On the second Tuesday of November, the Poetry Night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #56, with guest poets Alison Whittaker, Elena Gomez, Emily Stewart, Aden Rolfe and Dženana Vucic, plus the usual open mic section. Food and drinks are available at the bar, and as ever, entry is FREE! Sign-up for the open section is from 6:45pm on the night.
ALISON WHITTAKER is a Gomeroi poet and academic. She is the author of poetry collections Lemons in the Chicken Wire and Blakwork.
ELENA GOMEZ lives in Melbourne. She is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt, Body of Work, and several pamphlets and chapbooks.
EMILY STEWART is an editor and writer based on unceded Wangal country in Sydney. Her recent poetry collection Running time (2022) was awarded the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Award and she is the author of Knocks (2016) plus several chapbooks and pamphlets including The Internet Blue (First Draft) and Australia’s Largest DIY (SOd Press). She recently submitted a Doctorate in Creative Arts where she researched the long arc of feminist walking practices from the romantic period into the present day.
ADEN ROLFE is a Sydney-based writer. His debut collection of poetry and essay, False Nostalgia, received the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award.
DZENANA VUCIC is a Bosnian-Australian writer, poet and critic. She has received the 2022 Marten Bequest, the 2022 Peter Blazey Fellowship, and the 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship to work on an autotheoretical book about her experience as a refugee, the Bosnian war, identity, memory and un/belonging. Her writing has appeared in Sydney Review of Books, Cordite, Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Australian Poetry Journal, the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Rabbit, and others.
To sign-up for the open section, please arrive early from 6:45pm. 10 readers will read for up to 2 minutes each.
Ralph Balson, ‘Painting No. 13’, 1941, oil on cardboard.