Eunice Andrada is a poet, journalist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN and other media, her poetry has also been performed in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. Her first collection of poetry is forthcoming.
Sunil Badami is a writer, performer and broadcaster. He has written for some of Australia’s best known and most prestigious publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Monthly, The Guardian, SBS Online, Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Westerly and more. His work has been anthologised around the world, including in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays and Goldfish: The Best Writing of the Past Five Years and his radio documentary Riddle. Mystery. Enigma was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Marulić in 2016.
The last Grand Champion of the long running quiz show Temptation, he continues to appear regularly on ABC Radio and TV. He lives in Sydney with his wife and young daughters.
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Jesse John Brand is the 2013/2014 Australian Poetry Slam National Champion, an award-winning writer, and musician. He has performed his poetry and music internationally at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Bookworm Literary Festival, the JUE Music and Art Festival, The Byron Bay Writers Festival, and at the Sydney Opera House. Through satire, poetics and experimental form, his work explores themes of modern dystopia, history, war, science, religion and mythology. He once glued a pile of old rags to his face and fooled people into believing he was Kirsten Dunst.
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After studying journalism and philosophy - and being sufficiently confused about life - Gavin began his career in advertising in 2008.
Since then, he's written poems for television commercials, created a short film, designed a pop-up store in New York and developed a range of products made from air pollution.
His ideas have been recognised by international award shows and he's been lucky enough to work at some great agencies including Droga5 and M&C Saatchi.
When he's not doing ad stuff, you might find him frolicking in the ocean or supporting the dying art of DVD renting.
Gavin is currently a senior copywriter at Marcel, Sydney.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. Burning Rice (Australian Poetry, 2012) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, Australian Arts in Asia Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her other books are Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) and Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016). http://redroomcompany.org/poet/eileen-chong/
Emily Crocker is a poet/student derived from south-west Sydney. She has since found a home in the Wollongong spoken-word community, including performances with Wollongong Writer's Festival and at The Vault Cabaret, Port Kembla. Her work can be found in various Australia journals including Southerly, Verity La, Cordite, Seizure and Voiceworks. Her poem 'Swarm' was shortlisted in the 2015 Judith Wright Prize. She also writes in conjunction with art exhibitions, such as the upcoming group show 'Meanwhile' at M2. @EmMCrocker
Sabrina is a performer and theatre-maker with a Bachelor of Acting (Theatre Nepean) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Puppetry (Victorian College of the Arts). She creates strange shows that mash together physical comedy, mime, puppetry and music in a heady cocktail of wonder and stupidity. She has been described as 'Kate Bush meets Mr. Bean', and is often seen playing with a bumbag. Recent credits include: Me and You (Melbourne Fringe 2016), Why Do I Dream? (Winner - Best Comedy, NZ Fringe 2014), Zen the Pigeon Girl (Rock Surfers Theatre Co.), 69S (Phantom Limb Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC) and Amanda Palmer (Sydney Festival). Sabrina has been the recipient of the Australia Council's ArtStart and JUMP Mentorship grants. In 2017 she will be an artist in residence as part of the Belvoir Artist Workshop. By day, Sabrina works as a Clown Doctor in children's hospitals across Sydney.
Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer, producer and director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. She has released four audio recordings, six artist books of poetry, an award-winning videopoem and in 2013 received the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Recent work includes guest editing Arc Poetry Magazine (Fall 2015) and publication in A Room of One's Own, Arc, WSQ Feminist Press, Oratorealis, Cordite, Litlive, WomanSpeak, Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015) and Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013). Spoken word performance highlights include Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, Blue Met, Words Aloud, When Sisters Speak, Bowery Poetry Club, Verses, CBC and Canadian SLAM stages.
A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish since 2002, she presents Sufi whirling internationally with groups Niyaz (Iran-US), Mercan Dede (Turkey), Rumi Canada and Vancouver Rumi Society. She is currently on tour in support of her latest recording ZENSHIP.
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Tanya Evanson is supported by The Consulate General of Canada and The Canada Council.
Belinda Lopez is a writer, performer and radio producer with the ABC's Creative Audio Unit at Radio National. Her audio pieces have been awarded prizes by the New York Festivals and the UN. Her poetry, stories, essays and documentaries have been published, played and performed in/on/at/by Overland, Mascara Literary Review, Kill Your Darlings, ABC Radio National, the Guardian, the Sydney Writers Festival and other places. Her poems featured in Urbi et Orbi, a multilingual anthology tracing the journeys of four poets through different cities of the world, published by Les Éditions du Zaporogue. Twitter @belle_lopez.
Sara Mansour is the co founder and artistic director of Bankstown Poetry Slam, the largest regular slam in the country. She has featured in Melbourne and Sydney slams and internationally in Auckland. For over four years, she has been using her voice to explore personal topical issues in a meaningful way and is currently working on a project that is delivering spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognized earlier this year at the Out There Summit 2016 where she was awarded the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 by PM Turnbull for BPS' contributions to the Western Sydney community.
Born in Chicago, now living in Sydney. For seventeen years Miles Merrill has been the driving force behind spoken-word and performance poetry in Australia. He has toured with Saul Williams, jammed with Shane Koyczan, hosted an ABC TV Special - Australian Poetry Slam 08', wrote and co-directed a show in Sydney Festival, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House and created the spoken-word festivals – Night Words and Word Travels Festival. Merrill is founder of the national performing writers' program: Australian Poetry Slam
Internationally, Merrill has performed in such places as Krakow’s Audio Art Festival, at writer’s festivals in Ubud, Vancouver, Calgary, Beijing and regional China and at Australian festivals in: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Darwin and Adelaide.
He tours to: music festivals, theatres, galleries, schools and classy joints everywhere - anywhere his words will travel.
Merrill is as much a facilitator and organiser of events and workshops as he is an outstanding writer and performer. He is the Creative Director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels and has created literary and literacy programs for a variety of public and private organisations.
Kate Montague is the founder of Audiocraft, a community for Australian radiomakers and podcasters. Her radio work has featured on ABC RN's Pocketdocs, Earshot and Long Story Short programs, NPR's Snap Judgement, FBi Radio's All the Best, and online publications such as Narratively. She is a Supervising Producer for All the Best, and teaches radio production at Macquarie University. Kate is currently doing a creative practice PhD researching personal storytelling in radio documentaries and podcasts.
Originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Archana moved to Australia at the age of 9. She developed a passion for writing young and went from school into a communications degree where she found copywriting as a career. She's worked at a mix of Australia's larger advertising agencies (like JWT, DDB and Havas) and more independent hot shops (like Us, Bashful and now The Monkeys). Over the years she's worked on clients like Nike, Jack Daniel's and Telstra but the work she's most proud of to date is a piece she developed for Sculpture by the Sea in 2013
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Lorin Elizabeth is a spoken word poet from Wollongong who co-founded and co-hosts the Enough Said poetry slam and is celebrating the release of her first EP, Poems.
Lorin is passionate about programming, planning and lists. Last year, she lived in Brooklyn, NY and recently arrived home after her Finding Crossroads USA poetry tour with Rachel Calleja.
Timothy Parish is a writer, director and artist who works across documentary, narrative filmmaking and theatre. He is theco-director of THE WORD: RISE OF THE SLAM POETS for ABC iView showcasing a new generation of spoken word slam poets from across Australia. He is the founder of the environmental documentary festival Transitions Film Festival, video poetry website SlamTV.org and independent production company Undergrowth Productions.
Parish's diverse body of work can be seen at VERB STUDIOS website http://verbstudios.com.au
Italian born, Sydney based producer Ribongia makes music to make you move. Having released his jaw-dropping EP It Began, gained support from tastemakers (Skrillex’s NestHQ, Nina Las Vegas, Indian Summer, Sinden, KLP and Do Androids Dance) and airplay across the country on every radio station worth its salt, it’s safe to say Ribongia made quite the splash last year.
Whilst Ribongia managed to translate his unique take on worldly electronic music into earworms and airplay in 2015, 2016 sees him encapsulating and refining his Afro-leaning style and sound. “Journeys” -the first single lifted from the upcoming ESCAPISMS EP is the perfect re-introduction to Ribongia; a beautiful piece of safari inspired electronica.
An Australian based Thought Leader, emerging Spoken Word Artist and a Performer of Indigenous South Pacific Ancestry. Her unique stride of story telling uses words as a quintessential vehicle to awaken the unconscious mind by delivering intuitive, integral and reparative performances relevant to all walks of life.
Troy Wong is an English teacher by day, a spoken word poet by night, and an Australian Poetry Slam national finalist forever. When he isn't poeting or covered in children, he likes to take pictures of fruit.
Philip Wilcox, is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. Philip hosts and co-organises Three Poets Speak – a Sydney showcase of the finest spoken word artists from around Australia. He has featured in major events like Sydney Writers' Festival, Wollongong Writers' Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8,000. He recently headlined the Melbourne event Voices in the Attic and represented NSW against Victoria in an interstate exhibition slam.
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John Maddox is a well-known eccentric Bass player. He plays mostly Acoustic Bass Guitars, and has played for 16 years with all sorts of music and musicians.
He can be a one man show or play in groups, with his chordal bass playing and kazoo. He has regular gigs in Glebe, Sydney, NSW, Mr Falcon's Monday nights (7:30pm-10:30pm), Sappho Books Thursday nights (7pm-9pm) as well as other gigs with bands.
Facebook: The John Maddox Duo
Youtube Channel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Snail is a blue mountains born trio of Vanessa Caspersz, Gaia Scarf and Maizy Coombes. Mixing three part harmonies over guitar, ukulele and violin strings makes for a “barbergrass” sound – a mix of bluegrass and barbershop, with a hip-hop cherry on the top! Snail has performed at Newtown Festival, 505, Oxford Art Factory and most recently at the Blue Mountains Music Festival. These ladies pack a hell of a lot of giggles, storytelling and giddy excitement into their sets. Snail is steadily charming their audiences, and slowly winning the hearts of the Sydney music scene.