On the second Tuesday of May, the Poetry Night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #59, with guest poets Dominic Symes, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Jason Gray and Alex McInnis, plus an open mic section. The event is in the bookshop’s courtyard cafe, with food and drinks available at the bar. Free entry, as ever!
DOMINIC SYMES lives and writes quietly on unceded Wurundjeri country. His poetry has appeared in Overland, Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal and Best of Australian Poems. He helps curate NO WAVE, a monthly poetry reading series, on unceded Kaurna country where he grew up. His first collection of poetry, I saw the best memes of my generation (2022), is published by Recent Work Press.
FREYA DALY SADGROVE is a Pākehā writer and performer from Aotearoa, currently living on Gadigal Country. She is in charge of live poetry event Show Ponies, which has been performing to sold-out crowds throughout Aotearoa and beyond since 2019. Her first poetry collection, Head Girl, was published in 2020 with Te Herenga Waka University Press. She just premiered her poetry-rock show Whole New Woman in NZ Fringe. It was nominated for lots of awards, and won ‘Best Words’.
JASON GRAY is the author of prize-winning book, HAUNT (THE KOOLIE) by Subbed In (2019), and the winner (2012) and judge (2018-2019) of Zine West Word. Published and read widely, including in Overland (2023), Liminal Mag’s Collisions (2020) and Griffith Review (2017). T: @jasongray I: @connectionrevolution
ALEX MCINNIS (she/her) is a writer living on Gadigal land, working with written forms to explore ideas of family, friendship, labour, time and stories that subvert accepted histories and futures. She has been shortlisted for the Overland Fair Australia Prize, and was awarded the NSW Institute of Journalists’ Prize for Literature in 2021. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Puncher & Wattmann in May 2023.
OPEN MIC sign-up is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue. Up to 10 readers can read for up to 2 mins each.
IMAGE: Ralph Balson, Construction in Green, oil on paperboard, 85.7 x 109.9 cm, 1942.