LA MAMA POETICA NIGHT
La Mama Poetica is a night of some of the best spoken word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer.
October 6 features Melinda Smith, Robbie Coburn, Fleassy Malay and Kenneth Smeaton
Melinda Smith won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for her fourth poetry collection, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). This year she has performed at the Sydney and Newcastle Writers’ Festivals, and the National Folk Festival. Female experience and humour feature strongly in her work. She also likes to play with text and technology, using acrostics, cut-ups, anagrams, hidden quotations, Twitter syntax, GoogleSculptures, and cento-generator software. Some text installations of hers are currently on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She lives in Canberra.
Robbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and lives in the rural district of Woodstock, Victoria. His poetry and criticism have been published in various Australian journals. He has published a collection, Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013), as well as several chapbooks and pamphlets. Bend River Mountain, an anthology with Stuart Barnes, Nathan Hondros, Rose Hunter, Carly-Jay Metcalfe and Michele Seminara, will be published by Regime Books in 2015.
His latest chapbook ‘Mad Songs’ is due out this summer, and his second collection ‘The Other Flesh’ is forthcoming.
Fleassy Malay is a spoken word artist from the UK. After many years of performing and hosting events, including Hammer and Tongue in the UK, she embarked on a 3 year overland trip to Australia and now resides in Melbourne. She convenes the popular spoken word event Mother Tongue. Her quirky, theatrical and emotive performance style leaves audiences both laughing and crying and occasionally both. Fleassy incorporates both her theatre background with her love of hip hop and poetry to create unique stories and poems. She also teaches six-week spoken word courses looking at the power of vulnerability and honesty both on and off the stage. Fleassy has also worked in circus and theatre since she was a child, including working in the war zone on the Thai/Burmese border with refugee and local children.
Kenneth Smeaton entered the Melbourne poetry scene from the age of twenty, as part of The Street Poets, who declared poetry the supreme art form because it is the most difficult to master. Smeaton has been part of the creative milieu of Australia for forty years. He has released four collections of poetry: White Sheet, Coooeee, Red Face, and Love Poet Live. He was the Director of the Boroondara Literary Festival from 1997-1999. He established The Radical Poets series of events, achieved funding for the first national poetry festival. He has featured at countless literary events and has archived and documented the performances of various Melbourne poets, through his You Tube series of short films Real Poetry Movies.