On the second Tuesday of July, the Poetry Night at Sappho will be AVANT GAGA #53, with guest poets Laurie Duggan, Yeena Kirkbright, Jake Goetz and Grace Dulawan, plus an open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. FREE entry. Sign for open mic is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue.
LAURIE DUGGAN was born in Melbourne and was involved in the poetry worlds of that city and Sydney through the 1970s and 80s. In 2006 he moved to England, living in Faversham, Kent until 2018 when he returned to Sydney. His most recent books are Homer Street (Giramondo 2020), Selected Poems 1971-2017 (Shearsman 2018), No Particular Place To Go (Shearsman 2017).
YEENA KIRKBRIGHT is a Wiradjuri poet who grew up in Central West New South Wales. She is now blessed to live and work on Dharug and Gadigal lands in Sydney. Her work has appeared in several literary journals. Her poem The Grief Tourist was awarded runner-up in Overland’s 2021 Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature. Recently, she was the recipient of Sweatshop’s All About Women of Colour emerging writers mentorship program for women and non-binary First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers.
JAKE GOETZ’s first book of poetry, meditations with passing water (Rabbit, 2018), was shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Award in 2019. His second collection, Unplanned Encounters (Poems 2014-2020), is forthcoming with Apothecary Archive in 2022/23. He is a DCA candidate in Writing at WSU and is the Reviews Editor at Plumwood Mountain.
GRACE UGAMAY DULAWAN is a writer of Ifugao and Ilocano descent living and working on unceded Gadigal land.
OPEN MIC occurs after the guest poets and poets will have 2 minutes each. Sign up is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue.
IMAGE: Kate Shaw, ‘The Frogs – 1971 Point Piper’, 120cm x 270cm, acrylic and resin on board, 2018.