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.
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!
Poetry Readings & Open Mic for 2014
Hosted by Sydney Poet Toby Fitch
October Poetry Night: Tuesday 14th October, 7pm
grew up in western Sydney. He’s been a rail-worker & union advocate. Over 35 years Wicks has performed at festivals, schools, prison etc. Published in over 300 different magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 20 countries in 11 languages. Conducts workshops around Australia & runs Meuse Press which focuses on poetry outreach projects like poetry on buses & poetry published on the surface of a river. His 11th book of poetry is Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013). http://leswicks.tripod.com/lw.htm
Hailing from Sydney, Candy Royalle shares confronting, political, human and heart wrenching narratives delivered in her own inimitable style to audiences all over Australia and the world, hoping to break open closed hearts. She seeks to take poetry into non-traditional spaces whilst still maintaining those nuances that make poetry what it is. Recently awarded the much sought after 2014 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Poetry, she has appeared alongside some of Australia’s greatest poets, has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and is currently touring her show “Frida People” with band Sloppy Joe. http://candyroyalle.com/
is a Sydney poet published in nine countries. She was awarded ‘commended’ in the 2012 O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition (Ire), Highly Commended in the Val Vallis Award 2012 (Aus), and Highly Commended in the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize 2012 (Aus). She has been read numerously on ABC Radio National. Publications include Quadrant, Westerly, Southerly, Eureka Street, Hecate, Social Alternatives, Cordite, Visible Ink, FourW, The Long Paddock. Her first book Beside Rivers (Island Press), was awarded commended in the National Literary Awards (Anne Elder) 2013.
is a poet, performer and cultural producer. He is also a lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Award and was also Australia’s inaugural Reader-in-Residence based at Brisbane Square Library. As his alter ego, Ghostboy, he is a Green Room nominated spoken word artist who has won the Performance Poetry World Cup (Nimbin) and performed nationally and overseas. Ghostboy also established the thriving QLD poetry slam scene and has performed on stages around the world, both solo and with the band Golden Virtues. The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry, has just been launched at the QLD Poetry and Brisbane Writers Festivals.
September Poetry Night: Tuesday 9th, 7pm.
Avant Gaga #13: nine poets in free association
On the 9th of the 9th, 9 poets will trade poems under the rubric of free association. Free entry as always. Guests poets include:
is a language removalist. His work has been described as "insufferable," "utterly useless," "extremely serious," and "too long." The first 31 parts of his long poem "AXIS" is due out with Vagabond Press later this year.
is a writer, scholar and photographer of signs. She has completed a PhD thesis on eighteenth-century metafictional texts at the University of Sydney and has had short stories and prose pieces published in a range of magazines.
's first full-length collection, Novelties, was awarded the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. In 2012 she won the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the University of Melbourne Felix Myer Scholarship for Literature and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing. Her ongoing commentary on Australian poetic communities is regularly updated at
is a poet and researcher from the United States currently living in Sydney. He is the author and maker of a number of chapbooks, and co-edits SUS press.
is a Sydney based writer who is interested in minor categories of affect, poetic histories of the human body, and innovative cemetery design. He teaches interdisciplinary design subjects at UTS. He wrote his thesis on the metaphysical fictions of W.G.Sebald. The transition from late-adolescence to adulthood has seen him become a sporadic rather than prolific poet.
is an Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Poetry books include Eating and Speaking, Minor Dogs, one that made it alike and FOOD TURNS INTO BLOOD. She co-edits SUS press with Eddie Hopely and Elena Gomez.
is a poet and performance writer, whose works have been published in The Age, Best Australian Poems and Cordite. He’s had a number of radio dramas broadcast on the ABC, including the recent comedy, Like a Writing Desk: http://ab.co/1rHgJc3
is a multi- and inter-disciplinary creator and researcher. Her work has been produced or published in the United States, South Africa, and Australia. She currently teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at UTS.
is the host of Sappho poetry nights. He also writes poetry. His books include Rawshock, Everyday Static, Quarrels, Jerilderies (forthcoming with Vagabond Press late 2014), and is currently working on a book of "inversions".
...followed by an OPEN MIC section. Open mic is 2 mins each, max.
August Poetry Night: Tuesday 5th August - 7pm
He has also published five poetry collections, most recently Crimson Crop (UWA Publishing, 2012).
He is the Editor of Australian Book Review.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
JUNE Poetry Night: Tuesday 10th JUNE at 7pm, plus Open Mic
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/
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/
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/
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/
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
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.
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.
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
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.
is the author of Night Birds. Her collection Vishvarūpa 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).
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
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.
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.
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/
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
has written books etc. they include Black River, Villain, me n me trumpet & The Mundiad (twice).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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|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|