19th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Our guests this week are no strangers to the Poetry Live stage and are favourites among the PL audience…

Guest Poet: Dog RL

Our featured poet you know as Dog RL, the Poet who performs without a mic! Dog is also known as Peter Thumath – “I live in a house on the edge of the hill where the kohekohe grows. I work at a steel mill and in my spare time plant things and catch fish and sometimes make stuff or travel or write. I love words. I love the sound of them the taste the feel the way they fit together the rhythm the flow. I love their meanings and their hidden meanings and how they can conjure emotion while not saying anything. How they hurt if not used wisely yet still can heal and sing and play. And how the learning never stops.”

Guest Musician: Brendan and Alison Turner

Our guest musicians this week are Brendan and Alison Turner, long time members of the PL whanau, back to wow us with their original acoustic Folk and Country Blues from a goat farm at the bottom of the world.

Open Mic as always, can’t wait to see you all there 🙂

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Sophie

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12th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Vincent Nathan

Vincent is a rollercoaster of art, excitement and sharp wit so jump on and get ready for the ride of your life. When he’s not tearing subjects to pieces with his fiery spoken word tongue you will most probably find him sat with a bucket of KFC wicked wings. Vincent is a chameleon performer who has slayed roles in both musical theatre and stage performance. He is a dancer for breakfast, a performer for lunch, poet for dinner and Drag Queen for dessert and yes all the added lashings of singing, writing and poetry workshops added to the feast. He has two single passions that fire his engine, poetry and youth work. Youth work is Vincent’s favourite Book giving him a rare glimpse into the minds and hearts of youth which change with every turning page each day he is in schools. Vincent Loves people and if you want to know more look for the man with the Ta Moko on his face and jump on his roller coaster and get ready to screeeeam for terror or joy (both are great).

Guest Musician: Shannon McIntyre

Shannon has been writing and playing instruments since she can remember. Coming from a musical family she likes to Dabble in all areas of music. This has taken her to stages such as the town hall, various markets, bars & parties stretching from east to west. Some influences of hers include Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, Brittany Howard, Nina Simone to name a few.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kate

5th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ya-Wen Ho

Ya-Wen Ho is a poet, zine-maker, designer and letterpress printmaker. She graduated with her BFA(Hons) from Elam in 2012, and advocates for you to believe people when they tell you art school sets you up for life. Enduring research interests include experimental poetry, found language, and creative translations. She’s currently working on a Pantograph Punch essay on what it means to fail. Her first book, last edited [insert time here] is available from TinFish Press.

Guest Musician: Emma Walter

Emma is from Wairamarama, Onewhero. Poetry Live loves Emma who brings resonance, beauty, and spirituality every performance, moving listeners into emotional and healing spaces. “I try to give people through music what the whenua of home has given me.”

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Simone

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

Koha entry

MC Sophie and Ken

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

Koha entry

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

Koha entry

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

Koha entry

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

Koha entry

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

Koha entry

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

Koha entry

MC Rachael