Yaakov Aharon - Glebe
Yaakov is a rebellious writer whose life is full of silly contradictions. He began writing because it was a cheaper hobby than psychotherapy. In his nightmares he's attacked by big-footed clowns wielding jars of Valium and accountants holding mortgage papers.
Ryan Bartlett - Rockdale
Ever since Marge wrote a romance novel on an episode of The Simpsons, Ryan Bartlett knew he would one day like to become a writer. Eleven years later, he is still unpublished. Drawing upon personal experience, poetry, for Ryan, is a coping mechanism that comes as naturally to him as avoidance and procrastination. His work has received critical acclaim from the likes of his mum and grandparents.
DA Carter - Double Bay
D.A. Carter is a musician, spoken word artist & street performer from Sydney.
D.A. has toured 13 countries on 4 continents performing his unique blend of looped vocals, beatbox, spoken word and improv at festivals, and on streets & stages - from Burning Man in the Nevada Desert to a squat in Berlin, and a moving train carriage. D.A. performs his poetic & sonic smorgasbord solo and with his band Spectacles.
Chris Fung - Canada Bay
Chris is here because he found some words. They snuck into his ear while he was sleeping one night and grew.
Chris didn’t know why but he found himself wanting to do things he never had before.
Like laughing loudly, or singing silly songs, or going to poetry slams.
Josephine Hay - Parramatta
Josephine Hayden is an 18-year-old university student from Sydney. She spends her days browsing the internet, listening to silly love songs and going on Kmart dates. Josephine started writing poetry at 15 and found the perfect outlet for all her struggles, thoughts, her happy and her sad moments.
Gabe Jones - Glebe
Gabrielle Journey Jones has been passionate about using spoken word performance poetry and drumming to raise social issues for over 20 years. In 2015, she entered her first poetry slam event and LOVED it! Creativity as social, political and personal action is the cornerstone of Gabrielle’s work. Contact www.creativewomyn.net
Belinda Lopez - Rockdale
Belinda Lopez was born with her umbilical cord strangling her. She survived. Her life has since continued as a series of close calls and lucky breaks. After travelling, working and/or studying in Asia, South America and Europe, she’s returned home once again, permanently... ish. Twitter @belle_lopez.
Jay May - Canada Bay
Jay May is a 19-year-old uni student who has always loved the taste of words and has more recently discovered she is addicted to the sensation of sharing them. She has found slam poetry, in particular, to be one of the most intimate, beautiful and powerful ways to exchange stories.
Marie McMillan - Double Bay
A finalist in NSW Poetry Slams in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Bankstown Poetry Olympics 2015, Marie has given readings of her work at the Woollahra, Newcastle and Sydney Writers' Festivals, libraries, clubs and art galleries. Several of her poems and short stories have won minor competitions and/or been published.
Aaron Mears - Double Bay
Aaron has spent the last decade traveling, nursing, teaching English and growing half-hearted artichokes. Despite this, he gets most of his poetic influences binge watching Youtube videos in a damp share house. He once tried to crack the OzHipHop scene but they said he wasn’t angry enough.
Alice Tame - Canada Bay
Alice Tame is a 19 year old human who started on stages doing comedic original music and stand up comedy. When she realised her best material wasn't all that funny, she started reading people her poetry. Now she's written a book and someone thought it was a good idea to let her speak in front of people.
She's currently a uni student, musician and a performing spoken word poet, as well as a teacher of small children, was given the opportunity to perform at Sydney Writers Festival 2016, the Bankstown Poetry Olympics 2015.
Shalice Tiata - Parramatta
Shalice is an 18 year old still finding her way in the world. She's in a gap year as she is indecisive as of what she wants to study. Although, what she does know is that her heart is with the arts. Major cat/dog lover, too. Also could live off El Jannah and avocados. If not that, pieces of pineapple on pizza. Is sure that Suge Knight killed Pac. Just wants peace.
Max Groszewski- Glebe
Max is a fluid mover. He speaks from the heart and acts in love. A visual creator and free flowing poet, he has the power to manifest truth, humour, connectivity and wit through the use of mouth noises. He has delved deep into the darkness to find light is boundless.