News from the world of poetry
What else are MPU committee members involved in?
Poetry at Night Heron, hosted by MPUs Loran Steinberg, has been on hiatus and will be back soon on a new night. Well let you know soon as we know.
The Night Heron Poetry Reading, also known as 'A Very Exciting Poetry Reading' can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/nightheronpoetryreading/ Generally the gig consists of two features, open mic and special poetic effects (the two line group piece set to music is unique). Poets are also encouraged to read the work of other poets and to follow the monthly themes.
George, Loran and Steve from the MPU Committee run a weekly event in Footscray that combines all artforms (including poetry, yes)...
The weekly Sloth Arts Wednesdays can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/SlothArtsWednesdays
Each week S.A.W. presents a range of artists working in disciplines from dance to poetry to wild performance art, along with everything else you can think of.
What else are MPU members involved in?
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Wendy Fleming has moved down Geelong way, but Poets @ Watsonia continues.
Poets @ Watsonia can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/poetswat2/ but the basic gist is that the gig is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, alternating between readings and workshops. Steve calls it the MPU renegade gig and boy they're cheeky at Poets @ Watsonia :-) It's a great reading with a big heart.
Melbourne Spoken Word
MSW is the hub of promotion for all poetry events in our fair city. Benjamin Solah and his team do a hell of a job letting the regular poetry junkies know what's where, and also bringing in new audiences. The site features a comprehensive gig guide, reviews, interviews and multimedia content.
Australia Poetry exists as a national poetry body to interconnect and support a flourishing community of Australian poets, to enhance and promote their poetry, here and internationally, and to reach and engage directly with readers, lovers and potential admirers of Australian poetry, and promoters of it.
Hares & Hyenas
One of our favourite venues.
Melbourne's sexuality and gender diverse (queer) bookshop is set off Brunswick Street in the heart of Spanishtown at 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. With a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles, coffee table books, erotica, DVDs, cards and the latest magazines from around the world, as well as tickets to all the main queer events, Hares & Hyenas is the one-stop shop for all your queer reading and entertainment needs.
The Hare Hole is the name of the performance venue at Hares & Hyenas, which seats 75 people and is licensed for 80 for other events. The Hare Hole is available for events of all sorts, private functions, performances, panel discussions, meetings and more. Contact us if you would like to speak to us about bringing your next milestone event here.
For 25 years, Writers Victoria has been a leading provider of information, resources and skills development for the Australian literary community.
Their purpose is to support and connect writers at all stages of development - from beginners to professional published and performed writers - and to support the next generation of new Australian voices.
Their annual program includes writing courses and workshops, networking and industry events, mentorships, manuscript assessments, writers’ studios, fellowships, publications and resources.
Express Media, a not-for-profit writing and media organisation for young artists, was established in 1985, the International Youth Year. On receiving a grant from the federal government, the organisation was dedicated to empowering young people to become the new voice in Australian media and to workshop writing, publishing and broadcasting in all their forms.
They continue to this day to be the peak body for youth literature (under 25) in Australia. Express Media publishes the vibrant youth lit journal 'Voiceworks'. Their staff, volunteers and editorial committee are all under 25 themselves so they're not full of shit about their youth status