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.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/musicbynika

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

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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

12th December 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Our last night of the year!

Join us for open mic all night long and celebrate the up and coming summer holidays!

We will start the night with:

Catherine Hamilton and Emma Walter

They’ll  soothe your souls and breathe in some life to those bones with some originals and a few covers in homage to our favourite artists.
A joke that sums us up is
Q. What do you get when you cross one volcano with another volcano?
A. I don’t know but the fault lies with you.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MCs: all of us

 

5th December 2017 @ Poetrylive

Poetry Live! Presents


                                 Miriam Barr
                                                  & Freaky Meat

Miriam Barr is a poet who performs her work and has a long history of
collaboration with musicians, visual artists, and other poets. Her
poems have been published in places like Landfall, Takahe, Brief, JAAM
and Sweet Mammalian. Her collection Bullet Hole Riddle was published
by Steele Roberts in 2014 and has been described by reviewers as
“brave” and “perfectly formed”. Her work has featured in academic
texts, art galleries, and on stages in NZ and abroad. She has been a
Poetry Live MC, editor of a free poetry zine called Side Stream, a
Poetry Idol slam champion, winner of People’s Choice at the Bowery
Poetry Club in New York, creative director of theatre-poetry group The
Literatti, facilitator of many workshops, guerrilla poetry instigator,
and the co-ordinator of New Zealand’s National Poetry Day. Recently
Miriam took part in the group show, visualis, at the NZ Poetry
Conference and Festival.


Freaky Meat combine elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with
beat-speak vocal styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits, Frank
Zappa and Captain Beefheart and you get Auckland-based Beatspeak
Innovators: Freaky Meat. Their performance will captivate you with
mesmerising narratives of the life, travels and the strange
experiences of front man, beat poet Shane Hollands, drawing from his
adventures both real and visionary. www.freakymeat.co.nz

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MCs Rachael & Simone

NB Next week is our last Poetry Live! of the year with guest musician,
Emma Kahu Orion Walter and Open Mic all night long….

21st November 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ila Selwyn

Ila Selwyn was an MC at Poetry Live for four years, then moved to Rhythm & Verse at Lopdell House for the next five. In 2014 she wrote a play incorporating poetry for her Masters of Creative Writing at Auckland University. At present she is enjoying doing a year’s theatre writing course under Gary Henderson so has not written much new in the way of poetry.

Guest Musician: Judith McNeil

As a 13 year old Judith learned to play Peter, Paul and Mary songs on the piano but it wasn’t until she was 29 that she experienced her first Folk Festival. This led her into a journey with song and guitar which continued with the release of her self-penned album, ‘Accepting Apples’. Since the 90s she has performed at many open mic sessions around Auckland, once in Rhode Island, and folk clubs and festivals all over the country. She spent many years covering other, mainly women, artists before she felt brave enough to present her own songs. She is regularly jamming out new songs at Clydes Cave, north of Warkworth in preparation for her next album.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Sophie

14th November 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Sophie Procter


Sophie: “I’m a storyteller, poet, and I make kick-ass coffees. The coffees pay the rent, plus I get to interact with so many crazy and interesting people. I’m always listening and always learning and very often practicing the virtue of patience….Writing and creating is what pays my soul, and with that I get to express and leave a little something in this world that hopefully ignites a spark in others.”

Sophie had her visual poetry exhibited just this weekend in group show, vīsuālis at the NZ Poetry Conference and Festival, and her poetry collection is in its last proofing stage which will be launched in the new year.

 

Guest Musician: Jessy Wadeson

With 20 years of various singing and songwriting experience ranging from musical theatre to old school blues and solo travelling musical journeys, Jessy has recently moved to Auckland and started a band with a bunch of rad young lads. There is some sexy soul going on and things are gonna get bigger. This night, Jessy will be performing solo once more.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

7th November 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Serie Barford

Serie Barford was born near a Rongo stone in Cornwall Park to a migrant German-Samoan mother and a Palagi father and grew up in West Auckland. She is published in print and digital journals and anthologies and in four poetry collections. Entangled Islands (Anahera Press), her latest collection, combines poetry and prose. 

In 2017 Serie’s been published in Black Marks on the White Page, Manifesto: an anthology of political Poetry, Atlanta Review, Forty Years of Titirangi Poets, the School Journal, the Phantom Billstickers Project, Best NZ Poems (2015) translated into a bilingual Italian-English edition by Francesca Benocci and Palabras Prestadas #109 – poems translated into Spanish by Charles Olson.

 

Guest Musician: Damian Anderson

Damian Anderson is from Putaruru and have been playing in band, Jam Dr, for 10yrs. His passion for original music has always been the driving inspiration. He has a diploma in music and is a registered member of APRA (Australian performing rights association 

He will be performing original work at Poetry Live as a solo artist – Dae, a gentle but stirring mix of RnB, reggae and rock.  

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Simone

31st October 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

                             Maddy O’Dwyer

                        w- Callum Gentleman

“Summer

hit the garden like a technicolour shell

Weed hackers squatted and snarled at ankles where suburb edge bled into ghetto.

I groped at the streets till

I knew them, terrified

I’d fall out.”

Join us for a classic Poetry Live! Book launch featuring music from Callum Gentleman

Baby Teeth is the debut poetry collection by Madison O’Dwyer. It tells the story of a poet and a city slowly falling in love — and then being thrown abruptly out of it. From the drunken griefs and uncertain romances of youth to the curves of the sky and the edges of the waterfront, Baby Teeth is what is left when an adolescence is shed in our city of sails: a book of wolfishly devoured moments, the first real bites of life.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Matt

10th October 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Michael Steven

Michael Steven was born in 1977. His poems, essays and short fiction have appeared in places such as Brief, IKA, Landfall, Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader, and Poetry NZ Yearbook. A chapbook The Story of My Past Lives is forthcoming from Maungatua Press later this year, and Otago University Press will publish a collection Walking to Jutland Street.

He is in the final year of a BCA at Manukau Institute of Technology, and lives in West Auckland with his partner and newborn son.

Guest Musician: Sean McMahon

Exceptional song writing is what has always stood out first and foremost for Melbourne artist Sean McMahon.  His momentum and motivation as an artist is solely inspired by each and every song as it forms somewhere in a realm of make believe, between real life experience and desire.  While largely inspired by the American songbook, its traditions and its champions, he’s just as likely to find inspiration up and down the highways of his home Victoria as on Hwy 61.  His poetic and melodic style of song writing is loaded with confessional narratives and vivid story telling that explore and exploit themes we may all know well, however, it’s his ability to craft a song, and his warm and honest vocals that set him apart.

‘Shiner’ by Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
is out now and available on all formats via
                          www.seanmcmahon.com.au

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

3rd October 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Vana Manasiadis

Vana Manasiadis is a poet, creative writing teacher and editor who was born in Wellington and has lived in Greece, Italy and France. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML. Her work regularly features in New Zealand literary publications and her first collection; Ithaca Island Bay Leaves: A Mythistorima, was published by Seraph Press in 2009

Vana is editing and translating a series of bi-lingual collections with Seraph Press. In 2016, the first of the series; Shipwrecks/Shelters, a selection of contemporary Greek poetry was published.This year, Vana is co-editing a bilingual volume of poetry by Maori women writers with playwright Maraea Rakuraku.

Vana’s writing has the vibrancy and elasticity of a native multilinguist. Her work is both cultured and kiwi – a gorgeous collision.

Guest Musician: Lukas Wharekura

Lukas fronts the award-winning NZ band Strangely Arousing. He’s a singer-song writer and guitarist, who exudes raw creativity through a vibrant genre fusion of reggae, rock and roots with ska notes.

His powerful vocal and unabashed emotion will have you spellbound and sparkly-eyed.

MC – Simone Kaho