Steve Smart performing his winning poem, ‘And this is how we change, but not so much (or how I became Yoda without noticing)’, which won The 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Performed at Library at the Dock on December 4, 2015.

Video produced by Melbourne Spoken Word. Thanks to Jez Speelman for the filming.

About 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 – and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi –

He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
Benjamin Solah