23rd October 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Sally Strangelove

Sally Strangelove is an enigma—to herself.. Questions of Identity and Reality entangle themselves in blue within and beyond her personal space-time continuum.. Finding herself continuously led by some extreme mystic drive to actualisation, Sally Strangelove skirts the boundaries between art and psychosis in an attempt to evade hypnotic enslavement to a prescribed consensus reality fraught with pathological normality, obsolete political hierarchy, and ongoing systemic atrocity.. In doing so, she enjoys employing subversive strategies such as subtle satire, extremist ego-play, and comedic confusion, mostly within the context of performance poetry or theatrical protest. Through years of daily practice, Strangelove has mastered the art of inducing Associative Identity Disorder to channel her various creative archetypes to unleash some ever-evolving and perpetually nebulous Master Plan. Meanwhile, within another life in her own parallel universe, she fights to make the world a better place through tours of duty in marginalised, under-funded social action sectors…

Guest Musician: Midnight Poetry Band

Midnight Poetry Band are a loose collective in the Order of Wordcore (AK represent), creating magic through chaos encounters with any type of music, any type of poetry, with anyone, in any place, and any time—but preferably around Midnight* This evening’s show features the usual suspects: Sally Strangelove, Olivia ‘Tomorrow’ Montgomery, Shadowcat, Jake ‘Little Daisy’ Rawson, James ‘the Drum Daimon’ Rimmer, special guests and potentially YOU!
At the end of the evening after open mic a selection of other poets will perform with the Midnight poetry band.
Running Order
8pm: Midnight Poetry Band
8:30ish: Break
8.45ish Open Mic first 6 only
9.15ish Break
9.30ish Sally Strangelove
10pmish: Break
10.15ish More Open mic
At the end: More Midnight Poetry Band with some selected poets.
Open Mic poets…5 minute limit. Thanks.

9th October 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace takes a grain of truth, a huge dose of craziness and equal parts desperation and slapstick and runs it through the sausage maker of his mind to see what comes out.
Often it’s rubbish but occasionally it’s brilliant. He’s gathered up some of the latter works to read for you this week at Poetry Live.
Lee has performed around New Zealand and was a guest poet at the ‘Spirit’ poetry night in Tokyo as well as making other appearances in that fine city. He was slated to do something in Kyoto too but couldn’t find the building.

Guest Musician: m(emu:)

I am m(emu:) who is musician/composer. I’m doing realtime over dub using my voice, app, melodica and some instrumentals. I’ve been seeking the melody, sound and music which penetrate my heart, seeking my sound too. I made a self-produced album about 6 years ago.
I encountered the loop machine at the concert of Massive Attack’s opening act by Martina Topley Bird 2010, “Ahhh that is exactly what I want to do!!!!” I thought. Then I’ve been attracted by looping my sound until now. Really like the layer of voices, the combination of electric and acoustic sound, scale of Arabic. Always WANTED ladies and gentlemen friends who are musician, VJ, makeup artist, illustrator, queer, ◯◯geek… any kinds of beautiful interesting people.
m(emu:) on YouTube
Time: 8pm
Entry: Koha

2nd October 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Our guest spot this week features Anne Kennedy’s MIT 3rd-year Creative Writing Students!

(Clockwise from top left) Azhar Khan – aspires to be an upcoming Indian version of Stephen King.
Cinta To`a is a performer and dancer as well as a writing student; she has an obsession for all things fantasy and bubble tea.
Damian Pereira is a dude from Mangere who has too much time on his hands so he writes, about family, friends and anything else that makes him feel something.
Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu is of Samoan descent, raised in Porirua, Wellington, but lives in Manukau. He is passionate about Pasifika storytelling and is an emerging playwright and screenwriter.
Kyla Dela Cruz is a performance and page poet. She appeared in the Auckland Theatre Company production, Mouth, Tongue, Teeth in 2017, won the 2016 Rising Voices Poetry Slam. When she’s not writing she is playing with her toughest little dog, Coco.
Tsitsi Mapepa writes poetry, fiction, and recently, journalism. She is a mother of three who loves the magic of putting letters together.
Marcus Hawkins (not pictured) – writes fiction and poetry. He has a Bachelor in Communications from MIT, and is currently making creative work with a marae-based group at MIT.

Feature-length is 35 minutes.

Our muso is Adam Ogle (holding guitar). Adam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Progressing from playing in pubs in Whangarei to performing at festivals such as Prana and the Auckland Folk Festival. His first love is the guitar, but after being, somewhat forcibly, urged to pursue singing (thanks mum), has slotted into the singer/songwriter role.
Adam has composed music for theatre companies such as Auckland Theatre Company and Company of Giants, also touring around the world with Indian Ink Theatre Company.
Passionate vocals paired with intricate guitar work help Adam perform songs varying in genre from classic folk, old-time Americana, southern gothic, and bluegrass.

Because we’re featuring a group this week the format is a little bit different, but not that much. Something like this; 

8pm – Adam Ogle
8:35 – 3 Guest Poets 
8:50 – Open Mic
9:15 – 4 Guest Poets 
9:45 – Final Open Mic

All welcome on open mic. 5-minute max.

MC Simone

25th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Harley Neville

Harley was almost as surprised as his friends when he started writing poetry, but it’s hard to deny the cathartic effect it has had for him, just as it is hard to deny his obvious presence on stage. A performance poet, podcaster and filmmaker, Harley Neville is passionate about sharing his stories and advocating for important causes through poetry. He is a Going West Slam Poetry Finalist, a Jafa Poetry Slam Finalist and he is TEDx alumni.
Harley uses his poetry to speak on topics such as the future, anthropology, climate change and religion, his goal is to create a conversation around the important issues that our civilisation faces, while making you laugh.

Guest Musician: Immi Paterson

Immi Paterson is a writer, musician, and vegan vlogger.
Her poetry appears in publications such as Landfall, JAAM, Takahe and Poetry New Zealand, with her stories found in horror and sci-fi anthologies both within NZ and abroad.
She considers herself a bit of a musician, and has been caught attempting to play a variety of instruments. Guitar is her first love; they’ve been together since 1997. She released three albums with band George and Queen, and is planning a fourth album with her new band Hey Zeus!
When she’s not making up words or tinkering on her guitar, she can be found on Facebook as Immi the Vegan. As well as filming vlogs up and down the country under this name, she has recently created a comedy web-series, which is in its post-production stage.
Tonight she’ll play a few of her songs.
Time: 8pm
Entry: Koha
We have a culture of mutual respect at Poetry Live. 
Rough Program
8pm: Immi Paterson
8.30ish: Short Break
8:45ish: Open Mic (6 only)
9:15ish: Short Break
9:30ish: Harley Neville
10ish: Short Break
10:15ish: Open Mic
Times may vary. Come at any time.
If you are signing up for open mic the book goes up about 7:30pm. 

18th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Leanne Rattray

And our featured poet this week is a familiar face and long time member of the Poetry Live Whanau, Leanne Rattray! Leanne is an accountant from Gisborne who has been writing poetry since childhood and started performing her pieces in 1997.She published her book “Who the Fork is Alice?” in 2012 and has been doing collaborations with other poets and musicians for the past 8 years. She is a self confessed “poetry whore” who loves nothing more than sharing her words on stage.

Guest Musician: Emma Cooper-Williams

Our guest musician this week is Emma Cooper-Williams, Emma is a singer songwriter who has been writing and performing her own music for the past nine years. Her biggest achievement has been winning the Play It Strange Peace Competition in 2014, which gave her the opportunity to spend 6 weeks playing music in Japan. In February she released her debut EP titled ‘A Reminder’, and has played at numerous events, including the Arts Access Awards held at the New Zealand Parliament in August 2018.

MC: Sophie
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

11th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Frank

“Some people call me Frank, I am a poet. I was born here but I am not from here. These are the good days.” – Frank

Guest Musician: Bobandii

“Bobandii is the Warkworth born artist who resides within the local hiphop scene, focusing on pushing multidisciplinary forms of media.
After releasing two full length projects, Of the Forest (2017) and Luminescence (2018) Bobandii is focusing on personal growth within his many different forms of expression.”

MC: Kate
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

4th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Karlo Mila

Karlo Mila has published two collections of poetry, the first of which won the ‘Best first book award’ in the NZ literature awards in 2005. She is widely anthologised and regularly performs poetry and runs writing workshops. Her day job is in indigenous leadership and activating ancestral knowledge into contemporary lives, via Mana Moana, which is based on her postdoctoral research. Karlo lives in Owairaka with her three boys.

Guest Musician: Him

Him AKA Jazmine Rose Phillips is a musician and performance artist. She seeks to embrace the grit and beauty of the human experience. Her creations use pleasure, pain, sound, spoken word, film, ritual and the female body/experience to evoke her audience to embody their emotional selves. her latest release “Kissing girls in the temple.” can be found here himsounds.bandcamp.com

MC: Simone
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

28th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Fern

Fern is a poet, singer, and songwriter with a few more tricks up her sleeve. She first read at Poetry Live a year ago, after she found out, by sheer chance, that a cult had been trying to recruit her 4 years previously. She wrote a poem, then a few more. Fern likes to tell a story and her eclectic history and hobbies make for some subject matter that occasionally rhymes. Sometimes. She’s bringing some you’ve heard before, and a few new yarns.

Guest Musician: Nick Brightwell

Nick Brightwell is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist. A 2 time winner at the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards, Nick’s performance is easy to listen to and a joy to experience. While he studied his art intensively in America at The University of Wisconsin, his repertoire is made up of music from around the world; Celtic, Blues and Country styles are all represented. Nick’s performance is a exploration of the limits of what the guitar can do, as well as a presentation of well-loved music.

MC: James
8pm Start – Muso, Short Open Mic, Poet, More Open Mic.
Come all ye Poets.
5 minute limit on Open Mic Thanks! 🙂

21st August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents Resurrection Night with

René Harrison and Golf Weather!

Celebrate National Poetry Week at Poetry Live by welcoming back Ressurection Night! A once yearly night where we celebrate the poets of our past. Come and read a work or two from one of your favourite bygone poets and even dress up as one of them! Prizes up for grabs!
To to help celebrate the night we have two fantastic special guests,
 first up our muso for the evening, Golf Weather.
A self recording artist, GolfWeather’s catalogue includes acoustic singer/songwriter vibes, with a strong folk influence while also featuring subtle production techniques.
“It’s almost like an inside joke; that these are songs recorded in my wardrobe. I treat it like a retreat, and when I emerge there’s usually some workable material” says the Auckland based artist.
GolfWeather is the solo project for budding musician Mitch Treleaven. He has studied performance, production and song craft at MAINZ and the University of Auckland respectively. The most of the songs have been written while studying, covering a broad range of subjects; from love stories to political commentaries.
And our featured poet for the evening is René Harrison.
”I’ve been bringing my ‘crippled aesthetics’ to Poetry church on and off since 1990. I like poetry’s power to unsettle normalcy. So forming images from a blind point of view, I find the fissures in authority where novelty may appear.”
The first half of Open Mic will be for Resurrected Poets.
Will be a cracking night! MC’d by the James Crompton, the resurrected Rachel Naomi and Kate Kelly.

14th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Stu McGregor

Stu is a newcomer to poetry. Poetry has become an important release valve and is glad to have found Poetry Live so welcoming. His first foray into poetry was in 1989 at a talent quest where he performed a now forgotten work “The Scottish Thistle” that failed to impress. As one judge said, “The best bit of the poem is that it finished right on the 2 minute bell. Thank the gods we didn’t have to sit through any more.” Despite thinking that this was the end of his career, Stu still wrote several unsuccessful love poems that were some say “tragically lost” when entrusted to the recipients. Twenty years passed and he found himself writing again by accident. Kate introduced him to poetry live so it’s all her fault.

Guest Musician: Karen Plimmer

For as long as she could talk and reach the keys on the piano Karen has had something to do with music. From writing her first songs at age 8, to studying with the likes of the late Jack Body in Wellington music has been her happy place and a powerful way to express thoughts. She grew up listening to Western Classical music with a grandmother who was generous and took her to numerous concerts. Later she studied Javanese Gamelan in Wellington and in more recent years she has followed her interest in Indian Classical music with Ustad Manjit Singh ji in Auckland.

She is looking forward to sharing some of her own songs, others which have been an go-to from various genres.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max
Koha please for our wonderful guests
MC Kate Kelly