Victoria Alondra - NT
Victoria is Mexican born, raised in Canada, and a resident of Australia by chance. Community worker in Central Australia by day; activist, truth seeker and part time artist by night. A student of life, always seeking to grow from the next (mis)adventure.
Victoria will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Jerzy Beaumont - ACT
Jerzy 'Brojay' Beaumont is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Writing at the University of Canberra. Originally adopting slam poetry to enhance his imagery in prose, he has instead fallen in love with the challenge and honest of the medium. His work often focuses upon mental health and identity – specifically, the challenges of living biracial.
Jerzy will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Vivi Baker - QLD
Vivi Baker is a fifteen-year-old student, currently finishing 10 grade who stumbled upon spoken word through her high school creative writing club and many late nights avoiding homework and watching slam poetry online. She is from the Gold Coast in Queensland and feels most at home at poetry slams or in the ocean. She would love to build a career around her love for poetry and performing, an occupation that is not so "sensible", but sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.
Vivi will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Jenny Campbell - QLD
Jenny Campbell is a writer, comedian, MC, singer/songwriter, nature photographer and spoken word artist who has performed all over the country. Her spoken word verges on the polemic addressing current and historic issues using mainly rhythm and rhyme. She is published in 7 poetry Anthologies and has won 5 slams, also performed as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2005 and 2006.
Jenny will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Andrew Drake - SA
Andrew Drake is a published poet, with the chapbook "Limerick Lovers" and is also a three time state finalist in poetry slams. Two of his poems have been tattooed on people and he once won a slam by eating his poem on stage. His motto is "Find beauty in the darkness".
Andrew will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Chip Douglas - TAS
Chip has been performing and composing poetry for around three years, mainly as a means of catharsis. He believes there are so many things in this world that can compound and sees poetry as an incredibly important device. Chip believes we can help ourselves but more importantly we can help others, and that it is important to get these things out of our heads.
Chip will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Chiara Gabrielli - SA
Chiara is a recent Flinders Drama Centre student. Chiara performed and toured with the Ruby Award winning State Theatre Company’s educational show ‘Gorgon’. She also worked with Sandpit’s ‘Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid’, and FireHazard’s interactive theatrical spy game ‘Undercover: Adelaide’. Most recently, Chiara was able to be a part of BackPorch’s inaugural production of ‘Schmidt’, and involved ActNow’s ‘Zero Feet Away’. This year, Chiara perfomed with Freerange Theatrix in ‘Gone Viral’ during the DreamBIG Children's Festival.
Chiara will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Jesse Oliver - WA
"Who likes feelings anyway?” Jesse Oliver does. This emerging trans slam poet also enjoys rapping Shakespeare, practicing his articulation and writing about social justice, aliens, and star-crossed love. Jesse likes to play with what he calls 'phonetic aesthetics' to break the fourth wall and deliver a casual, colloquial style of slam.
Jesse will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Matilda Pohlmann - ACT
Matilda found writing a witty bio too difficult, so she asked mum to do it: “Matilda, Tilly, Tilda, Matty or just plain T, doesn’t make any difference to me. My precious second daughter who arrived a little early. Passion for arts and crafts from the beginning. She can speak, dance and sing. She can draw, paint, cook, sew and clean. I believe she can do anything. She has a big heart and cares for her family, friends, animals and the world we live in. She really is quite awesome *heart emojis*”
Matilda will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Kai Schweizer - WA
Kai Schweizer is a suicide intervention and crisis management specialist, peer mental health worker, educator, and LGBTIQ+ advocate. He uses his lived experience of homelessness, transience, domestic violence and mental health issues as a gender diverse person to inform his work. He is also a published writer, and three-time Perth Poetry Slam champion.
Kai will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - Nation Final.
Anna Stewart - TAS
Anna first came across slam poetry two years ago. She’s been playing with words for as long as she can remember through songwriting, but poetry slams opened up a whole new world for her. It has enabled her to express herself and what she believes, and has helped her work through some really hard times. Anna believes that spoken word has the power to challenge people's outlook on life in a way nothing else can.
Sharifa A Tartoussi - VIC
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dental student, poet and performer. Equal parts worrier, warrior and all round human, when she is not squinting at teeth or hitting the books, she writes and sometimes, she works up the courage to perform.
Janice Williams - VIC
Janice is a retired optometrist, living near the Grampians, VIC, with her husband and chief supporter, John. She writes poetry and short fiction, is President of Grampians Writers Group, and voraciously enters literary competitions. Recently she self-published an anthology, ‘Stir of Wings’, raising money for clean water projects overseas.
Janice will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.
Daniel J Townsend - NT
Daniel was born on a tiny island on the edge of the world. Poet, folk musician and dilettante historian, he has been singing stories ever since. Townsend now lives and creates in Darwin, and his latest album, World Until Yesterday, is a collection of stories deeply rooted in the Tasmanian experience. Townsend gained international attention with his 2014 album Iscariot, a collection of stories circling the life of the infamous twelfth apostle, replete with stolen ancient melodies and bastardised folk song lyrics.
Daniel will be appearing at the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.