POETRY NIGHTS AT SAPPHO
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.
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Poetry Readings & Open Mic for 2013
Hosted by Sydney Poet Toby Fitch
Avant Gaga #8: Tuesday 10th December. Last Poetry Night of the Year!RUARK LEWIS
language & conceptual artist, performer. In 2012-2013 holds 2 survey exhibitions in Sydney representing 30 years of installations, paintings, drawings, sound and video-for-performance. 2009-2013 researches Yolngu poetics in N.E.Arnhem Land with artist and performer Barayuwa Mununggurr, resulting in works called “Transcription for The Perfect House” and “Gadawulkwulk Means Shelter”. Completes public art (language) commission called “Residence” for Randwick City Council at Alison Road Park in 2012. Major installation and performance called “In My Empty House” opens at St Paul Street Gallery, University of Technology in Auckland in late 2010. Performance texts & photographs “Aenimates” is published in international literary magazine VLAK No.3. Currently completing a major monograph “Thoughtlines 1982-2013” to be launched in early 2014. http://ruarklewis.com/
Michael Farrell is from Bombala, NSW, now known as platypus country. He has written a PhD on the theme of unsettlement poetics. His books include 'thempark', 'a raiders guide', 'BREAK ME OUCH' and most recently 'open sesame' (Giramondo 2012) which was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Awards. http://cordite.org.au/author/limecha/
Amy Ireland is currently writing a Creative Writing PhD on philosophical realism, noise and the avant-garde at the University of New South Wales, where she also teaches creative writing and co-convenes Aesthetics After Finitude, a research group interested in speculative aesthetics. Amy has contributed many a rogue publication to the Sydney zine scene, some of which can be found in the National Library of Australia, and is currently engaged in the mass-manufacture of experimental poems that you can throw. http://aestheticsafterfinitude.blogspot.com.au/
Sam Moginie's poems have appeared in Cordite and Otoliths. He rents in Lewisham. He writes reviews and criticism and is currently working on a PhD thesis about Australian poetry in the 1970s. http://the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/sam-moginie.html
Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau received her PhD from UNSW in August this year. Her work, both critical and creative, has appeared in Southerly, Cordite, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Night Road (Newcastle Poetry Prize judges’ anthology 2009) and Computer Music Journal. Current projects include the P[a]ra[pra]xis iPad app, developed in collaboration with Mark Havryliv, a series of poems based on Derrida’s ‘Archive Fever’, and getting a real job. See recent work at: http://www.youtube.com/user/joshdubrau or download and play with the free iPad app P[a]ra[pra]xis at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/p-a-ra-pra-xis/id639363183?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Tuesday 12th November at 7pm, plus Open Mic
Jennifer Maiden has published 19 books, 17 poetry collections and two novels. She has won many awards, including the Kenneth Slessor three times, the Age Poetry Book of the Year twice, the overall Age Book of the Year, the Christopher Brennan and the C.J. Dennis. Her most recent collection, 'Liquid Nitrogen', published by Giramondo last year, was shortlisted for the international Griffin Poetry Prize, the Australian Prime Minister's Awards and the Judith Wright Callanthe prize. She has a chapbook, 'The Violence of Waiting', forthcoming from the Vagabond Rare Objects Series in December of this year.
Bonny Cassidy is a Melbourne poet, critic and teacher. Her first full-length collection, 'Certain Fathoms' (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012) was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Book Awards, and she has a second book forthcoming in early 2014 published by Giramondo.
Derek Motion lives with his family in the Western Riverina region of NSW, where he works as an Arts Development Officer. He has been writing poetry for a while, and hopes to continue this pastime indefinitely. He was previously director of The Booranga Writers' Centre, and has edited their anthology fourW twice. Published his collection 'lollyology' in 2012. He has guest-edited the forthcoming edition of Cordite.
Tim Grey is a writer, journalist and photographer from Melbourne. His poems have appeared in Southerly, Mascara, Rabbit and the forthcoming Best Australian Poems 2013.
Tuesday 8th October at 7pm, plus Open Mic
Luke Beesley is a poet, artist and musician who was born in Brisbane, and lives in Melbourne. His latest collection of poems, 'New Works on Paper', has just been published by Giramondo. His previous books are 'Lemon Shark' (2006), which was highly commended for the Ann Elder Award, and 'Balance' (2012), which was based on an Asialink residency in India. He is the singer-songwriter for the band, New Archer. Their debut EP is 'Bees Nudge the Mouth of a Feathered Rose' (2013).
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and has had work published all over the world and has read at many festivals including the Sydney Writer's Festival, the Sydney Poetry Festival, the Shoalhaven Poetry Festival, the Genoa Poetry Festival, Sarajevo Poetry Days, Overload Poetry Festival, the Queensland Poetry Festival and the WA Poetry Festival. She is also a keen open miker and has been known to slam. Very, very gently. Her book 'Barefoot' (Picaro Press) was shortlisted for the John Bray Award at the Adelaide Festival in 2012 and 'This City' won the Kathleen Grattan Award in NZ and was published by Otago University Press in 2011.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore. Her first book 'Burning Rice' was published in the New Voices Series 2012 by Australian Poetry. It was highly commended in the Anne Elder Award 2012, the Australian Arts in Asia Awards 2013 and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Prize in poetry in 2013.
Tuesday 10th September, 7pm: Victorian Extravaganza!
Pete Spence is a poet, visual poet, mail artist, and filmmaker, and has worked in various jobs to cover the ongoing deficit. He lives in Kyneton and is currently retired from work, but not from any of the above. He edits ETZ. His books include 'Grasp' and ',!', both from the C'EST MON DADA Visual Poetry series (Redfox Press), while his latest books of poems include the chapbook 'Excurses' (Picaro Press 2012) and 'Perrier Fever' (Grand Parade Poets 2011). Pete Spence, 1946-2046. Continues to learn to write.
Cameron Lowe’s poetry collections are the chapbook 'Throwing Stones at the Sun' (2005) and 'Porch Music' (2010), both published by Whitmore Press—a third collection, 'Circle Work', is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann in late-2013. He is currently completing a PhD at The University of Melbourne. He lives in Geelong.
Jo Langdon is the author of a chapbook of poems, 'Snowline', published by Whitmore Press in 2012. She is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University, Geelong, where she teaches in literary studies and professional and creative writing.
Open mic takes place after the guest poets and after much of the alcohol has been imbibed. 2 minutes each, maximum. Get in early at the beginning of the night to sign up for a spot.
Hope to see you there!!
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
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|
David brooks 12th April 2011.