π.O. is a legendary figure in the Australian poetry scene, born and bred in Fitzroy, the great chronicler of Melbourne and its culture and migrations, a highly disciplined anarchist who worked as a draughtsman for forty years to support his art.
He is currently editor of the experimental magazine Unusual Work. He is a pioneer of performance poetry in Australia and the author of many collections, including Panash, Fitzroy Poems, Big Numbers: New and Selected Poems, and the two epic works 24 Hours and Fitzroy: The Biography. His book Heide with Giramondo won the Judith Wright Calanthe Award in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry in the same year.
Solid Air: Australian Spoken Word Poetry
Anne-Marie Te Whiu, David Stavanger, PiO, Laniyuk, Emilie Zoey Baker, Joelistics, Fury, Eco!Slam 2019 Winners