25th October 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Carrie Rudzinski

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.

Guest Musician: TBA


All welcome to read/perform
MC Ken

18th October 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poets:

The University of Auckland poetry slam was held back in May. Tonight we present the top three competitors from that event.zech-soakai

Zech Soakai

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 Woodwardu-of-a-slam-emily-woodward

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 Smart

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. caitlin-smartNow 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.

Guest Musician:

Incredible Yacht Control

bret-vogel-incredible-yacht-controlIncredible 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.

All welcome to read/perform
MC Kiri

11th October 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Anita Arlov

anitaAnita wrote her first poem in 2011 (if you discount Autumn Leaves in standard 2.) She read it the first time she came to Poetry Live. No one told her it was a slam heat, or indeed what a slam was, or what the ringing bell meant. When she recovered she established Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, a monthly gig open to any kind of writing – flash, micro, short story, poetry – and showcasing musician guests.She gained second place in the Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition 2013.

Anita’s read poetry at many venues for example, Rhythm & Verse, Arts Festivals, and Lounge, and has had poems published in various journals including NZ Poetry Yearbook and Broadsheet.dubtext-2

She’s working with a group to bring the next NZ Poetry Conference & Festival to Auckland in November next year.

Guest Musician: Dubtext

Dubtext explores the sonic fringes of ambient, dub, downbeat and minimalist techno using found sounds and analogue synthesisers. Regularly seen on the streets and clubs of K Rd, Dubtext combines improvisation and spontaneity with electronic music that you can dance to but is designed for listening

All welcome to read/perform
MC Rachael

Poetry Reading: Howick, Thurs 13th Oct 2016

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to go sharper” – W. B. Yeats. The exhibition Sacred Economies and its accompanying poetry reading draw our attention to how experiences of the sacred manifest through social transactions. It is interested in how rituals give life to events and objects that can transform our ordinary ways of thinking about and participating in the world. How do transactions of forms like poetry or folklore, which hold little monetary value, create an economy of sacred moments?
Thursday 13th October, 6.30pm
Malcolm Smith Gallery: 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick
The poetry reading is a free event and a great chance to check out the accompanying exhibition and the gallery itself.


4th October 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Caitlin Smith

caitlin-smithCaitlin 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: Isabella


We do-nut have a photo or a bio of this mysterious guest… But her music is sweet, soft, colourful and although there is a special spaciousness in the sound it will definitely fill the hole in your heart. Sugar free but full of soul. Mysterious as a missing donut hole… Icing and play guitar!

All welcome to read/perform
MC Kiri

27th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Mohamed Hassan


Mohamed Hassan is a journalist and poet from Auckland. He is the current National Poetry Slam Champion, and has performed his work across New Zealand and overseas, including at TEDx, Splore and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. This year he released his first poetry collection, ‘A Felling of Things’.
This will be your last chance to see Mohamed do a feature set before he journies to the US as the first poet form Aotearoa to compete at the Individual World Poetry Slam!
Buy his book and support his travels!

Guest Musician: Luke Hurley

Luke is renowned for writing stunning songs fortified by guitar skills that took a lifetime to develop. His music is organic and vibrant and he was a key player in Dunedins music renaissance. Check him out on www.lukehurley.co.nz. subscribe to his very popular blog to be informed of his events

OPEN MIC sign up 7:30
All welcome to read/perform
DJ PEGLEG with the PHAT beats.

20th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Kiri Piahana-Wong


Kiri Piahana-Wong is a poet and editor, and is the publisher at Anahera Press. Her first poetry collection, Night Swimming, was published in 2013 and she has recently completed her second, Tidelines. Kiri was an MC at Poetry Live 2010-11 and rejoined the MC team in 2014. She lives with her boyfriend and small cat Pickle in a little house in the middle of miles of fields in north-west Auckland.

Guest Musician: MW Sellwoodmarcus


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!

Koha Entry

Open Mic all welcome to read/perform

MC: Rachael

13th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live Presents

                        Sophie Procter

                                  Emma Walter

                                              Paul Williams


Sophie:  I’m a story teller, 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. That is all.

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. I don’t like to see anyone withheld rights to an equal footing.   Although relatively new to the Poetry community, I write 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. I am also a musician and work with visual art mediums but am really enjoying seeing myself growing and finding my seat within the world and whānau of poetry and the power of the spoken word.

An occasional Beautiful Loser and a wizard on strings with or without a bow, Paul has collaborated with poets and dancers alike. On Tuesday night he will be playing his cello and guitar.


Open Mic all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

6th September 2016 @ Poetry Live

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd


This week Poetry Live will be hosting the Going West Slam Heat 3.

Competitors will have the chance to win a place in the well-known Going West Grand Slam Final, to be held on Saturday 10 September in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.

If you want to enter, sign up on the night from 7.30pm, and have one poem prepared. The Slam Heat will be MC-ed by Zane Scarborough.

We will also be having normal Poetry Live open mic for those who want to share their words in a non-competitive manner.

Open mic will take place at 8pm and approx 10pm.

There will be no music or guest poet this week.

Slam poetry is always extremely entertaining so come down and enjoy the fireworks.

23rd August 2016 @ Poetry Live

Poetry Live Celebrates National Poetry Day


Tuesday 23rd August 2016

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poets: Vivienne Plumb

vivienne-plumb-Vivienne Plumb is a poet, playwright and fiction writer of Australian and New Zealand heritage. Her writing is known to highlight the fantastic and miraculous in everyday experience. She has won numerous awards for her writing, and has been the recipient of key fellowships and residencies. Vivienne has held several residencies, including one in 2004 at the University of Iowa, in 2006 the Massey University writers’ residency, and she is presently on the Michael King Residency in Devonport.  She has a BA and an MA from Victoria University in Wellington, and holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Her most recent publications include Twenty New Zealand Playwrights (non-fiction, N.Z., 2013), and The Glove Box (fiction, Sydney, 2014). A new compendium of her past-published most popular writing, accompanied by images from the Auckland artist Glenn Otto, is to be published during 2016.

Her poetry collections include SalamancaNefarious (poems and parables)CrumpleScarab (a chapbook), and The Cheese and Onion Sandwich and Other New Zealand Icons (prose poems).

Her work has been published in N.Z. and overseas and has been translated into Polish, Mandarin, Slovenian, German and Malaysian.

Peter Bland

Peter_BlandPeter Bland is a poet and actor, whose writing commits to an everyday sub-urban sense of reality, often exploiting the framework of the dramatic monologue. He has a distinguished place in New Zealand theatre history as co-founder of Downstage and its artistic director 1964–68. He has worked as a stage and television actor and several of his own plays have been produced. Bland has published a large selection of poetry volumes in New Zealand and the UK and his memoir was released in 2004.

Collected Poems 1956-2011 was published in 2011 and Peter will be reading from his new book which is to be published this year.

For more about Peter’s career in print and film:


Emma Walter

EmmaEmma Walter:

I am a creative soul currently residing in Onewhero with a passion for truth, beauty, social justice and freedom in authentic expression, who conveys this through conversation, relationship, music, poetry and other creative arts.

It is my hope to see people reconnected to the pure soulful pulse that is the birthplace and birthright of our true selves and to encourage that into being, and not be afraid to take a stand against that which diminishes the availability of this to be fully realised within ourselves as individuals, and as a greater community.

Open Mic:

You are invited to pay homage to a favourite poet or poem or read/perform your own poetry as usual.

Prizes and giveaways for best performance and best dressed (as the poet you are are paying homage to)

Prizes and giveaways

Koha entry

MCs Kiri, Rachael and Matt