Poetic Mamas: Spoken Word Performance
- Siteworks: Community Room 33 Saxon Street Brunswick, VIC, 3056 Australia (map)
Poetic Mamas is an all ages, inclusive Spoken Word event celebrating the creativity, resilience and diversity of marginalised women. Featuring Dr Denise Chapman, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Skec, Kat O, Maxime Banks, Astrid Mbani-carstens and Yvette Stubbs. Wheelchair and pram accessible. Children are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
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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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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