Friday, May 15 @ 7:00pm
180 Holmes Road Moonee Ponds
Has an Open Mic?
Speak Up is the Incinerator’s new program of poetry and spoken word nights that will run throughout the year, curated by local spoken word artist Jessie Giles.
Come and experience some of Melbourne’s finest spoken word performers and poets in the heart of a visual arts gallery. Hear the human voice ring out in a space that is usually reserved for ‘silent’ visual language.
Poet. Storyteller. Activist. Writer. Lyrical master rhyming tighter Soaring you higher; fire for the fighters Makes you feel as well as think To cut way deep inside ya; Styles of performance are many and varied Revolutionary polemics; Talmudic stories Back-snap chick-chack rhythmical rhyming To slow storytelling full mesmerising;
Liam Monkhouse aka Mista Monk is an MC with Afro-Jazz-Rap exponents Black Jesus Experience and formerly of Culture Connect. Presenting the personal and the political with dynamic flows and conscious word play, Monk bridges hip-hop aesthetics with spoken word poetics with emphatic results.
Gabriela Georges is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and poet who fuses the old and the new, experimenting with words ‘til she’s no longer blue. Using music and poetry to self-express, she writes on love, nature, grief and death. She sometimes rhymes words as she’s walking down the street; she likes her hip hop and hearing a good beat. She’s performed at the Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Hare Hole, and had her work published in Offset, an arts journal.
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.
Featuring Rowan White performing original work and Waffle Irongirl performing a Bill Moran retrospective.
Poetryspective is a fortnightly poetry and spoken word event celebrating world poetry. Featuring two poets, one performing their own workings, the other giving a retrospective of a poet who inspires them with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work but the workings of other poets as well. Organised and hosted by poet Elizabeth Lish Škec.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
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