On the FIRST Tuesday of September, the Poetry Night at Sappho will host AVANT GAGA #55 with special guest poets/writers Quinn Eades, Kate Lilley, Francesca Rendle-Short, Em Size and Pooja Biswas, plus a short open mic section. FREE entry, and food and drinks can be ordered at the bar.
This event is held in conjunction with the University of Sydney and Quinn Eades’ and Francesca Rendle-Short’s visiting lectureship.
QUINN EADES is a researcher, writer, editor and poet whose work explores, expands, and plays with ways to write the body, where ‘writing’ is what we put on the page, but also performance, song, spoken word, dance, and visual art. His research expertise ranges across queer and trans theory, life writing, trauma theory, feminist literary and critical theory, and creative practice-based research methods. His publications include Rallying and all the beginnings, a queer autobiography of the body. He is a Senior Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality & Diversity Studies at La Trobe University. For full bio, see: https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/qeades
KATE LILLEY is a queer, Sydney-based poet-scholar. She is the author of 3 books of poetry: Versary (Salt 2002), winner of the Grace Leven Prize; Ladylike (UWAP 2012), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards; and Tilt (Vagabond 2018), winner of the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry.
FRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist. She is a writer and researcher interested in the affordances of language in/when writing the body, prepositional and queer thinking, ethical enquiry, the value of collaboration and community building, and trans-national literatures and literary practices. Her five books include two anthologies of Asia-Pacific and Australian writing The Near and the Far (Vol I and II; Scribe Publications) and the acclaimed novel-cum-memoir Bite Your Tongue. She is co-editor of the forthcoming A-Z of Creative Writing Methods (Bloomsbury). Francesca is Professor of Creative Writing in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.
EM SIZE is a writer and performer living on unceded Gadigal land. They’re currently writing an erotic novel and training to be a physical comedy jock.
POOJA MITTAL BISWAS is the author of nine books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, with her ninth book, a collection of poetry titled Hunger and Predation, forthcoming from Cordite Books in 2023. Pooja is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney.
OPEN MIC: To read a poem in open section, sign-up is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue. Readers can read for up to 2 minutes each, which is usually enough time for about one poem each.
IMAGE: Amy Sillman, SK8, 2017. © Amy Sillman.