6th June 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Karlo Mila

Karlo Mila is a Pasifika woman poet who has recently returned to Auckland.  She will be reading new works.  Karlo has two books of poetry and is widely published in New Zealand anthologies.

Guest Musician: Brendan & Alison Turner

There might be something wrong with Brendan & Alison Turner. As former members of Bond Street Bridge and The Bitter Years, they developed a strange love of driving long distances across the country, playing a mix of Americana/Folk/Country/Blues, with sweet bluegrass harmonies and songs where everybody gets shot. All of this to small crowds of people for very little money. This seems to keep them happy and mostly out of trouble.

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

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9th May 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ken Arkind

Ken Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work all over the world at hundreds of universities and literary festivals. He is the founding director of Denver Minor Disturbance, The Denver Youth Poet Laureate Program and a co-founder of the Jafa Poetry Slam. He has shared stages with Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyaka, Amy Goodman and Gil Scott Heron just to name a few. Ken is the author of Denver (Fast Geek Press, 2013), Coyotes (Penmanship, 2014) and has recently completed his BCA in Creative Writing from MIT’s faculty of Creative Arts in Otara. He works as a Poet/Youth Mentor for Action Education.

Guest Musician: Dubtext

Dubtext are now a three-piece, with maestro multi-percussionist Rob Mayo joining us on drums and assorted strange objects that ring, clank and knock. This adds considerable live impact to our show and a wider range of interesting sounds. Rob is a founding member of the world group Many Hands who have toured SE Asia and Japan and appeared at WOMAD a few years ago.

But the Dubtext electronic groove core is still present. And we will be working with the first set of open mic poets, providing an ambient soundtrack and vocal fx for those that want it.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

2nd May 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Brian Flaherty

Brian Flaherty is a digital (sometimes analogue) poet / a librarian / a long-time collaborator on the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre / co-editor of online journal Trout / an addicted traveller.

See some of Brian’s digital poetry here: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/digital/flaherty/

Guest Musician: Mike Krishnan Jones

Mike Krishnan Jones is a guitarist, singer and entertainer from Wales. He moved to New Zealand seven years ago and has been plying his trade as the frontman of popular duo Pat For President ever since. His  lyrics  provide food for thought through social observations and his folky delivery will have audiences enthralled!

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

18th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Adam David Rohe

Adam has rediscovered poetry only a year ago. His writing has been his lifeline, his lover and his confidant since then.

Guest Musician: Cricket Farm

Cricket Farm make music for hopeless romantic conspiracy theorists, and play for whoever is listening.

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Sophie

11th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: David Eggleton

David Eggleton is a poet and writer based in Dunedin. He has published a number of poetry collections, and one collection of short fiction. His stories have appeared in various anthologies of Best New Zealand Fiction and elsewhere. His non-fiction books include:  Towards Aotearoa: a Short History of Twentieth Century New Zealand Art; Into the Light: a History of New Zealand Photography, and Ready to Fly: the Story of New Zealand Rock Music. As a poet he has also worked extensively alongside many musicians, including Martin Phillipps, Jay Clarkson and Otis Mace.

Guest Musician: George Henderson


George Henderon has led Dunedin band The Puddle since the early 80s, writing over a hundred songs, for the most part melodic and lyrically involved. He can also be found playing with The New Existentialists in Auckland. The Puddle’s albums can be found on Bandcamp, and the New Existentialists have a 7” single due out on SpaceCase Records later this year.

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

4th April 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: James Crompton

James has been to Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn and back, tasted the Milky Way,
and been through Seventh Heaven and Seventh Hell.
He is Universally as a oppose to worldly
And aspires to maintain innocence through experience.
He is part Maori, part Lebanese, part English and part Scottish and that leaves his left leg unaccounted for.
His Nana lived to 100.
His grandma’s second cousin wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
And his mother beat cancer.
He has lived through The Leaves Of Autumn, The Dead Of Winter, The Birth Of Spring and The Heat of Summer and made Aspiration to the beyond,
and now is back to share with you the whole gamut of Everything.

Guest Musician: Being (solo)

Sifting through the anxieties of an analytical mind Jasmine (aka Being.) confronts streams of mind-mess and common threads. Lush layers and drones render the chaotic into a soundscape of peaceful melancholy that is Being…

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Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

21st March 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Devon Webb

Devon is a young Auckland-based poet who’s work focuses largely on themes of womanhood, youth and sexuality. She endeavors to use her writing to help eradicate stigmas within society and to bring controversial topics out into the open.

Guest Musician: Permission to Speak

Permission to speak is the brainchild of songwriter Jono, who continuously produces demos either alone or with the other band members under Permission to Speak’s name while playing shows wherever his travels might compel him to go. Permission to speak is 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

14th March 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ria Masae

Ria Masae is undertaking a BCA at MIT. She won the ‘2015 New Voices: Emerging Poets Competition’, as well as the ‘2016 Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition’. Publications that have shared her works include, Landfall, Snorkel, Ika, and Otoliths. Ria was stoked to have her poetry translated into Spanish on the online Mexican literary journal, Círculo de Poesía last year. When she is not busy being a taxi driver for her “SuperActiveGirl” oldest daughter who has joined gazillion extra curriculum activities this year, she can be found frantically searching google in an attempt to understand her “Professor” youngest daughter’s brilliant thinking and language.

Guest Musician: Lisa Lacey Clarke

Lisa Clarke otherwise known as Lacey, since she could remember she always had a passion for anything involving music but only started taking a serious interest in singing when she was around 14 years old. Strongly supported by her father she was pushed into making certain connections in the music industry. Over the years she developed her artistry, more specifically when she started studying at MIT where she received a Bachelor in Performing Arts. Here she was able to attain more knowledge, inspiration and connections – not just in the music department but in dance, acting, literature and art. Highly influenced by mostly authentic Māori artists she was later involved in a song writing development programme for aspiring young Māori artists where she was mentored by the likes of Robert Ruha, Ria Hall, Seth Haapu and Maisey Rika. Over the years her main focus has been to develop and find her own unique, authentic and artistic self.

 

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael

7th March 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Anna Forsyth

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Anna is a kiwi poet and editor living in Melbourne. Her poems and short stories have appeared in journals, such as Landfall, Headland and Poetry NZ and her first collection is A Tender Moment Between Strangers. In her copious spare time, she moonlights as musician, Grace Pageant. She is currently working on a second collection of poems, Beatific Toast.

Guest Musician: Panhandlers

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Panhandlers is the inspired pairing of writer Callum Gentleman and guitarist Joel Vinsen. It’s like Lou Reed jamming with Louis Carol, while Brian Eno gets high with Sam Hunt and Fred Frith peeps in through the window. With brutal grace, they tell tales of the street, narrated by voice, prepared guitar and pedals. Panhandlers blur the lines between poetry and music, music and theatre, theatre and gig. No two gigs are the same; even Panhandlers themselves never know how it will end up.

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soundcloud.com/panhandlers-nz

youtube.com/user/panhandlersnz

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kiri

14th February 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Michael Moore

michael-mMichael is a Father before anything else, blessed with two wonderful daughters who teach him every day and give his life purpose. A youth worker by trade, Michael has crafted his poetry around breaking cycles; using his voice to uplift and unearth the voices in others’, a student of his good friend Michelle Durey’s legacy to grow spoken word and enrich others’ lives in the process. While finding time to perform has become scarce, Michael is privileged to begin performing in 2017 back where it all started for many of us.

Guest Musician: Bernie Griffen &  Kirsten Warner

kirsten-bernieBernie Griffen’s original music is dubbed roughhouse or psychedelic folk. His songs are melodic, soulful tales of a life well and truly lived on the fringes, full of love, pathos and colourful stories.  Bernie’s the host of 95 bFM’s roots music show Border Radio.

He combines his talents with poet and musician Kirsten Warner, a regular reader around Auckland and former chair of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

Their third album recorded last year in Melbourne is due out in the next few months.

Open Mic  all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Rachael