22nd May 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, writer, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts QLD Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His longer prose-poem The Electric Journal about his lived experience with ECT was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize and will form the spine his next book. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy.

Guest Musician: Caitlin Smith

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Sophie and Ken

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8th May 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Rachael Naomi

Rachael says “I have been writing poetry since 2006, my previous creative outlets singing, playing the guitar and working on stories for young children. My passion for poetry, paint and a love of the artistic nature of letters, words and symbols of language, has led me to create visual poetry — adding colour and texture to my poetry through the medium of indian ink, paint and collage. I also love to chalk my poems responding to the impermanent and have a deep desire to keep the art of writing alive. Poetry Live! has been an integral part of my life since August 2006 — I love the vibe, the inclusiveness and the creative energy and can’t imagine life
without it! On this night, I look forward to taking my Poetry Live! MC pōtae, giving it to Kate to wear from this night onwards, and to place on my head the Poet pōtae once more.

Guest Musician: Freaky Meat

Freaky Meat are a dynamic and innovative act who have successfully combined elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with beat-speak styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, C. R. Avery, Gill Scot Heron, William S Burroughs, Mr Bungle, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
Premiere Auckland beat-poet Shane Hollands is joined by accomplished musicians John McNab (guitar), Rod Redgrave (percussion), and Julian Pettitt (bass) who create atmospheric soundscapes which are complemented by Hollands’ mesmerizing narratives of life, travels, experiences and people.
Freaky Meat are seasoned performers in Auckland’s live scene, joining forces with the likes of Andrew Fagan and The People, Black Sand Diva and Dave Alley.
in 2018 look out for the freaks heading into the studio to produce ‘Fugu’, tracks from the other side of the wordcore universe, a possibly disturbing dystopian dreamscape.
Reviews for their album ‘Delicatessen’ : “[Delicatessen] presents a collection of poems that range from finely nuanced wordcraft to beat-style stream-of-consciousness narratives…covering a diverse range of styles; jazz, funk, rock and even metal all knitted together by the high quality of its musical ideas and musicianship. Standout tracks include ‘The Lament of Paris’…’Stolen Kisses’, and ‘My Poetry Is An Alcoholic Pitbull’ – a clever piece of writing” – John Brinkman, Groove Guide
‘Poetry in musical motion…Highlights include Zombie Xmas Hams and My Poetry Is An Alcoholic Pit Bull In A Bad Mood’ – Ania Glowacz, NZ Musician Magazine
‘HLAH + Sam Hunt’ – Graham Reid, Elsewhere
Website: http://freakymeat.co.nz/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/freakymeat Music: https://freakymeat.bandcamp.com/
YouTube Videos – check out live performances of:
‘Slow Cooking In The Ghost Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqsi3A6pOyk
‘The Lament of Paris’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IfY-7Abpus
‘Te Henga in Storm’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKxoJrm_dZQ

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Kate

1st May 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner is an Auckland Poet, writer and musician. Her first novel, the Sound of Breaking Glass, will be published in July, followed by her first volume of poetry in August. She plays guitar, sings and writes songs with the band Bernie Griffin and the Thin Men.

Guest Musician: MW Sellwood

MW Sellwood is an Auckland blues musician. Equally at home performing songs on stage or a street corner, his groovy electric guitar riffs and playful vocals combine for a fresh take on Blues music in the new millennium!

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Simone

17th April 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ellie Poucher

Our guest Poet this week is Ellie Poucher.. “I am 32 I have been in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 14 years I have 2 children a Girl and a Boy who live in Palmerston north with their mother. Recently after struggling with depression it was suggested that I begin to write Poetry. Which then lead to an order to find a Space and time like poetry live and share My Poetry. That was in May last year and my poetry has helped me in understanding my self getting to a better space. It has also created another communication outlet those close to me can read, my poetry which reveals far more than I could verbalise, shows the emotions I keep hidden sometimes even from myself. I try not to limit what I share so that I may be as open to my audience as they can be to me when the mic is opened to the floor.

 

Guest Musician: Permission to Speak

And our guest musician are Permission to Speak who are returning to the Poetry Live stage after a much loved performance last year. Permission to Speak is primarily made up of Sam and Jono, a blues rock and roll contemporary folk alternative act that uses a healthy mix of influences and contributing artists to produce many different untamed sounds.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Sophie

10th April 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Makyla Curtis

Makyla Curtis is Scots Pākehā. She recently completed an MA on poetic mark-making at the University of Auckland, and is currently studying for a Diploma in Languages in te reo Māori. Makyla was mentored by Vivienne Plumb in 2017 through the NZ Society of Authors mentorship programme, and she was the Emo Saikō poet in residence at the New Zealand Pacific Studio last December. Makyla is a letterpress printer, poet and printmaker with an interest in languages and dialects, creative cartography and typography.  https://makyla.wordpress.com/

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Guest Musician: Jana and Fender

An acoustic duo formed from the love of all things music, putting a twist on new and old school gems.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Rachael

3rd April 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

 

Guest Poet: Albert Wendt

Maualaivao Albert Wendt is recognised internationally as one of Samoa’s, New Zealand’s and the Pacific’s major writers. He has published a huge range of fiction and poetry, including Sons for the Return Home, Leaves of the Banyan Tree, the Mango’s Kiss, and From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden. He has also edited numerous and important anthologies including Whetu Moana and Mauri Ola. He has won many awards for his writing and contributions to literature, including the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Zealand’s Senior Pacific Islands Artist’s Award, the Commonwealth Writers prize for Asia and Pacific Region (twice), and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Fiction. In 2013 he received New Zealand’s highest honour and was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand.

Guest Musician: East of Queen

Singer, songwriter East of Queen is a pop musician who writes original songs with multiple influences and different styles. She started learning music at the age of 5, and has been composing and performing her own material for years. After high school, she spent 3 years living in the UK where she played mainly indie folk music. Now currently studying a Bachelor of Music at Auckland, she is expanding and growing her skills and sound, working both with her band and on solo projects.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Simone

13th March 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

 

                     Manisha Anjali

                                   Anne Walsh

                                             Grace Pageant

 

Manisha Anjali is a poet and performer of Indo-Fijian heritage. Her works are an exploration of hallucinatory dream states where women navigate through Oceanian and Indian histories, folklore, dispossession and decolonisation. Manisha’s pan-Pacific works have appeared in Mascara Literary Review, IKA Journal, Seizure, Blackmail Press, Alien She Zine and Flapperhouse. She was awarded a Hot Desk Fellowship by The Wheeler Centre in 2013. She is currently working on a creative arts Honours thesis based on feminist resistance practices of indentured women in Fiji. Manisha is also part of the Emerging Cultural Leaders programme at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Her debut poetry collection, Sugar Kane Woman is available now.

 

Anne Walsh is a poet and a story writer. Her work has been published widely in print and online. She’s been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize twice and for the ACU Prize for literature. Her first book of poems, I Love Like a Drunk Does, was published by Ginninderra Press (2009, Australia). Her work has also been widely published in Australia and in the U.S., including a short story, The Rickman Digression, by the prestigious Glimmer Train. Her second book of poems, Intact, is available from Flying Island Press.

 

Grace Pageant aka Anna Forsyth is a poet and singer who runs a women’s poetry night, girls on key in Australia. She currently lives in Newcastle.

 

 

 

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Rachael

8th March 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Renee is a celebrated Poetry Live alumni; an effervescently diverse writer and stunning performer. Valere’s music is soulful and smart; it will move you and leave you thinking. Open Mic as always.

Guest Poet: Renee

Renee’s first love is poetry and she found her voice at Poetry Live, later taking on a role as an MC for four years. Lately she has been an illustration of the phrase ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ exploring genres such as short and long fiction, poetry, theatre, opera, musical theatre, non fiction, blogging and arts journalism. She has also collaborated on visual arts works, film and music, produced and directed theatre works, worked as a dramaturge, taught creative writing and organized community-based arts initiatives.

She believes in the strength of communities and of collaboration.

Guest Musician: Valere

Ethereal, serene and heartfelt, Valere’s sound brings an eclectic mix of soul and synth known to move audiences. Valere is Auckland based songwriter and producer Shana Llorando, whose palate of warm new wave sounds, R&B melodies and intricate rhythms mesh into arrangements that are both ‘kinetic, yet warmly intimate’ (Adam Burns, NZ Musician Magazine).

Valere means ‘to be worth’. This is the heart of her music and message; finding one’s worth in the right place and the journey of the search.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Simone

14th February 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith is best known as a jazz singer, vocal coach, story-singer and song-poet. However she’s been writing poetry since the age of 12 and performed at Poetry Live when it was at the Albion in the mid to late 80s. Caitlin says: “Poetry helps me make sense of the world. It’s my dream to record my 500 or so poems to date and set up a ‘poem a day’ free subscription for these recitations. To date… another 500 poems patiently wait to be transcribed and rewritten into completion.

Guest Musician: NIKA

NIKÅ has been playing music her entire life. In her early years it started with just singing and by 7 years old she was songwriting and creating her music. This lead her to learning the piano and guitar to be able to take her writing to a new level. NIKÅ has performed in band situations and on her own, doing various gigs throughout her life. Some of her personal achievements include getting the National Certificate of Music in 2014, creating a music video for her song Pillow in 2016, and writing/recording/producing original music for “Notecube” advertisements. NIKÅ’s passion now at 21 years old, resides primarily in her writing and singing which she continues to use as a medium for expressing herself as she has always done. NIKÅ’s love for music will never fade and she plans to continue writing and performing as long as her body lets her.

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Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC Rachael

7th February 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live starts in 2018 on Waitangi Day. Straight into the crucible of New Zealand’s alleged history and well-spun race relations; it’s gonna blaze like the Feb sun.
We’ve got Lukas Wharekura on music and Vaughan Rapatahana is the guest poet. They’re briefed not to hold back.
Come bristling with political poems – there’ll be prizes for stand-out work on Te Tiriti O Waitangi, or let fly with whatever’s been sweltering in your soul-sphere over these last melting months.
We can’t wait to see your faces and hear your work.

Guest Poet: Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana commutes between Hong Kong SAR, Philippines and Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s widely published across several genre in Māori, English and other languages. He was a semi-finalist in the Proverse Prize for Literature in 2009; highly commended in the 2013 erbacce poetry prize (from 6000+ entrants); won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize in 2016, the same year as his poetry collection Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. His latest poetry collection is ternion (erbacce-press, Liverpool, England).

Rapatahana has a PhD in existential philosophy from University of Auckland – on the novels of Colin Wilson, whom he has written extensively about and will lecture on at the Wilson conference in Nottingham in July. Finally, Rapatahana is also a language critic and instigated and co-edited English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, U.K, 2012 and 2016).

Guest Musician: Lukas Wharekura

Lukas Wharekura is an Auckland based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who has been making a name for himself as a musical jack of all trades. His eclectic discography is expanding and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Among the most note-able projects he’s been involved in is the five piece genre bending sound machine known as “Strangely Arousing” and the psychedelic Maori blues band “Kiko”. He’s currently touring with Strangely Arousing and with a Kiko E.p in the works.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Simone