Michael is a Father before anything else, blessed with two wonderful daughters who teach him every day and give his life purpose. A youth worker by trade, Michael has crafted his poetry around breaking cycles; using his voice to uplift and unearth the voices in others’, a student of his good friend Michelle Durey’s legacy to grow spoken word and enrich others’ lives in the process. While finding time to perform has become scarce, Michael is privileged to begin performing in 2017 back where it all started for many of us.
Bernie Griffen’s original music is dubbed roughhouse or psychedelic folk. His songs are melodic, soulful tales of a life well and truly lived on the fringes, full of love, pathos and colourful stories. Bernie’s the host of 95 bFM’s roots music show Border Radio.
He combines his talents with poet and musician Kirsten Warner, a regular reader around Auckland and former chair of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Their third album recorded last year in Melbourne is due out in the next few months.
Open Mic all welcome to read/perform
Anne Kennedy is a poet, novelist and screenwriter. Her awards include the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry for Sing-song and the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry for The Darling North. Her novel, The Last Days of the National Costume, was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Award for Fiction in 2014. In 2016 Anne was Writer in Residence at IIML, Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches fiction and screenwriting at Manukau Institute of Technology.
MW Sellwood is an up-and-coming Auckland blues artist from the city’s thriving underground music scene. Equally at home performing tunes 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!
and celebrate the up and coming summer holidays!
We will start the night with
Lukas: I’m Lukas, a solo singer, guitarist and song writer. I’ll be playing predominantly original, unreleased music. I had such an amazing reaction from you all last time and I’m back again, so come along if you’d like a healthy dose of tunes with your Tuesday evening poetry fix. Let’s end 2016 with a bang!
MCs: the 4 of us
There might be something wrong with Brendan & Alison Turner. As former members of Bond Street Bridge and The Bitter Years, they developed a strange love of driving long distances across the country, playing a mix of Americana/Folk/Country/Blues, with sweet bluegrass harmonies and songs where everybody gets shot. All of this to small crowds of people for very little money. This seems to keep them happy and mostly out of trouble.
This Year MIT’s Faculty of Creative Arts ran the first tertiary level spoken word course in Oceania.
Lucky Punch is a love story set in tiny natural worlds sheltering from the encroaching urban dystopia of 1980s Auckland. The characters grow up together, yearn, fight, dream and stare at walls. Their personality quirks clash with social norms as they navigate through cultural voids and colonial Pacific bloodlines. This is modern lyric storytelling with the pace of flash fiction, deceptively matter-of-fact poems with alluring depths that yield more each read and hard angles that can leave a bruise. Step inside this beguiling world where wildness prowls the neighbourhood.
Simone is a New Zealand poet with Tongan ancestry, part of a new generation of Pasifika voices. She is well-known in Auckland as a performance poet, and particularly loves crafting rock-n-roll poetry experiences merging poetry with music. Her work has been published in numerous New Zealand literary magazines. Simone has a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML. She was born in Auckland.
‘Being’ (real name, Jasmine) explores texture through sound; whether using loop pedals and soundscapes, or the rhythm of spoken word. Labelling her subject matter as ‘streams of mind-mess’, Jasmine reveals unguarded ‘miscellaneous’ thoughts and sounds on common threads and being.
Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based page and performance poet with a background in psychology. Her poetry has been published in Landfall, Takahe, Brief, 4th Floor, Poetry NZ, Potroast, REM Magazine, Blackmail Press, The De-Formed Paper, Enamel, Magazine, JAAM and Wild Goose Poetry Review. Her first major collection, Bullet Hole Riddle, was published by Steele Roberts in November 2014. She has previously self-published two collections of her poetry, Tangents (2006) and Observations from the Poetry Factory (2007). She has performed her work widely, both solo and in collaboration with other poets, artists, dancers and musicians. Miriam has a long history of promoting poetry and poets through a range of mediums and is currently National Coordinator of New Zealand’s annual National Poetry Day.
Emma: I’m a creative from Onewhero, who attempts to be true to the authentic process of self-realisation and how that finds its place in the world. I am drawn to beauty, creativity, truth and advocacy of social justice, especially the rights to wholeness, safety and of complete agency for women, children, tangata whenua of any nation but especially here in Aotearoa and the fundamental importance of te reo in kind, and also people who navigate sexuality and gender that don’t conform to a straight, cisgendered society. As someone who has navigated the dark night of my own soul and continues to, I am passionate about courageous, authentic relaying of my story to encourage others to do the same, to find connection, mana and healing. I don’t like to see anyone withheld rights to an equitable footing. I write songs from a place that expresses my response to these issues as well as material that rises from the roads I navigate with lovers, and the deep spiritual beliefs I hold.
Carrie Rudzinski ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and has performed her work across New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India and in almost all 50 of the United States. She is the author of four collections of poetry and has had her work featured in Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and Bustle. Carrie is the 2016 Programme Director for Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement and a Guest Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Creative Arts teaching Spoken Word. She currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Zech Soakai is of Samoan and Tongan descent. No stranger to Poetry Live, he returns to the Poetry Live stage after first featuring in 2013 with his mates from Auckland Museum’s URBANLIFE: Niu Voices. In the last three years Zech has been in ATC’s poetry theatre show SKIN, a member of the Sleeping Ocean Collective and a runner up for Rising Voices, Going West, and Poetry Idol. Most recently however, he was this year’s University of Auckland Poetry Slam Champion.
Emily is in her third year of studying English and Languages at University of Auckland. She never intended to perform at a poetry slam – she just wanted to practice reading aloud a poem she had written for an English paper. She was ecstatic when she placed second in the first poetry slam that she competed in at the University of Auckland in May. Writing is one of the outlets Emily uses as she explores her thoughts about faith, feminism, mental health, and uncertainty about the future.
Caitlin usually just shares her no-regrets fanfiction. On a whim, she decided to combat her social anxiety by sharing her poetry about said social anxiety. Now she’s ended up here. Prior to this, Caitlin had her six-year-old onomatopoeia included in Paula Green’s Flamingo Bendalingo, and a classic teen angst poem featured in College Herald.
Incredible Yacht Control
Incredible Yacht Control is the stage name of Bret Vogel. Originally based in Portland Oregon, over the years the live band has been comprised of various musicians including Rian Lewis and Matt Henderson of Crosstide, Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kody Nielson of Silicon, Akila Fields (Palm Dat) of Shy Girls, and Adam Sweeney. In 2013, Vogel relocated to Auckland, New Zealand and, aside from a brief stint as Kody Nielson’s sax player, ceased to perform live. That changed in the spring of 2016 with a few well received and intimate performances around Auckland. While previous IYC releases have been described as lo-fi genre-bending jangle pop, Vogel’s new material has a more pastoral sound, blending 70’s era British folk with a lyrical approach that aspires to be equally ironic and sincere.