The first Poetry Night at Sappho for 2023 in February was washed out, so we’ve rescheduled it for April! AVANT GAGA #58 will be a Sydney launch for the anthology ‘Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New & Emerging Poets 2007-2020’ (edited by Toby Fitch) and the launch will feature a couple of poets from the book, Dan Hogan and Lou Garcia-Dolnik, plus two poets who were part of this year’s winners of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, Yeena Kirkbright and Chris Brown. Entry is FREE, as ever. Drinks and tapas at the bar. And there will be an open mic section to close the event. The Groundswell anthology will be available at the event at a special discounted price.
DAN HOGAN (they/them) is a writer from San Remo (Awabakal and Worimi Country). They currently live and work on Dharug and Gadigal Country (Sydney). Dan’s debut poetry collection A Secret Third Thing is forthcoming from Cordite in 2023. More of Dan’s work can be found at: www.2dan2hogan.com
LOU GARCIA-DOLNIK is a poet of Ilocano descent living and working on sovereign Gadigal land. Their work has been awarded Second Prize in Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets University Prize from the University of Texas at Austin, and has been shortlisted in the Blake Poetry Prize, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the LIMINAL and Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize.
YEENA KIRKBRIGHT is a Wiradjuri poet who grew up in Central West New South Wales. She is now blessed to live and work on Dharug and Gadigal lands in Sydney. She has been a recipient of Sweatshop’s All About Women of Colour emerging writers mentorship program for women and non-binary First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse writers, and a runner-up in the Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature. Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals.
CHRIS BROWN lives in Bega where he works as an English teacher. His collection, hotel universo, was published in 2020 with Puncher & Wattmann and shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award. He edits the annual Slow Loris poetry series.
Sign up for the open section is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue. 10 readers will read for up to 2 minutes each.