Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30pm
744 High Street,
Has an Open Mic?
After a while between gigs, Steve Smart hosts another gig at Tago Mago, featuring Gold Gull and Loren Steinberg plus ‘This Sickness’ a poetry show with strange and disturbing music, written and performed by Carmen Main and Steve Smart.
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.
Best described as crepuscular, not-for-profit employee by day and occasional spoken word smith by eve, Carmen (from Melbourne’s inner North) takes slices of the everyday, distills them, ferments them, then presents her findings. Carmen had taken a break from performing (featured at The Dan, Passionate Tongues, Spinning Room, and Overload Poetry Festival Showcases in 2008/09). She is keen to return with some new work- focusing on love, it’s loss and it’s loose associations. “Carmen Main returns to Melbourne’s grassroots poetry scene after an absence of a few years (the great thing about our scene is that we can actually disappear for a while and come back to find everything as lively as ever). In Carmen’s case, her poetic insights, internal emotional explorations and subtly sharp tongue have returned with greater concentration and compelling urgency,” Santo Cazzati (MC, House of Bricks; Presenter, 3CR Spoken Word)
Michael Pardy and Megan Scott both live down the far south of the Mornington Peninsula. This Friday they will be performing a selection of poems to celebrate Friday knock-off and welcome in another weekend at the beach.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Ages.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘A love like Dorothea’s’ as part Blakwork, a 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.
Sharifa Tartoussi performs ‘On blood and handprints’ at Slamalamadingdong in October 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dentist, poet and performer. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word event that creates space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She released her first Chapbook “ColourBlind” in early 2018.