Miles Merrill - Creative Director
Originally from Chicago (birthplace of slams), Miles is a writer, performer, facilitator and event coordinator who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and, occasionally, political confrontation. Miles introduced poetry slam to Australia, co-wrote and co-directed Slamming for the Sydney Festival and performed with UK DJ Billy Bizniz at the Sydney Opera House. Internationally, Merrill has performed in Krakow’s Audio Art Festival, and writers festivals in Bali, Beijing, Vancouver and Calgary. He’s the ideas and meetings person.
Sarah Fallon - Arts Administrator
Sarah Fallon is a writer and storyteller of the non-speaking variety. Her short stories and articles have been published in Overland, Writing Queensland and SQ Mag, among other places. She is passionate about literature and the arts in all its forms and looks forward to contributing to the Word Travels team.
Emily Crocker - Education Officer
Emily Crocker is a poet and student from south-west Sydney. She has since found a home in the Wollongong spoken word community, and has performedwith Wollongong Writer's Festival and at The Vault Cabaret. Her work can be found in various Australian journals including Southerly, Verity La, Cordite, Seizure and Voiceworks. Her poem Swarm was shortlisted in the 2015 Judith Wright Prize.
Laavanyah Udayachandran - Events and Marketing Assitant
Laavanyah Udayachandran is currently studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Events Management at Torrens University. She’s worked with VMware Vfourm, Taste of Sydney and ran a charity event for White ribbon raising $7,000. She assists with marketing and logistics at Word Travels. Currently reading Lion and loves to paint.
Najat Ibrahim - Event Assistant
Najat is an aspiring event manager eager to meet diverse individuals and absorb different experiences. Aside from her love for adventures and creating memories, she loves to read and watch all notions of creative arts. Her favourite authors are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Rumi