Pola Fanous (@polathepoet) is a young poet and performing artist from Western Sydney. An Egyptian-born immigrant, at age 20 Pola is a prominent figure in Sydney’s Slam scene, & has been featured at Parramatta Poetry Slam, Granville Poetry Slam, Bankstown Poetry Slam & at schools, rallies & conferences state-wide.
In 2016, Pola competed in the Poetry Olympics and spoke at the City of Sydney’s Youth Leadership Conference. In 2017, Pola was published in 'The Resurrection' Anthology and performed at the Digital Writers’ Festival, The Plot Music Festival, the BPS Grand Slam and the Parliament House of Australia. His poem Mr War (Palestine) was incorporated into Warren Armstrong and Susannah Williams’ multi-sensory artwork: ‘Listening Device VII: Felt Histories’, which went on to be awarded the 2017 Paramor Prize for Art & Innovation.
In 2018, Pola began writing for Honi Soit, performed at Sydney Writer’s Festival and made waves with his now-iconic ‘Westies’. Pola competed in the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam - National Final at Sydney Opera House and was appointed 2018 NSW Slam Champion! His debut collection of poetry, “STRONGSOFT”, was released in March 2019.