectively, at the National Poetry Slam and the 2015 They Speak Youth Slam that finished eighth in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. In 2015, she debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama and received the David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Recently crowned, Co-Champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Slam Find, and read in several online magazines such as For Harriet, Teen Vogue and The Texas Observer. Ebony Stewart aka The Gully Princess aka “She’ll eat your cupcake” is the #storyoftheblackgirlwinning.
We Work This Shop is a place for poets and spoken word artists of all styles and levels to bring their work for feedback and workshopping in a supportive environment.
Whether you’re an experienced poet who wants to try out your latest piece on a small audience for performance feedback, or if you’ve got a piece you want to test run before trying the open mic for the first time, or something you want to edit closely, to see if it makes sense, the place is open, especially for those new to spoken word.
We start with a short writing exercise to get your writing brain moving, and then everyone gets a turn to share their piece for feedback. Bring extra copies if you can, so people can make notes and suggestions.
Entry is free but donations are encouraged to help pay for the room.
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.