The final Poetry Night at Sappho of 2022 is AVANT GAGA #57, and will play host to poets featured in Admissions: Live Experience Anthology (Upswell Publishing 2022) — David Stavanger, Holly Isemonger, Rozanna Lilley and Wart. The event is from 7pm, tapas and drinks will be available at the bar, and, as ever, entry is FREE. After the guest poets, an open mic section will occur. Sign-up for open mic is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue.
DAVID STAVANGER is a poet, cultural producer, editor and former psychologist living on unceded Dharawal land. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David is the co-editor of SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019) and his latest collection Case Notes (UWAP, 2020) won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.
HOLLY ISEMONGER was the joint winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and her work has appeared in journals such as Cordite, Overland and Westerly. She is the author of the chapbooks Hip Shifts(If A Leaf Falls Press) and Deluxe Paperweight(Stale Objects dePress). She can be found at @Hisemonger on Twitter.
ROZANNA LILLEY is an author and academic. Her essays and poems have been widely published, most notably Best Australian Essays (2013 and 2014) and in Best Australian Poems 2015. Her hybrid prose-poetry memoir ‘Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life’ (UWA Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the National Biography Award in 2019. In 2022, Rozanna was shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship. Her first poetry chapbook, ‘The Lady in the Bottle’ (London: Eyewear), which revisits the 1960s TV series I Dream of Jeannie, is currently in press. More details can be found at her author website: https://rozannalilley.com.au
BROOKE SCOBIE is a queer Goorie single mum, poet, writer, podcaster and community worker living on Darkinjung land. Her writing is a love letter to Country and to people who’ve been systematically excluded. She’s been published across this continent and was awarded second place in the 2020 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.
WART is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works on Gadigal land. Since the early 80s her work has encompassed painting, drawing, performance, sound, written and spoken word. Wart’s wordwork and artwork have been collected in her recent book Past Wents, out now with Apothecary Archive. More of her work can be found here: https://wart-the-website.com/
Readers in the open section can read for up to 2 minutes each. Sign-up is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue.