The State Library of Victoria have announced the upcoming Victorian heats of the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam. Five heats will take place across Victoria, with only two of those being within greater Melbourne. Bendigo, Wangaratta, Moonee Valley, Sydenham and Yarram will host heats from August 14 to September 5, with the Victorian Final taking place at the State Library on the 11th of September.

Spoken word artist and host of Slamalamadingdong, Michelle Dabrowski will host the heats and the Victorian Final, and perform alongside the winners of the Out Loud schools poetry competition.

First and second place from the state final will go on to compete in the national final at the Sydney Opera House on October 11, with around $12,000 worth of prizes up grabs including a tour of China.

Brendan Reed Dennis took out last year’s Victorian Final, with previous winners of the national slam including Luka Lesson, Omar Musa and Zohab Zee Khan, many of those have taken winning the APS to launch big careers in poetry and spoken word.

For more info about the heats check out the SLV website and for more info about APS check out their website.

Friday 14 August
7pm (registrations 6.30pm)
‘The Engine Room’
50 View Street
Contact: Mark Hands, [email protected]

Friday 21 August
6.30pm (registrations 6pm)
Wangaratta Library
21 Docker Street
Contact: Leah Walker, [email protected]

Moonee Ponds
Wednesday 26 August
6.30pm (registrations 6pm)
Sam Merrifield Library
762 Mt Alexander Road
Contact: Eda Irfin, [email protected]

Saturday 29 August
2pm (registrations 1.30pm)
Sydenham Library
1 Station Street
Watergardens, Taylors Lakes
Contact: Danielle Marie, [email protected]

Saturday 5 September
11.30am (registrations 11am)
District Hub
156 Grant Street
Contact: Jeanette Moore, [email protected]

Australian Poetry Slam – Victorian State Final
Friday 11 September
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Free event (bookings required)
[email protected]
03 8664 7099

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