On the second Tuesday of July, The Poetry Night at Sappho will feature guest poets Greg McLaren, Stephanie Niu, Benjamin Dodds and one more TBC, plus the return of the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas available at the bar. FREE entry.
GREG MCLAREN is a poet, general annoyance and teacher who lives on Darug Country in the Blue Mountains. He grew up in the NSW Hunter Valley, where his most recent book, the verse novel, camping underground, is set. His previous books include The Kurri Kurri Book of the Dead, Australian ravens and Windfall, all with Puncher & Wattmann. A book of sonnets is vaguely forthcoming and he is currently piecing together a New and Selected Poems.
LOUISE CARTER’s poetry has appeared in Meanjin, Best Australian Poems, Westerly, Cordite and other publications. Her poem ‘Hot Clouds’ was Highly Commended in the 2018 Judith Wright Poetry Prize and in 2020 her poem ‘History of Sadness’ was Highly Commended in the Blake Poetry Prize. Louise’s debut collection Golden Repair is forthcoming with Giramondo Publishing in August 2023.
STEPHANIE NIU is a Chinese-American poet from New York City. She is the author of Survived By, winner of the 2023 Host Publications Chapbook Prize, and She Has Dreamt Again of Water, winner of the 2021 Diode Chapbook Contest. She is currently in Australia completing a Fulbright scholarship on immigration and labor history on Christmas Island.
BENJAMIN DODDS is a Sydney-based poet who grew up in the NSW Riverina. His current collection is Airplane Baby Banana Blanket (Recent Work Press, 2020) which was a finalist in both the 2021 Judith Wright Calanthe and 2022 Poetry Book Awards. He was a judge of the 2023 Val Vallis Awards. Benjamin is a proud public school teacher.
To read a poem in the open section, sign-up is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue. Up to 10 readers can read for up to 2 mins each. That’s about one poem each.
Robert Klippel, not titled [multicoloured collage], 1960.