Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet whose work has been published as locally as Prahran’s Artist Lane walls to The Massachusetts Review in the US. She is the convener of La Mama Poetica, and the author of ‘2012 and other poems’ and co-author of ‘The Silences' (Eaglemont Press, 2016). Amanda is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and a recent recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, where she worked on her upcoming speculative poetry collection ‘2042’. Amanda is currently a Research Associate at the Monash University Climate Change Communications Research Hub, where she is writing poetry to raise awareness on ecological issues and the climate crisis.
Critically acclaimed spoken word artist, published poet, and cabaret starlet Amy Bodossian is an eccentric and unforgettable performer who's been captivating audiences for over 10 years with her uniquely wacky, whimsical, heart wrenching and hilarious performances. She's appeared on ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed at major festivals across Australia, and headlined most of Melbourne’s top poetry events. She's been nominated for a Green Room Award and won the 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Convenor's Choice Award.
'There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies. '- FINGER MAGAZINE
Aishah Ali is Law and Political Science student who has emerged as a fresh new face of spoken word poetry in Sydney. She has featured at the largest poetry slams and writers events in Sydney, including Sydney Writers Festival (SWF), Moonlight Feminists, Bankstown Poetry Slam, Word-in-Hand, Poetica as well as for a number of NGOs such as Batyr, Reconciliation NSW and Amnesty International.Her work has also been showcased by ABC News and the Daily Telegraph. After winning BPS Grand Slam with her team Mouthful of Melanin, she took to theatre-performing and co-writing, the spoken word theatre production 'Dy(STOP)ia' for SWF.
AndyJackson has featured as a poet and a performer at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and Australia. His poems have been selected for five of the last six annual editions of The Best Australian Poems. Andy's most recent collection, Music our bodies can't hold (Hunter Publishers, 2017), consists of portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome, and his new collection Human looking is forthcoming. He has worked in call-centres, libraries, and as a creative writing tutor, and is almost finished a PhD in poetry and bodily otherness through the University of Adelaide.
Anna Fern's poetry is a hybrid of spoken word, sound and song. She's won the Doris Leadbetter Melbourne Poetry Cup and been a guest at many venues, including Woodford Folk Festival (Qld). Her work has appeared in Unusual Work, Rabbit, Best Australian Poems and Voiceprints. She's run La Mama Poetica, and currently helps out with the Citizens Circus.
Anna Forsyth is poet and editor and the founder of feminist poetry organisation, Girls on Key and Girls on Key Press. Her poems and short stories have appeared in journals in print and online, including FourW, n-Scribe, Poetry New Zealand, Landfall and Headland. Her latest collection, Beatific Toast was released in May 2018 and she is currently working on a project, The Unknown, Great (for release in 2019). Originally from NZ, she now lives in Newcastle.
Texas-born Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a theatre degree, two books, and an Australian Poetry Slam Championship under her belt, she explores the interplay between spoken word and the body, merging elements of dance and physical theatre with written poetry to create multidisciplinary short works that she has toured through Texas, Australia, and Southeast Asia, from the pubs of Melbourne to the cafes of Singapore to the Sydney Opera House. Her first collection, Black and Ropy, was released through Pitt Street Poetry in 2017.
Benjamin Solah is a spoken word perform, organiser, curator, promoter and videographer. Growing up in Western Sydney and now living in Brunswick West, he’s been performing poetry and spoken word around Melbourne since 2010, having featured at most of the major poetry events, including Passionate Tongues, and Slamalamadingdong. His work has appeared in Cordite, Overland and Going Down Swinging as well as on YouTube with Write About Now and SlamFind. He’s the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word and a current co-producer of Slamalamadingdong, which has taken him as couch and performer to the United States twice, touring New York and Texas. His forthcoming collection is My Anxiety Has Imposter Syndrome.
Bill Moran is a performance poet and former medic from Houston, TX. He is a two-time Austin Poetry Slam Champion, and has an MFA Poetry degree from Louisiana State University. He has toured regularly since 2011, performing and teaching throughout Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the US. His work has been featured on Button Poetry (video), University of Hell Press, Alien Mouth, Pressure Gauge Press, and Phoebe. He currently lives and works in Houston as a teaching artist for Writers in the Schools, and his solo debut book 'Oh God Get Out Get Out' is now available through Write Bloody Publishing.
Brendan Bonsack's poetry has featured in Melbourne’s White Night festival, and Poland’s UNESCO Poems on the Walls project. He was a commissioned public transport poet in the 2016 MoreArt Festival, and shortlisted for the XYZ Prize for Spoken Word at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival. Brendan was feature poet at La Mama Poetica, and supported US touring poet, Madison Mae Parker. He is author of ten books of poetry, including collaborations with international writers. Brendan is a presenter on Melbourne radio 3CR, for a weekly arts program dedicated to poetry and performance. His poetry and music is available at www.brendanbonsack.com
Brownsugababe, Astrid Mbani-Cartens, comes from the lineage of Saartjie Baartman, her form a regal replica of hers. Her roots planted in the joining of Africas thighs, her soul a sojourner of many adventures, her heart in each human connection she’s privileged to make. Astrid uses her poetry to process and understand the world and when she shares it, she offers the listener a window through which to share that view. It’s a way she shares herself and even if for a brief moment connect with your soul. She’s a lover of people, curious life student, both complex and simple, a seeker of Joy and Dancer of delight and glee. She is Brownsugababe.
Winner of Outspoken 2018 and Gender Outlaws 2019; Castiel Lee is a Korean-Australian poet, who is a currently studying at Monash University. As an advocate of positive social change, Cas uses poetry as a mode of storytelling. Touching upon themes of identity, mental health and interpersonal connections, she explores how wide arrays of social issues influence the nature of our relationships with others. Cas’s passion about mental health, serves as her motivator to revolutionise its study as an aspiring future psychiatrist.
Charlotte Sareño Raymond is a Melbourne based poet interested in using art to explore the nuances of identity. As a Filipino-Sri Lankan queer woman of colour with a myriad of invisible illnesses, she is seeking to expand her artistic practice to creating more opportunities for marginalised communities. She has spoken across poetry and writers events cross Melbourne including the Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 and performed at Auckland Fringe 2019. She has been published by the Federation for Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, Djed Press and Cordite Poetry Review. With a background in social work, she has a strong interest in making artistic spaces accessible and accommodating. She is currently producing a show for the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival 'The Melanin Monologues' which seeks to shed light on the unspoken stories of the South Asian Community. She will be drawing on her artistry as a poetry and a producer, as well as her secret talents in music and physical theatre.
Claire Gaskin’s first book was a chapbook entitled, A snail in the Ear of the Buddha, published by Soup Publications. Her collection, a bud, completed in the receipt of a Literature Board grant, was published by John Leonard Press in 2006 and shortlisted in the SA Literature Awards. Her collection, Paperweight, was published by John Hunter Publishers in 2013. Eurydice Speaks is forthcoming with John Hunter Publishers in 2019. She is working on her fourth collection with the working title of Ismene’s Survivable Resistance.
Daymon Greulich, aka ‘Hunch’ explores boundaries through spoken word with rambunctious rantings of insight, self loathing and self acceptance. Known for his signature syncopated delivery and off-beat content, he bridges the gap between Dr. Seuss and Eminem as he searches for humour and meaning in the dark recesses of the human condition. He’s also obsessed with electronic music because he’s actually a robot, but he’s trying hard to be human.
Dr Denise Chapman
Dr. Denise Chapman is a passionate digital media-creator, spoken word artist, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature, early literacy and technology at Monash University. She’s served as a literacy specialist focused on home literacies, critical media literacy, and culturally-sustaining partnerships within diverse communities in Australia and the USA. Denise uses oral folktales, children’s literature, film, and interactive digital content as windows for critical thinking and transformative, emancipatory opportunities. As part of Monash's Digital Education Research Group, Denise’s current research prioritises communities experiencing marginalisation and employs participatory, visual, creative, and narrative methods to illuminate inequities for social change.
Di Cousens is a Melbourne poet and photographer. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and is published in anthologies and journals. She has featured at Passionate Tongues, Girls on Key, Melbourne Poets Union, Poets at Watsonia, the Loop Bar, Westword and the Muddy Rivers Slam. She is also well known for her work in interfaith dialogue and social justice advocacy. She is one of the producers of the 3CR radio program, Spoken Word. Her most recent collection, 'the days pass without name', was launched by former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.
Eddy Burger is a writer of funny, weird and experimental performance poetry, page poetry, visual poetry, fiction and plays. He is an anti-realist, absurdist and champion of the imagination. His work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals locally and overseas, as well as in his chapbooksFunny & Strange and Impressions of me, and in his self-published zines.He has been a regular feature of the spoken word stage for 25 years and is a past winner of the Melbourne Fringe Spoken Word Award.
Edward Caruso works as a book editor. His poems have been published in Right Now and n-Scribe. In 2010, he published his first book of poems, Di Alture ed altre Utopie (written in Italian). His second collection of poems, Blue Milonga, a collection of poems written in Chile and Argentina, was published by Hybrid Publishers here in Melbourne in January 2019. He regularly appears at Melbourne Spoken Word venues.
Ela Fornalska is a poet, teacher and broadcaster. She has performed her work in festivals, on television and the radio. Ela has been published in various anthologies, audio compilations, literary magazines and journals. She has been a grand finalist in the Sydney Road Writer’s Festival and Cup, a finalist at the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, and in 2018 she was shortlisted in the teacher section of Red Room Poetry’s national competition ‘Poetry Object’. Ela was an international guest at the festival ‘Österreich Liest’ (Austria Reads) in 2015. In 2106, she founded pApEr WaVeS.
Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. A passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive cultures, she is Chair of Peril Magazine and Vice-Chair of The Stella Prize.
Elizabeth "Lish" Skec
“Lish is the fire in the poetry and spoken word of Melbourne. Her voice gravels and soars like a goddess with a shopping trolley on the nullabor.* Published and a performer in experimental art and hybrid poetry venues, in years to come you will revel in having seen her live.’- Meg Dunn.
Music, poetics, theatre, twirls fire. Lish has written poetry, plays, short stories, comedy and songs for adults and children. She has two chap books Butterflies of New Dawn 1996 and Leather Skin, skecteXt publishing 2002 and one recent poetry collection Breath published by Luckner Press 2014. Lish is the founder and host of the fortnightly gig Poetryspective at Pride Of Our Footscray Community Bar.
*Lish did push a shopping trolley across the nullabor in 1994, it was full of soft toys
Emilie Collyer lives in West Footscray, on Wurundjeri country, where she writes plays, poetry and prose. She was runner up in the 2019 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and her writing has appeared recently in Australian Poetry Anthology, Cordite, Overland, The Lifted Brow and Aurealis. Plays presented in the last few years include award-winning Contest, Dream Home and The Good Girl which premiered in New York in 2016.
Emily Polites has been writing poems ever since she discovered that people will listen to them. She has materialised at countless spoken word gigs around Melbourne’s lively poetry scene, often with her identical twin – and fellow poet – Bronwen. Her work can be exhumed from several journals and anthologies, and may even turn up on youtube.
Two times TEDx speaker and viral poet, Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist, speaker and coach. A global advocate for Women’s rights and a fierce voice for the power of authenticity and courage as a social change tool.
Founder of Melbourne’s acclaimed Women's Spoken Word event, Mother Tongue. A passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest performer who's words, workshops and courses leave a profound impression.
A self-identified queer, erotic, spiritual, mother she has a theatrical and yet deeply authentic performance style, renowned for captivating her audiences with depth, honesty, and humour.
In 2017 she published her book, Sex and God, performed internationally and became the first women to represent Australia at the National Poetry Slam, USA. In 2018 her poem, Witches, went viral on International Women's Day with over one million views in 3 days, with over 2.8 million views to date. Towards the end of the year she completed a US tour, and launched her album of spoken word Unhear This.
Gerard knows as much about the mechanics or history of poetry as he knows about sport (chuckles). But he knows what he likes and, maybe, through some extraordinary psychic osmosis, he will ever learn more from the smorgasbord of brilliance of other poets. His work runs from playfully wacky, though the romance of transitory everyday moments, to our extradimensional cosmic connectivity. Singing, either of a parodied known song or his own, might feature in his performance. Dramatis Personae serves his theatrical penchant in allowing him to transform into teenage poet Rimbaud as well as poet-activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker).
Henry Briffa is an emerging poet and a Melbourne Psychologist. Walking Home, his debut chapbook has been published by the Melbourne Poets Union. In early 2019 he undertook a residency at Bundanon. In 2018 he received a special commendation in the Queensland Poetry Festival Elder Emerging Poet Mentorship Award. His poems have been published in local journals (including Unusual Works, N-scribe, Poems on Posters at the University of Western Australia), and overseas (Golfo and Teesta). He with an interest in the relationship between poetry and therapy.
Hamish Danks Brown
Hamish Danks Brown a.k.a. Danksta Downunder dwells in the Area 61 phase of life around El Driftwood. He has been writing poetry since childhood and performing spoken word since his second childhood in 2004. He has written, performed & published in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. Originally from Sydney via Queensland he has been active in the poetry & spoken word community since moving to Melbourne 3 years ago. Currently he is committee member of the Melbourne Poets Union and convenor of Spoken Word at Bar Oussou (Brunswick) and Posty Poetry (St Kilda) open mic events. He has published 1 chapbook "All Other Destinations" and a bilingual collection in English and French is in progress under the editorial supervision of Roy The Cat / Le Chat.
Indrani Perera is a Melbourne poet, photographer and maker fascinated by the process of creating and the alchemy of making. She is the author of the poetry collections, Defenestration (1997) and Pas Des Deux (forthcoming with Ginninderra Press). Her most recent publication is Wild Heart, a hand-bound limited edition chapbook. In 2017 she won the Elyne Mitchell Bonus Prize for non fiction.
Jeltje Fanoy (jeltje) has been involved with poetry small presses in Melbourne since the 1970s, and she remains insistent about both the importance of live poetry and the possibilities of how performative work can be reproduced, in evocative ways, on the page. For MSWPF she’ll be performing from (written) poetry scores of women poets from the BEAT era, together with the improvising group UQ.
Six years ago, I moved from the inner-city North Fitzroy to the outlands of Healesville; from the hipster latte belt to the forested edge 200m from the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. From a small unit in a 70’s red-brick apartment block to a two bedroom mud-brick cottage on 1.5 acres. From the urban hum of traffic to the silence of birdsong and generators Don’t get me wrong, I can get a coffee on Main Street as good as any on St Georges Rd. Still deurbanizing, my work has more pastoral but not idyllic; the climate apocalypse always leaning over my shoulder.
Paul Mitchell is the author of five books and his latest poetry collection, Standard Variation, was short-listed for the Adelaide Writers’ Week poetry prize. His debut collection, Minorphysics, won the IP Picks Poetry Award for an unpublished Australian manuscript and his poems have been published in numerous Australian journals and newspapers. Paul has judged the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry and performed his work at Bowery Poetry Club New York, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and numerous other events and festivals. He has written and performed a number of works for stage and in late 2016, his debut novel, We. Are. Family., was published to wide critical acclaim. Paul is also an essayist and journalist, with work published in The Age, Meanjin, The Big Issue, ABC Religion and Ethics, Griffith Review and Eureka Street. He is currently working on his fourth poetry collection, with the working title “Skills for Living”.
John Englezos is a freelance photographer, a spoken word poet and Melbourne’s 2015 Poetry Slam Champion. He was part of the first Australian team representing at the National Poetry Slam Finals in Denver Colorado, 2017. His first book "If The World Were Upside Down" centres around notions of Hope, Identity and Wonder. He has mentored and run workshops for creative people in the fields of live performance and visual arts; is a speaker coach for Tedx St Kilda; is an uncle to four and a brother to many.
Find John's work @johnepoetry Instagram / Facebook / Wordpress
Kat O wears her f**ked up heart on her sleeve in a punk, Courtney Barnett kinda way. Her passionate, Australian-flavoured songs connect to the hearts of everyone who has been let down by friendships, relationships and even the government. Kat O is a writer and musician and heads the band The Kat O Army. Their debut single 'Victim of Truth (Minorities Unite)' was released independently and included a successful Victorian tour, followed by NSW shows. The song received strong airplay on community radio in Victoria and Adelaide. The second single ‘I Don't Wanna Fight’ was released in April 2018 through A&R Records. An independent debut EP, 'Love, Pain and Politics' followed shortly after. They will launch their new single 'I'll meet you at the milk bar' on August 23rd. Kat O is the brainchild and curator of 'Music Mamas', a child and family friendly musical Event showcasing mainly women musicians.
Katie Lohner is a spoken word and multi-disciplinary artist from Melbourne. Her quirky performance style has touched audiences including Mother Tongue, Fresh Voices, HillScene and Speaking the Sacred. Drawing from memory and family, Katie’s poetry has led her to being described as one of the most unique performers in Melbourne. She was a 2018 finalist at The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Her practice also extends from poetry to a range of performance art, as well as graphic design and visual arts.
Luka Lesson is an Australian born poet and rap artist of Greek heritage. Luka’s work engages with the mythology of his family homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka is a previous Australian Poetry Slam Champion, had poems published in a number of international anthologies, released his own collections and musical albums and toured extensively both at home and abroad. Luka has always used education programs as a form of activism and social change in schools and universities worldwide. His poem 'May Your Pen Grace The Page' will appear in Australian English curriculums from 2019 until 2025. Luka runs his own annual poetry retreat is his grandfather’s village on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
MELIZARANI T.SELVA is a spoken word poet venturing into prose. To date, she has represented Malaysia at the Commonwealth People's Forum in London and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Her notable performances include, TEDxGateway in Mumbai and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her first book titled ‘Taboo’ made Top 10 Best-Seller List on Malaysia’s No.1 Online Bookstore (MPH). To date, her poems have been translated in French and Bahasa Malaysia. Presently, co-runs the Malaysia National Poetry Slam and has co-published an anthology comprising of 100 poems by 61 poets from Malaysia titled 'When I Say Spoken, You Say Word!'
Michael “Mic” Ting is an Asian American poet born and raised in the Bay Area. He has competed on three national slam poetry teams, and in 2015, he helped Team Palo Alto take 2nd at Group Piece Finals during the National Poetry Slam. In addition to performing as part of a team, Mic has also competed as an individual at IWPS 2018 (Individual World Poetry Slam), InkSlam, Southwest Shootout, and NUPIC (National Underground Poetry Individual Competition). His work can be found on PSI, SlamFind, and Write About Now. Mic is also the reigning 2018 IWPS champion and currently ranked as the #1 slam poet in the world.
Michael Reynolds was born in Geelong in 1965 and has lived in Melbourne since he was 10. He is a bit of a "late bloomer" in poetry, having only started writing in his mid 30s after coming across a reading at The Dan O'Connell Hotel in 1999. Later that year he took over the running of Passionate Tongues Poetry and has done so since. He has read his poetry around Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. His chapbook Upon Finding A Chair In The Forest was published by MPU in 2008.
Morgaine van Wingerden
Morgaine van Wingerden is a Melbourne based poet and spoken word artist. She shares stories that are deeply personal, often bleak and sometimes funny. She has performed her poetry across Australia and the United States, appearing at the Bowery Poetry Club and competing with the only Australian team in the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago.
Maxime Banks is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, a time-traveller of the Black-American Diaspora with Mississippi roots. Her work intersects science, visual art and creative technology with a sense of otherness across Afrofuture anamnesis, collage, multimedia, poetry and textiles. She is creating an Afro-galactic archive, i.e., an automythoethnography of Black portraiture, writing and identity. Maxime’s work reflects on Black cultural history, memory, self-sovereignty and the Universe. Quantum physics inspires her image-making, thinking, research and imagination. Maxime’s art practice explores Black portraiture, quantum poetics, Afro-Surrealism, spacetime travel creating thematic metaphors of hybridity. Maxime is an emergent filmmaker exploring experimental, documentary avant-garde cinema. She received grants from the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, Puffin Foundation and Writers Victoria. She received her BS and BFA from universities in the USA and Paris, France. MFA postgraduate research study at University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Nat is a singer-songwriter, composer, and spoken word poet based in Melbourne. She won the 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize at the Northcote Town Hall in December 2018, and was runner up in Slamalamadingdong’s gender outlaw slam. Nat is the founder and director of Puddledog Productions, a business where she creates customized songs as personalized gifts. She is currently composing her first Musical, called "Couches", and is also writing a new web-series, called "Quarter-Tones", to be released later this year. She is currently drafting her first collection of poetry “Purity: Unsuccessful attempts to simplify life”.
Poetpre was born in India, lived in Singapore, then moved to Melbourne and calls it home. She is very a recent addition to the spoken word scene and has taken to it like a duck to water. Calm on the surface and paddling like mad underneath. She won the first open mic competition she ever entered - held by Melbourne Poets Union and was invited to feature at Sloth Arts shortly after. She has featured at Mother Tongue and will also be featuring in their MSWPF event – Women on Fire. Her work is reflective, personal and confessional in style and derives inspiration from everything around her. But mainly heartache and pain with some comic relief thrown in. If you want to know what it feels like to metaphorically open a vein and bleed and then laugh about it, this is for you.
Rania has been writing since she was 14 but only started pursuing poetry seriously in 2015, when she joined the West Writers group at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. There she was introduced to more poets and slowly became known in the poetry scene. Rania aims to change perspectives via her poetry and thus inspire change from within.
Described as “a right-on wordsmith and master of comic poignancy” (Sabotage Reviews), Stephanie Dogfoot has won national poetry slams in Singapore and the UK, and has represented both countries at international poetry slams. She has been a featured writer and performer at the Georgetown Literary Festival, the Adelaide Fringe, Glastonbury Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and many more. She founded and runs a poetry night in Singapore called Spoke & Bird, which features local and international poets, musicians and storytellers. Her first poetry collection, Roadkill for Beginners (Math Paper Press) was published in March 2019.
Steve Smart has been a performance poet since the late 90s. That makes him... middle aged. He's gradually embracing the concept. Steve has performed on three continents, at more venues in more cities than he can number. Being on stage provokes less anxiety for him than not being on stage. He is an event coordinator, current President of Melbourne Poets Union, and a fan of Amy Poehler. For MSWPF 2019 Steve is reaching into his archive and pulling out a treasured piece of his history.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity.
Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change.
Tariro also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).
Tariro directs and devises theatre works with different collectives and collaborators.
Tariro trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2011 and was awarded the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence.
She has since undertaken more training in California in 2015-2016 at The Tamalpa Institute with legendary artist and teacher Anna Halprin, who is known for the Life Art Process.
Tariro underwent training in 2017 in South Africa at at the University of SA in Pretoria in Decoloniality Studies.
Tariro also founded and produced Africa's Got Talent Australia for three years and was a founding member of Still Waters African Women's Storytelling Collective and the Centre for Poetics and Justice.
Taylah Adam is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of the Mornington Peninsula. She was a Victorian APS finalist in 2014 and has since become part of the MSW scene. With a performance style that is nothing short of powerful, her performances are rare but she pulls no punches. She is an avid collector of books and ferocious supporter of fellow artists.
Tenda McFly is a rapper and spoken word poet living and working in Melbourne. His material is mesmerizing and thought-provoking, offering a youthful intelligence that is representative of both his life experience and his generation. His next project is the secret show.
Instagram: @Tendacanfly Website: Tendacanfly.com
Thabani Tshuma is Zimbabwean born and raised. He’s been living abroad for the greater part of the last decade, from Massachusetts to Johannesburg to Melbourne. Featured author at Djed Press and 2019 Hot Desk Fellow with the Wheeler centre compiling his debut poetry collection. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma. He is currently in his final year of studying journalism, and can be regularly found in the Melbourne spoken word scene, having most recently won Slamalamadingdong’s 2019 Grand Slam. Writing is the aperture through which he views the world and experiences self in relation to others.
Tim Evans is recovering from being English and has been performing his poems at people all over Melbourne and Victoria since 2015. He’s been published in Audacious Vol. 4, Australian Poetry Journal and Solid Air (UQP). He received an honourable mention at the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize 2017. In 2018 he won a place on the Slamalamadingdong! team, performing at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago and venues in New York. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn't very good at it.
Waffle Irongirl is poet, flash fictionista and spoken word performer from Melbourne. On-stage, she is the poetic analogue of heavy-metal karaoke. Off-stage, she eats identity labels for breakfast. Her poetry has been included in the Australian Poetry Journal, Cold Mountain Review, and "Audacious 4", Melbourne Spoken Word's audio journal.
wāni is a proud descendant of the bashi peoples of wallungu as well as the current incarnation of the Afronaut. He spends a majority of his times teleporting through different universes and time-scapes navigating between dreams of becoming the fire-fist pirate king Hokage master of all four elements, and unfolding tales from a generation of peoples who quite honestly might be too good for this universe. You can find him currently manifesting the form of a polyglot living and creating on the occupied lands of Narrm
Yvette Stubbs is a matriarch of the Melbourne poetry scene. A multi award winning published poet, host and convenor of Eclectic Creators Unite. her poems have toured the world many times, she has a feature at The Tartan Heart Festival, Scotland, this August. Yvette hails from a theatrical and artist background and brings that to the stage. She often recites her own deeply heart wrenching work followed by a barbed wire funny poem. She is often described as unpredictable and truly unique or is that unruly? You decide, oh and she is always entertaining and a marvellous reverse heckler.
Zaynab is a Somali, Melbourne-based Spoken word artist. Driven to support and give back to her community; her pieces explore intricate personal experiences and topics that she’s very passionate about. Zaynab has performed on various platforms, which include both community and local events. She performed at the Sydney 2018 Word Travels event . She was the winner of the Woodend Heat for the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam and The runner up for the 2019 Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam.
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