LA MAMA POETICA: AUTUMN 2017
Poetry was first introduced to La Mama in 1967 by Glen Tomasetti, who ran a series of Sunday afternoons of poetry at Betty Burstall’s invitation. Then in 1968, Kris Hemensley and Bill Beard commenced regular Poets Workshops at what Kris referred to as the La Mama Café-Theatre which continued until late 1969. In 1975, the Poet’s Union performed at the theatre. Following these wonderful nights, Mal Morgan began to organise La Mama Poetica nights which took place every five weeks.
Now curated by Amanda Anastasi, La Mama Poetica remains a night of some of the best spoken word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer, with a diverse selection of both emerging and established poets.
MAY 16 | La Mama Courthouse
Featuring: Mark Tredinnick, Susan Fealy, Brendan Bonsack and Yvette Stubbs
MARK TREDINNICK – whose many books include ‘Almost Everything I Know’,’ Bluewren Cantos’, ‘Fire Diary’, ‘The Blue Plateau’, and ‘The Little Red Writing Book’— is a celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher. “One of our great poets of place,” Judy Beveridge has called him. His honours include the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prize, The Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards, and the Calibre Essay Prize. ‘The Blue Plateau’, his landscape memoir, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize. His next Australian collection of poems, ‘Days and Nights’, will be published by Pitt Street Poetry in mid-2017; a fourth collection, ‘Walking Underwater’, appears in the US (Hip Pocket Press) later that year. He’s just finished a collaboration, A Hundred Miles, As Ever, From Home: One Hundred Haiku, with poet Peter Annand and painter John R Walker. “Like the singing of the birds he loves,” Jean Kent has said, “Mark Tredinnick’s poetry feels artlessly beautiful.” Mark was the creative in residence in 2016 with landscape architects, TCL, and a poet in residence at the Sydney Botanical Gardens (in their 200th year).
SUSAN FEALY is a poet, reviewer and clinical psychologist. She began to write, perform and publish poetry in 2007, and featured in the New Poet series at the Dan O’Connell in March 2008. She often read her work on local radio and often performed her work at the Spinning Room, the Dan O’Connell, and Passionate Tongues up until she volunteered at Five Islands Press as a managing Co-editor (2009-2010). Her poetry has received twelve National Poetry Awards, winning the Henry Kendall Poetry Award and the NSW Society of Women Writers National Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in many journals, newspapers and anthologies, mostly in Australia but some have appeared in the United States, Sweden and India. Her work was chosen for the May 2016 Australian Poets issue of Poetry (Chicago).Her first collection of poems Flute of Milk has just been published by the University of Western Australia Press.
BRENDAN BONSACK is a poet and songwriter. His written work appears in print and online, and has been featured in Australian and European festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival, White Night, and the UNESCO Poems on the Walls project in Poland. His poetry is included in the audio journal, Audacious II, and on film at Moving Poems. Brendan was Runner Up in the 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. He has produced six books of poetry, including a collaborative work with poets from coastal Australia and the USA. He was recently anthologised by Pankhurst Press in the UK, and his latest collection, How Many, was published by the Australian Blank Rune Press in 2016.
YVETTE STUBBS is an award-winning poet, director, actor and writer. She convenes Café Arts in Gippsland, and runs the thematic page Eclectic Creators Unite. She was a finalist in the Victorian Poetry Slam in 2016, and won the annual Most Outstanding Dramatic Poem at The Hut in 2015. Yvette’s books include The Naked & the Clothed (with Jillian Durance) andBarbed Wire Kisses in 2016. Her chapbooks include Sweet Shadows, Poems of Angsty Mirth, Slush in my Bathtub and A Breast of Things. Yvette is currently working on short plays incorporating poetry, for tour in late 2017, and a new book for publication in early 2018.