8th November 2016 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Miriam Barr
Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based page and performance poet with a background in psychology. 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 and is currently National Coordinator of New Zealand’s annual National Poetry Day.
Guest Musician: Emma Walter
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. As someone who has navigated the dark night of my own soul and continues to, I am passionate about courageous, authentic relaying of my story to encourage others to do the same, to find connection, mana and healing. I don’t like to see anyone withheld rights to an equitable footing. I write songs 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.