Poetry is at its best when it’s challenging: namely, when it’s challenging our expectations, the limits of the form, or a social boundary or taboo. And never is a challenge more keenly felt than through the voice: when performed aloud, poetry cuts deep, using words to reach wordless parts of us.
At this event – part performance, part discussion – we’ll hear from contemporary, local poets with new ideas about the possibilities of poetry. How does collaborative poetry work, in writing and in performance? Where does poetry intersect with other artforms? And how might technology enhance our experience of the artform?
See, hear and experience boundary-pushing poetry from the people who write it at a very special night at the Toff in Town.
Presented in partnership with Girls on Key and The Toff in Town.
Michelle Alina Dabrowski, also known as MC_Fembot, is a Melbourne based, Polish/Canadian artist-activist, writer, speaker, arts educator, producer and vocalist. With over ten years under her belt as an Artist working in communities, her work is a soulful blend of dance, rap, ritual, spoken word poetry and song.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian spoken word artist who performs live frequently all over Melbourne. In 2016, Kylie was a winner of the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by.
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian performer and filmmaker who experiences life as Play School: The Glitch Opera. By day she creates rich media content for the Australian Government and by night, she devises multimedia performances exploring concepts like cultural confusion and technology as a life-force.
Anna Forsyth is a poet and editor and the founder and convenor of Girls on Key, a feminist poetry event. Originally from New Zealand and now making her home in Melbourne's inner west, Anna's poems and fiction have appeared in FourW, Landfall and Poetry NZ, among other journals. In her copious spare time, she moonlights as indie musician Grace Pageant.
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