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Talking Stick - with Australian Poetry Slam Champion

  • Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 East 3rd Street New York, NY, 10009 United States (map)

Two Australian wordsmiths play a game of catch; tipping the mic-stand back and forth, unravelling an explosive round robin of stories, poems, beats and lyrics.

Visit a remote Indigenous community, catching a glimmer of an endangered language. Hook up with hip Sydney nightingales who down poppy-wash to keep the shakes away. Understand how hard it is to run from your past. Wrestle with the question - How do I tell my child she can be hated for being born brown?

All this and laughter too?!

Featuring: Australian Poetry Slam Champion Melanie Mununggurr-Williams and Founder of Australia's poetry slam movement, Miles Merrill.

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. She is a Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolnu-Matha. Her first poetry book will be published by Penguin in 2020. You can watch her Sydney Opera House performances on the Australian Poetry Slam Facebook page

Performing writer, Miles Merrill brought poetry slams to Australia from Chicago. He is the spark for dozens of spoken word programs across the Asia-Pacific region. He publishes award-winning poetry in print, audio and video but he is best experienced live.

Melanie and Miles are touring North America including Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Metropolis bleu / Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Chicago events.


Supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW

Earlier Event: February 6
Senior Slam 2019 - Lithgow
Later Event: May 29
A Literary Evening