Tuesday, March 29 @ 6:30pm
The Toff in Town
Level 2, 252 Swanston Street
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Purchase tickets at http://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
“Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.”
‘Sisters For Sisters'(SFS) and Slam TV presents WE RUN WITH WOLVES, an inspirational night of spoken word of the fierce and feminine kind. Melbourne’s fiercest female bravehearts join forces to paint stories with poetry, from triumphs to trip-ups, fierceness to fragility. Featuring Emilie Zoey Baker, Ee’da Brahim, Candice Monique, Ebony MonCrief, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Soreti Kadir, Fleassy Malay and Katherine Gailer.
Being of Oromo heritage but having spent most of her life living in Melbourne, Soreti is committed to cultivating the power of the African diaspora through her work as one of the Co-Founders and the Directing Manager of In Our Own Words; an NGO focused on self-awareness, de-colonial thinking and community empowerment. Soreti’s expression as a spoken word artist and an emerging writer encompasses her passion for critical thinking, the strengthening of the African diaspora and community engagement.
Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist from the UK. Now based in Melbourne, she runs two successful Spoken Word events in Fitzroy, Mother Tongue and Brother Tongue. Her quirky, theatrical and emotive performance style captivates audiences leaving them both laughing and crying, occasionally both at the same time. Fleassy incorporates both her Theatre background with her love of hip hop and poetry to create stories and poems that ooze rhythm, melody and personality. She has performed at events and festivals in the UK, Canada, Spain, Thailand, Japan, China, and Australia. She also teaches 6 week Spoken Word courses looking at the power of vulnerability and honesty both on and off the stage.
Emilie Zoey Baker
Emilie Zoey Baker is a published award winning poet and slam champion. She has performed her poetry all around the world and is a state coordinator for the Australian Poetry Slam. She is also the winner of the Berlin International Slam as part of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival. She is co-cordinater of the Liner Notesspoken word tributes to classic albums. She has featured at Women Of Letters, Ted, The Sydney Writers Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, as well as the Bowery in NYC and The Green Mill in Chicago. She also coordinates The Super Poets, who travel into schools exciting and delighting kids about the joys of writing and performing poetry, and developed the first state teen team poetry slam called OutLoud.
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.
Ee’da is a half-Indian, half- Malay Singaporean poet, emcee, singer/songwriter, dancer and arts educator. She broke cultural convention by leaving her family home and coming to Australia where she knew no one. She went on to become an award-winning poet and community arts worker, receiving Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence for her work in the arts. In 2015, she was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature grant to receive mentorship in diversity education through poetry in New York City. She had featured twice at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC and The Silver Room in Chicago and has performed at the United Nations Conference, Arts Centre Melbourne and venues across Melbourne. Most recently her works were featured at International Writer’s Festival in Bali and she continues to run poetry and arts programs in schools and community organisations. She is also a singer/songwriter and has supported international hip hop acts such as Lyrics Born and Dead Prez. She is the Founder of ‘Sisters For Sisters’, a Melbourne-based music and arts collective aimed at creating a platform for female artists while addressing a myriad of social issues both locally and internationally.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word poet, MC, producer, actor and human rights reformer.
Poet, lyricist and vocalist Candice Monique has an inimitable style that fuses neo-soul, hip-hop, spoken word and soul. A diverse co-writer, her extensive catalogue includes collaborations with Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Rich Medina, Metals and M-Phazes.
Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Katherine Gailer explores the world through a variety of art forms including painting, illustration, singing and poetry. Gailer’s artistic expression underscores a main theme that looks at the complex relationship between fragility and strength, vulnerability and empowerment– elements which in some ways come to define both male and female experience.
This event celebrates issues 27 (the TENSE issue) and 28 (the POLITICS issue) of ‘Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry’–with poems guest-edited by Pascalle Burton & David Stavanger and Ella O’Keefe & Alan Wearne respectively. The ‘Big Rabbit Read’ will feature short readings by poets published in issues 27 & 28.
I’m sitting down for an interview with Waffle IronGirl, me on one end of old faithful (Facebook Messenger), her on the other. I’ve – somewhat unwisely – started off proceedings with a list of ‘suggested’ questions from my partner Lexi, all of them uniquely bizarre. For instance:
“How adaptable is the waffle iron as a printing technology?”
Waffle IronGirl shoots this one down:
Waffle Iron isn’t a printing technology.
It’s very adaptable personal weaponry though.
Things are off to a cracking start.
We’re here to talk about performing in Singapore (she was recently a support act in the Singapore poetry slam) and chapbooks (she’s running a workshop on chapbooks for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival). But I can’t resist. Where does the name “Waffle IronGirl” come from? ” I once wrote a flash fiction story about a vigilante called Waffle IronGirl,” she explains. “She used a waffle iron to dispatch with those who would violate her boundaries or the boundaries of those she cared about. When I started performing I needed a stage name, and it seemed like she could impart a courage and frankness that I felt I was lacking personally.”
I could pause here to note that Waffle IronGirl is one of the most original performers I’ve seen, and when she featured for us at the Dan, I felt like the top of my head had been taken off and I had a whole range of new weird and wonderful ideas poured in. Instead, I ask about the Singapore slam; what differences between Singaporean spoken word and Australian spoken word did she notice? “What struck me wasn’t so much the difference in style”, she says, “although that was certainly there. From a style perspective, there was certainly a more natural use of multiple languages and accents and dialects within the same
What does your name mean?
Thabani means “be happy”.
What makes you happy?
Connecting with people. I enjoy consuming art in all its forms. Art is one of the most connective things in which we can participate.
What made you leave Zimbabwe and come to Melbourne? Is Melbourne home now or is there more to your journey?
I left to study in the US and South Africa and finally Melbourne because I have family here. I just thought it would be beaches and people in swimsuits all day but had a rude awakening!
There is so much more to the journey. The project I’m working on now is about the sense of identity displacement. Even in Zimbabwe, I was not culturally accepted because I went to a lot of “white” schools. I’m still searching for a sense of belonging.
Do you know what this place looks like?
No, that’s why it’s so hard to find. But it’s not about the finding, it’s about the journey towards finding. In fact, I’m content to continuously search and not find it because it’s in the search that the most meaningful interactions are to be found.
You’re a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. What that does mean to you?
It is a great opportunity. Connecting to other writers and becoming a part of the literary world – that is the most valuable aspect. The biggest growth for me is the discipline – working on one full body of work thematically linked, where the content needs coherent narrative. I’m usually very sporadic and volatile in writing, so it’s been an interesting challenge to get into the frame of mind where I’m still authentically expressing myself but it’s a controlled expressing. Not writing to the feeling, but bringing the feeling and writing to it.
You’re part of the Slamalamadingong National Poetry Slam Team. How do you feel and what are you expecting at the event?
A lot of poetry! It’s great to see people workin