Friday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Library At The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
Has an Open Mic?
Poets and audience are both encouraged to book tickets at http://trybooking.com/Booking/…
Registration details to enter the prize are below.
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to announce the first ever Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
With cash and other prizes on offer, the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is awarded to a poet for an exceptional piece of performance poetry judged by a panel comprised of hosts of various spoken word and poetry events around Melbourne: Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica), Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic) and Geoff Lemon (editor of Going Down Swinging).
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize will take place at the picturesque Library At The Dock in their classy performance space.
Prizes include at least $200 in cash, feature poet spots at Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Slamalamadingdong and Voices in the Attic, publication in Audacious in 2016, a year’s membership to Writers Victoria and a year’s subscription to Overland.
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is open to all poets (with the exception of the judges and the Melbourne Spoken Word committee) with a limit of twenty entrants. Registration for the Prize will open on Monday, November 23 at 12pm and close when twenty poets have signed up. The order and confirmation of entry will be drawn live on the Melbourne Spoken Word YouTube Channel on Friday, November 28 at 12pm and be published on the Melbourne Spoken Word Facebook event.
To register, email [email protected] (after registration has opened) with the subject line ‘Melbourne Spoken Word Prize entrant.’ Registrations will NOT be accepted via other forms such as Facebook message or before the registration time.
Poets who do not make the first twenty, will be added to a waiting list in the event that a poet has to pull out. Poets entering and on the waiting list must buy a ticket to be part of the audience as a condition of entry.
Poets must arrive at 7pm before the beginning of the night or they will forfeit their entry to someone on the waiting list. Poets have three minutes to perform their poem with a 10 second grace period. Poets will be judged on a combination of poetic content and performance at the judges’ discretion. No correspondence with the judges will be entered into during the period of the prize.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into vitriol and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig. None of us know what will happen on the night, yet 100% of people performing spoken word here for the first time in their lives have survived so far, and often return for more.
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