11th July 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live Presents

Elizabeth Morton

Callum Gentleman

and a farewell to Kiri Piahana Wong

 

Elizabeth Morton is a poet, fiction writer, and reviewer from Auckland. Her poetry and prose are published in New Zealand, UK, USA, Australia, Canada and online. She is the feature poet in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017. Her own poetry collection, Wolf, was published by Mākaro Press (2017). In 2013 she was winner of the New Voices Emerging Poets competition. She was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Award (2015) and was, twice, 2nd place in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition (2015, 2016).

Side-projects include: collecting obscure words, penning bad rap music, studying the brain, and exploring coastal rock pools. She likes to write about broken things, and things with teeth.

www.ekmorton.com

Callum Gentleman plays blues/folk noir with the odd dash of country. It’s Nick Cave meets The Smiths in a dark alley where they conspire to kidnap Bob Dylan and move to New Zealand. It’s Tom Waits sharing a bottle of moonshine with Leonard Cohen at 4am. He’s a raconteur, trouper, chancer, and murder ballad lover. But above all, Callum Gentleman is a storyteller. These stories come out as songs, poems, campfire yarns, whiskey-soaked bar banter. Stories about good people doing bad things, and bad people who try hard to be good…but often fail. Stories of fallen angels staring to heaven, contrite demons yearning for redemption, down and-out junkies scrounging for a dollar, the devil gets it on with the wrong hooker. Stories told in a child’s whisper, a father’s tears, and a drunken man’s roar.

Callum started playing in Paris and London before returning home to New Zealand, where he’s done numerous national tours. He’s also begun gigging around Australia. He often performs with allies Joel Vinsen (guitar) and Sam Loveridge (violin) beside him, but is just as happy going solo. Callum is also one half of poetry/experimental guitar duo Panhandlers. 

We are also saying farewell to our Kiri who is leaving our MC Team. Please join us in celebrating Kiri’s time with us. 

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MCs: Kiri & Rachael

4th July 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Te Kahu Rolleston

Te Kahu Rolleston (Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi) is a spoken word poet and performer known nationally and internationally and the winner of a number of awards. His compositions are in Te Reo Māori and English and he is inspired by generations of orators, haka, waiata and Ngā Manu Kōrero.

 

Guest Musician: Jacqueline Carter and James Webster

Jacqueline Carter (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maru, Ngāi Te Rangi and Pākehā) is a composer, poet, singer and teacher aide, as well as a member of Te Hā Contemporary Māori Writers and its Auckland regional group Te Hā ki Tāmaki. James Webster (Tainui, Te Arawa and Pākehā) is a maker and player of taonga pūoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) as well as a tā moko (traditional body art) practitioner, multi-media artist and kai whakairo (carver). He has performed and played both the taonga pūoro and the karetao (traditional “puppets”) nationally and internationally and in a variety of settings, as well as exhibiting his artwork and doing tā moko. James and Jacqs have come together again, after several years of doing their own thing, to perform a range of original compositions, and gratefully supported by whānau and friends. We hope you enjoy – Ngā mihi o te wā nei! Ko te hokinga mai o Matariki, ko te whetū o te tau, he tau pai te tau, hē tau ora te tau, tihei mauri ora!

Open Mic: all welcome to read/performKoha entry

MCs: Kiri & Rachael

27th June 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Tim Heath

Tim Heath is a contentedly retired teacher who, whenever possible, spends time writing poetry, which he endeavours to get published. He has been an MC at Poetry Live, where he relished the contact this gave him with a riotous collection of other poets. He enjoys performance poetry – this enthusiasm has seen him win a number of major Auckland Poetry Slams, including Poetry Idol and Going West. Recently, he was one of the poets featured in the flatteringly titled “The Best of the Best” at the Auckland Writers festival. His first collection of poetry, entitled “Not as the Crow Flies” is scheduled for publication later this year.
Time for these activities is happily compromised by involvement with family, especially his eight superb grandchildren, reading, cooking, gardening, ocean sailing, watching cricket and dreaming. 

Guest Musician: Sane-Va

Sane-Va is of Samoan decent, but was born and raised in Auckland. He started playing the piano when he was five years old, and has since acquired a taste for classical music, particularly Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. He completed his grade 8 practical exam with the Royal Schools of Music in 2014 and has occasionally performed in small recitals at school, in pubs and elsewhere. He also finds great interest in most genres in music, particularly jazz.
Outside of music, Sane-Va also enjoys sport. He rowed and played rugby for Mt Albert Grammar School until he left in 2013. He has played rugby for the Ponsonby Ponies until 2016. He also likes play basketball and golf.
Sane-Va is deeply fascinated with science, mathematics and technology. He is currently in his fourth and final year at the University of Auckland, studying for a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, where he is currently conducting a yearlong project to design and build an acoustic levitator.
In the future, Sane-Va hopes to travel the world, especially Europe and the United States, before settling into a career in engineering. He also plans to further his education in skills in music.Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

DJ Pegleg on the 7’s and 8’s

13th June 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetrylive presents Double Feature

JaradUPS feat. Miriam Barr & Hannah Owen-Wright

As a boy, vocalist, beats producer and songwriter JaradUPS fell asleep each night listening to strange noises coming through the wall. Much later he realised this was the bass from the disco next door. A long time artist and drummer in many bands he ditched the live band format and started translating his lyrical melodies into eclectic digitally produced Electro-Emowave songs in 2010 under the moniker New Hang Ups. Touring NZ and regularly gigging New Hang Ups delivers a fun, colourful and energetic stage show incorporating a mini trampoline to help inspire people to get UPS.

 

 

Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based page and performance poet with a background in psychology, recently completing her Doctorate. 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 including being a former Poetry Live MC, and National Coordinator of New Zealand’s annual National Poetry Day.

 

Hannah Owen Wright is an Auckland musician & performance poet.  She has featured on the Poetry Live stage in various guises and collaborations, and we look forward to seeing the guise she will be performing under on this night.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

6th June 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Karlo Mila

Karlo Mila is a Pasifika woman poet who has recently returned to Auckland.  She will be reading new works.  Karlo has two books of poetry and is widely published in New Zealand anthologies.

Guest Musician: Brendan & Alison Turner

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.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

9th May 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ken Arkind

Ken Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work all over the world at hundreds of universities and literary festivals. He is the founding director of Denver Minor Disturbance, The Denver Youth Poet Laureate Program and a co-founder of the Jafa Poetry Slam. He has shared stages with Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyaka, Amy Goodman and Gil Scott Heron just to name a few. Ken is the author of Denver (Fast Geek Press, 2013), Coyotes (Penmanship, 2014) and has recently completed his BCA in Creative Writing from MIT’s faculty of Creative Arts in Otara. He works as a Poet/Youth Mentor for Action Education.

Guest Musician: Dubtext

Dubtext are now a three-piece, with maestro multi-percussionist Rob Mayo joining us on drums and assorted strange objects that ring, clank and knock. This adds considerable live impact to our show and a wider range of interesting sounds. Rob is a founding member of the world group Many Hands who have toured SE Asia and Japan and appeared at WOMAD a few years ago.

But the Dubtext electronic groove core is still present. And we will be working with the first set of open mic poets, providing an ambient soundtrack and vocal fx for those that want it.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

2nd May 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Brian Flaherty

Brian Flaherty is a digital (sometimes analogue) poet / a librarian / a long-time collaborator on the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre / co-editor of online journal Trout / an addicted traveller.

See some of Brian’s digital poetry here: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/digital/flaherty/

Guest Musician: Mike Krishnan Jones

Mike Krishnan Jones is a guitarist, singer and entertainer from Wales. He moved to New Zealand seven years ago and has been plying his trade as the frontman of popular duo Pat For President ever since. His  lyrics  provide food for thought through social observations and his folky delivery will have audiences enthralled!

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

18th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Adam David Rohe

Adam has rediscovered poetry only a year ago. His writing has been his lifeline, his lover and his confidant since then.

Guest Musician: Cricket Farm

Cricket Farm make music for hopeless romantic conspiracy theorists, and play for whoever is listening.

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

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MC Sophie

11th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: David Eggleton

David Eggleton is a poet and writer based in Dunedin. He has published a number of poetry collections, and one collection of short fiction. His stories have appeared in various anthologies of Best New Zealand Fiction and elsewhere. His non-fiction books include:  Towards Aotearoa: a Short History of Twentieth Century New Zealand Art; Into the Light: a History of New Zealand Photography, and Ready to Fly: the Story of New Zealand Rock Music. As a poet he has also worked extensively alongside many musicians, including Martin Phillipps, Jay Clarkson and Otis Mace.

Guest Musician: George Henderson


George Henderon has led Dunedin band The Puddle since the early 80s, writing over a hundred songs, for the most part melodic and lyrically involved. He can also be found playing with The New Existentialists in Auckland. The Puddle’s albums can be found on Bandcamp, and the New Existentialists have a 7” single due out on SpaceCase Records later this year.

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

4th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: James Crompton

James has been to Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn and back, tasted the Milky Way,
and been through Seventh Heaven and Seventh Hell.
He is Universally as a oppose to worldly
And aspires to maintain innocence through experience.
He is part Maori, part Lebanese, part English and part Scottish and that leaves his left leg unaccounted for.
His Nana lived to 100.
His grandma’s second cousin wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
And his mother beat cancer.
He has lived through The Leaves Of Autumn, The Dead Of Winter, The Birth Of Spring and The Heat of Summer and made Aspiration to the beyond,
and now is back to share with you the whole gamut of Everything.

Guest Musician: Being (solo)

Sifting through the anxieties of an analytical mind Jasmine (aka Being.) confronts streams of mind-mess and common threads. Lush layers and drones render the chaotic into a soundscape of peaceful melancholy that is Being…

https://www.facebook.com/being.musicm/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri