Melbourne Spoken Word presents US slam poet, “Good Ghost” Bill Moran, at The Provincial Hotel, supported by performances by local Melbourne poets Kylie Supski, Declan Furber Gillick and Victoria Sapoznikoff, and Sydney writer Oliver Mol.
$15 waged, $10 unwaged. Book tickets to avoid missing out. Or get them on the door if you like taking risks. Doors open 7pm.
Bill Moran will also conduct a workshop the following day using his extensive experience with performance and writing to teach poets all all levels writing poetry for performance. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726455384139076/
BILL MORAN is a first-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University. He was a proud member of the 2011-2013 Austin Poetry Slam national teams, as well as the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion and 2013 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. He has co-directed the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, performed and taught poetry internationally, and served as president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry organization in Brazos County, Texas. His work has been published twice by Button Poetry, and is forthcoming in FreezeRay Press and The Dead Animal Handbook. Also, he is convinced he has the Gulf Coast inside him. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really.
OLIVER MOL is an Australian writer based in Sydney. His first book, Lion Attack!, was published by Scribe Publications in May 2015. He is excited and terrified by life.
KYLIE SUPSKI is a woman, an electricity, an artist, a short play of nothing as she is nothing. Kylie, like all artists loves talking and talking about herself, and she loves talking and talking about nothing. Apart from talking about herself and nothing, Kylie performs her poetry at many Melbourne’s spoken word events. She was recently involved in the “GL RY” project which was part of the cultural program for the International AIDS Conference 2014. She finds inspiration in her experiences and observations of the presence “The Here, The Now” and people who she meets in this presence. Her dream is to write poem like “Correspondences” of Charles Baudelaire. Her favourite poets are Lisa Gorton and Dorothy Porter (who are luckily both from Melbourne) and of course Sylvia Plath. She believes in words, and power of words to change how people think. She wants her words “fuck you awake”.
DECLAN FURBER GILLICK is a poet, songwriter, activist and spoken-word artist originating from Alice Springs, Central Australia. He has lived in Canberra, Adelaide, the East Gippsland High Country, Latin America, and has been settled in Melbourne for the last eighteen months.
With an artistic base in hip-hop and improvisation, his performances are rhythmic and measured. At times funny, at other times mournful, his often deeply personal and political work tells stories about our sense of place, belonging, love for people and for land. Grappling with questions about god, culture, identity, sexuality and purpose, Declan carries on the dusty story-telling tradition of his Arrernte heritage.
VICTORIA SAPOZNIKOFF currently lives in Elwood, Melbourne. Her poetry mainly revolves around themes of vulnerability, fear and change. She writes from the heart with the hope that others can connect with her work and see their own reflection within it.