Piano and the Poet: Volume Two
- The Alex Theatre 1/135 Fitzroy Street St Kilda, VIC, 3182 Australia (map)
Featuring Taylah Adam, Zaynab G Farah, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Morgaine van Wingerden, Tim Evans, Amanda Anastasi, Miriam Dale, Benjamin Solah, Trixi Rosa, Tenda McFly and wāni
An evening with poets, storytellers, and a grand piano. Poet and musician Meena Shamaly plays piano alongside some of Melbourne’s finest poets and spoken word artists, allowing their beautiful words and expressive performances to shine in new musical lights.
General Admission: $20
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.