Sunday, July 3 @ 4:00pm
The Owl and Cat Theatre
34 Swan St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
The Owl & Cat Readings are hosted by the colourfully dressed Santo Cazzati and the colourfully spoken Anthony O’Sullivan on the first Sunday of the month at the Owl & Cat Theatre in Richmond, featuring an open mic and two featured poets, the latest poetry gig to grace the east side of the city is a blend of both hosts and their former gigs, House of Bricks and The Spinning Room, featuring some of the best poets in this fine city.
Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY, Ireland, and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin’s Slam Sunday, Sam is now a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong. She is also Editor-in-Chief for online magazine, CrowdInk, and a regular attendee of as many poetry events as she can cram into a week. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up got rave reviews from her Mom.
Andy Jackson’s poetry collection, ‘Among the Regulars’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Prize. A new short collection, ‘the thin bridge’ won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and was published in 2014. His latest book is ‘Immune Systems’ (Transit Lounge, 2015). He has performed across Australia, in India, the USA and Ireland, and he writes about the poetry of unusual bodies at amongtheregulars.wordpress.com
Featuring Maxime Banks, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Škec, Brownsugababe, Koraly Dimitriadis, and Yvette Stubbs.
In honour of International Women’s Day, curated by Viki Mealings, a family-friendly, inclusive event celebrating the creativity, resilience and diversity of women.
Wheelchair and Pram Accessible. All Ages. Alcohol-Free.
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