LA MAMA POETICA: SUMMER
Featuring featuring Nathan Curnow, Kylie Supski, Kent MacCarter & Gaylene Carbis
La Mama presented poetry for the first time in 1967 with Glen Tomesetti and Kris Hemmensley. Following these wonderful events, Mal Morgan began to organize 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.
KYLIE SUPSKI is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word artist, and the winner of the 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Audio recordings of her work have been published in the MSW Audacious anthology and Girls On Key’s G-Force. She has featured at various spoken word events, including ‘We Run With Wolves’, ‘Two Steps on the Water’ at the Gasome…ter Hotel, and ‘Thinking of Master Plan’ hip hop night. Kylie collaborated on the immersive theatre production ‘The 10CS’ by Metonoia Theatre, and was also involved in the ‘Queering The Body’ production at Theatre Works and the VCA ‘Glory’ project during the 2014 AIDS Conference. Kylie’s poems discuss her personal experience as a transgender woman, and she is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out against global economic and political inequaity.
NATHAN CURNOW is an award-winning poet, performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. His work features in numerous issues of Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems, and his previous books include The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR, and The Right Wrong Notes.His most recent collection The Apocalypse Awards is inspired by the absurdity of the modern world and charts our collective obsession with the end times. He is a recipient of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, teaches creative writing at Federation University, and is a co-host of the Youtube series Cooking Classic Poems.
GAYLENE CARBIS is an award-winning writer whose plays, poetry and prose have been published and performed in Australia and overseas. Gaylene was awarded a Poetry Scholarship to the Banff Arts Centre (Canada) and she read her work in New York and Canada, 2012. Gayelene has been recently shortlisted for: MPU Poetry Prize; Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize; Montreal International Poetry Prize; Fish International Prizes (Ireland) for: poetry, memoir, and short Story; The Age Short Story Award; Australian Book Review Short Story Prize, work & tumble’s Poetry Chapbook Award; and Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award. Gayelene’s new one-woman show was performed in New York in 2016. Her first book of poetry, Anecdotal Evidence, will be published by Five Islands Press, 2017.
KENT MACCARTER is a writer, editor and the Managing Editor and Publisher at Site Design, who lives in Castlemaine, with his wife and son. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Montana, a BA in Finance from the University of Montana, and an MA in English with a focus on Creative Writing from University of Melbourne. His publishing career began at University of Chicago Press in 2000, and since then he has worked with educational publishers Cengage Learning and Curriculum Press in Australia. He’s the author of three poetry collections: ‘In the Hungry Middle of Here’ (Transit Lounge, 2009), ‘Ribosome Spreadsheet’ (Picaro Press, 2011) and ‘Sputnik’s Cousin’ (Transit Lounge, 2014). He was also the editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), a non-fiction collection of diasporic memoir. In 2012 he received a Fulbright Travel Award to attend writing festivals and lecture at Indonesian universities.