On the second Tuesday of October, the Poetry Night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #62, with guest poets Jeanine Leane, Jake Goetz, and more to be confirmed, plus the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas available at the bar. FREE entry, as ever. For the open mic, sign-up is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue. Up to 10 readers can read for up to 2 minutes each.
JEANINE LEANE is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness, literary critique and creative non-fiction, and has won numerous awards, including the David Unaipon Prize (2010), the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize (2017), and the Oodgeroo Noonucal Prize for Poetry (2017 and 2019). Jeanine was the 2019 recipient of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship for her project called Voicing the Unsettled Space: Rewriting the Colonial Mythscape. Jeanine teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne.
JAKE GOETZ has published two collections of poetry, meditations with passing water (Rabbit, 2018), and Unplanned Encounters: Poems 2015-2020 (Apothecary Archive). He is a DCA candidate at the Writing & Society Research Centre (WSU) and the Reviews Editor at Plumwood Mountain.
NICOLE SMEDE is a multi-disciplinary artist of Warrimay Birrbay, English and Irish descent, living and creating on Gummēya Darrawal & Wodi Wodi Country. She works with language reconnecting to ancestry and culture in song, sound and poetry. She is the Senior Manager, First Nations for Red Room Poetry. In her artistic practice, she has created meditations, songs, soundscapes and music for podcasts and plays and poetry. In 2023 Nicole is a participant in Ngarra-Burria First Peoples Composers program working with Ensemble Offspring and a mentee through both the APRA AMCOS Women in Music program and South Coast Writers Centre Emerging Writers program. https://nicolesmede.com
IMAGE: Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993), ‘Eagles at Bay, 1967’, 1990, lino print, image 28 x 36cm, sheet 35 x 50cm, Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Reg Richardson AM and Sally Richardson, 2015.