POETRY NIGHTS AT SAPPHO

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Poetry Nights at Sappho are held the second Tuesday of every month, and have become known for their welcoming atmosphere and great poet readings.
The night usually features two poets reading their own work, followed by open mic. readings.
Our host is Sydney poet Toby Fitch, who has his own poetry book in the works.

OPEN MIC
There are a limited amount of spots in the open mic section, so get in early. One poem each, up to 2 minutes.

FOOD & WINE
The wine and tapas bar is open for fine wine and beers as well as a great selection of bites. Check out our menu here.

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Photo of our March 2013 poetry night, courtesy of John Tranter (c). Check out his website to see more!

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Poetry Readings & Open Mic for 2014

Hosted by Sydney Poet Toby Fitch

 

August Poetry Night: Tuesday 5th August - 7pm

PETER ROSE is the author of the award-winning family memoir Rose Boys (2001), just reissued as a Text Classic.
He has also published five poetry collections, most recently Crimson Crop (UWA Publishing, 2012).
He is the Editor of Australian Book Review.

http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/rose-peter
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/

SARAH HOLLAND-BATT's first book, Aria, won a number of prizes including the Arts A.C.T. Judith Wright Prize and the F.A.W. Anne Elder Award.
She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, the Marten Bequest Travelling Fellowship, and an Australia Council Literature Residency in Rome.
Her second book is forthcoming from UQP in 2015.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sarah-holland-batt

BARNABY SMITH is a writer, poet and musician based in Northern New South Wales.
His poetry has featured in Southerly, Cordite, Best Australian Poems, Spineless Wonders, Great Ocean and other publications in Australia and the UK.
He is also a music and arts journalist for Rolling Stone Australia, ABC Arts and The Quietus, and one half of folk music duo Telegraph Tower.

www.barnaby-smith.moonfruit.com

OPEN MIC
Get in early to sign up for the open mic. Put down your name from 7pm. 10 readers, 2 minutes each, max!


JULY Poetry Night: Tuesday 8th JULY at 7pm

In conjunction with Experimental: 7-8 July, University of Sydney, Sappho Books is proud to host a celebratory set of poetry readings by influential US poets associated with Language writing: Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, and Barrett Watten; plus a slew of Australian poets also participating in the symposium.

The night will kick off from 7pm at Sappho Books with extended readings by:

Carla Harryman
http://carlaharryman.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Harryman

Lyn Hejinian
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/lyn-hejinian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn_Hejinian

Barrett Watten
http://barrettwatten.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett_Watten


And will be followed by a lucky-motley-dip-crew of "locals", who might possibly include:

Pam Brown/a.j. carruthers/Kate Fagan/Toby Fitch/Ross Gibson/Anna Gibbs/Martin Harrison/Fiona Hile/Eddie Hopely/Kate Lilley/Astrid Lorange/Peter Minter/Sam Moginie/Ella O'Keefe/Gig Ryan/John Tranter/Ann Vickery/Corey Wakeling/jessica l. wilkinson
 



JUNE Poetry Night: Tuesday 10th JUNE at 7pm, plus Open Mic

On the second Tuesday of June, the 11th Avant Gaga will take place at Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, featuring guest poets Louis Armand, Anna Couani, Melinda Bufton, and Rory Dufficy, plus an open mic section. Wine, tapas, heaters, chairs, tables, umbrellas, courtyard, people, poems, et al., etc. for free.

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LOUIS ARMAND
is a Sydney-born writer & visual artist who has lived in Prague since 1994. He has published six novels, Cairo (Equus, 2014), Breakfast at Midnight (Equus, 2012), Clair Obscur (Equus, 2011), Menudo (Antigen, 2005), The Garden (Salt, 2001) & Canicule (Equus, 2013). In addition, he is the author of eight collections of poetry–most recently, Indirect Objects (2014) & Letters from Ausland (2011; both from Vagabond), & Synopticon (with John Kinsella; Litteraria, 2012). He is an editor of VLAK magazine. http://atelierlouisarmand.wordpress.com/

ANNA COUANI
lived in Glebe since 1971 in the sculpture street, Queen St, worked as an Art & ESL high school teacher, 20 years in Intensive English Centres in the western suburbs, now teaching ESL in mainstream boys school. Her books include: Italy, The Train, Were all women sex-mad?, The Harbour Breathes, The Western Horizon, Small Wonders. She writes experimental prose & poetry, has published in many magazines & anthologies, and small press publishing such as Magic Sam magazine, Sea Cruise Books, Island in the Sun, Telling Ways (experimental women's writing). Founding member of the Sydney Women Writers Workshop (the No Regrets group), lasted 12 years. Was president of the Sydney Poets Union in the 80s, organised PU poetry readings. Has participated in a collaborative postcard project (visual art) called Elsewhere over the last 3 years. http://seacruise.ath.cx/annacouani/

MELINDA BUFTON
is a Melbourne poet and reviewer, with publications including work in The Age, Rabbit, Cordite, Southerly and Best Australian Poems. In 2013 she completed an Honours thesis on new 'girl' subjectivities in contemporary Australian poetry, and how they relate to their North American cousins of the Gurlesque oeuvre. Her first collection, Girlery, was released by Inken Publisch in early 2014. http://cordite.org.au/author/melindabufton/

RORY DUFFICY
has published poetry and criticism in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Book Review, Overland, Cordite and elsewhere. He is completing a PHD at the University of Western Sydney. http://cordite.org.au/author/rory-dufficy/

OPEN MIC
Get in early to sign up for the open mic. Put down your name from 7pm. 10 readers, 2 minutes each, max!

 
 

May Poetry Night: Tuesday 20th May at 7pm, plus Open Mic

 
As a one-off, the Sappho poetry night will happen on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 20, not the 2nd Tuesday, which should annoy the Writers Festival peeps no end. Special guest poets are Kate Middleton, Lisa Gorton and Justin Clemens. Open mic too! So come, all ye: wine, tapas, courtyard, plastic seats, night-lights, poetry, etc..

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LISA GORTON
lives in Melbourne. Her first poetry collection 'Press Release' came out with Giramondo in 2007. Last year she published a second collection, also with Giramondo: 'Hotel Hyperion'. She has also written a children's novel, 'Cloudland', and edited Black Inc's 'Best Australian Poems 2013'. Lisa wrote a doctorate on John Donne and received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies'. She has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry. Lisa is poetry editor of ABR and reviews editor of Cordite.

KATE MIDDLETON
is a poet and essayist, whose first collection Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009) won the WA Premier’s Award for Poetry. Born in Melbourne, educated at the universities of Melbourne, Georgetown and Michigan, in 2011-2012 she held the inaugural appointment as Sydney City Poet. She is currently a doctoral candidate at UWS. Her second book, Ephemeral Waters, appeared in 2013 and has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award.

JUSTIN CLEMENS
is author of poetry books such as ten thousand fcuking monkeys, Villain, me n me trumpet, and The Mundiad, the latter of which has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award. He works as an academic at the University of Melbourne and is known for his work on Alain Badiou, psychoanalysis, European philosophy, and contemporary Australian art and literature.
 
 
 

April Poetry Night: Tuesday April 8th at 7pm, plus Open Mic

DAVID BROOKS
spent his earliest years in Greece and Yugoslavia, where his father was an immigration officer. He studied at the ANU before postgraduate degrees at the University of Toronto, where he was overseas editor for New Poetry and worked with such poets as Galway Kinnell, Mark Strand, and Czeslaw Milosz. His first collection, The Cold Front (1983), was short-listed for major awards. His The Book of Sei (1985) was heralded as the most impressive debut in Australian short fiction since Peter Carey’s, and his novel, The Fern Tattoo, was short-listed for Australia’s most prestigious prizes for fiction. The Sydney Morning Herald called his latest collection, The Balcony (UQP 2008), ‘an electric performance’. His most recent publication is The Conversation (UQP 2012). Until 2013 he taught Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, where he was also the foundation director of the graduate writing program. He is co-editor of Southerly.

MICHELLE CAHILL
is the author of Night Birds. Her collection VishvarÅ«pa was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She has received awards and grants in poetry, most recently a Forward prize nomination, the CAL/UOW International fellowship at Kingston University, London and a Developing Writer’s Grant. She co-edited Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann).

CRAIG POWELL
Born Wollongong NSW 1940, graduated in Medicine from Sydney Uni 1965, then specialised in Psychiatry. Lived in Canada 1972-82. During which time he studied with the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. Worked as a psychotherapist in Sydney 1982 till 2012 when he had to retire because of an injury. He is widowed with two adult children and two grand-daughters. He has produced 9 poetry collections.
 
 

Avant Gaga #10: Tuesday 11th March at 7pm, plus Open Mic

JOANNE BURNS
is a Sydney poet. Her latest book is 'amphora' (Giramondo Publishing 2011). She has recently completed a new manuscript 'brush', and is working on assembling a Selected poems, featuring work spanning four decades.
http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/burns-joanne 

JOEL SCOTT 
is a poet from Sydney. He is part of the Berlin-based GROUP DOG, an internationalist, unambitious alliance of literary ratbags. He has produced two poetry objects, 'CORNEARS' and 'catalogue' (Mouca), and a chapbook 'DIARY FARM' (Vagabond) will appear very soon.
http://hedgingyourbets.wordpress.com/

ELENA GOMEZ
works in publishing and lives in Sydney. She co-hosts the occasional apartment poetry series, CELL, and co-edits SUS press. She was most recently published in The Claudius App. http://seizureonline.com/viva-editor-profile-3-elena-gomez/ 

TOM LEE 
is a writer who works across the genres of prose fiction, poetry, academic criticism and the essay. He has recently written about feelings of the feet, the social history of burrs and thistles, stiles and paddock architecture and literary lists. He has published work with Environmental Humanities, M/C Journal, Cordite, Rabbit, Overland Magazine, Southerly Journal, Blackbox Manifold, Steamer, Seizure and The Reader. http://tomfredlee.wordpress.com/
 

 

Avant Gaga #9: Tuesday 11th February at 7pm, plus Open Mic

JUSTIN CLEMENS
has written books etc. they include Black River, Villain, me n me trumpet & The Mundiad (twice).

ROSS GIBSON
is Centenary Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. Publications include the books The Summer Exercises and 26 Views of the Starburst World.

ASTRID LORANGE
is a poet and associate lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Her most recent poetry book is Food Turns into Blood, published by Gauss PDF Editions. Her monograph on Gertrude Stein, How Reading is Written, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.

ADEN ROLFE
is a poet and performance writer whose work has been published in the Age, Best Australian Poems and Cordite. He was featured in Overland’s Emerging Poets Series in 2012 and was the 2013 recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry from Varuna.
 

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PAST EVENTS:

2013:

Avant Gaga #8: Tuesday 10th December. RUARK LEWIS, MICHAEL FARRELL, AMY IRELAND, SAM MOGINIE, JOSH DUBRAU

Tuesday 12th November at 7pm, plus Open Mic: JENNIFER MAIDEN, BONNY CASSIDY, DEREK MOTION, TIM GREY

Tues 10th September: PETE SPENCE, CAMERON LOWE, JO LANGDON.

Tues 13th August: JULIE CHEVALIER, BERNDT SELLHEIM, JAMES STUART, ALI JANE SMITH

Tues 9th July: AVANT GAGA #7 - KENT MACCARTER, DAVID MUSGRAVE, NANCY NAOMI CARLSON, NANCY CARRUTHERS

Tues 14th May: CHRIS ANDREWS, ELIZABETH CAMPBELL, BROOK EMERY

Tuesday 9th April:VIVIAN SMITH, CATHERINE VIDLER, ELIZABETH ALLEN, LUKE FISCHER

Tuesday 12th March: JOHN TRANTER, FIONA HILE, SAM LANGER, MARTY HIATTCLAIRE NASHAR

Tuesday 12th Feb Avant Gaga #5: MARTIN HARRISON, ANN VICKERY, JESS WILKINSON, NICK KEYS

2012:
Tuesday December 11: PETER BOYLE, MICHELLE CAHILL, PHILIP HAMMIAL

Tuesday November 14th: JILL JONES, EDDIE HOPELY, KERI GLASTONBURY

Tuesday October 9Avant Gaga #4: Pam Brown, Ken Bolton, & Amanda Stewart

November 8 2011 Poetry Reading was : David Malouf and Stuart Cooke

 

 

Other previous poets include: Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Michael Farrell, David Musgrave, Eileen Chong, Robert Adamson, Devin Johnston, Geraldine McKenzie, and Rhyll McMaster.

 

MORE Previous guest poest include:

Joanne Burns Martin Langford  
Stephen Edgar Nicolette Stasko  
Sheung Wai Chan      Noel Rowe  
Noel Tointon Mark Mordue  
David Ritchie Stephen Oliver  
Mark Marusic Kate Forsythe  
Judith Beveridge Rudi Krausmann  
Kerry Leves Maureen Ten  
Bill Tibben Danny Gardner  
Susan Hampton Stuart Rees  
Peter Boyle Brook Emery  
Angela Stretch Kate Fagan  
Martin Harrison Peter Minter  
Charlotte Clutterbuck Kate Lilley  
Rhyll McMaster    Adrian Heathcote  
Andy Quan David Brooks  
Les Murray Carolyn van Langenberg  
Robert Gray Ed Wright  
Kevin hart Anna Kerdijk Nicholson  
Paul Kane Pam Brown