LA MAMA POETICA NIGHT
La Mama Poetica is a night of some of the best spoken word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer.
August 16 features Joel Deane, Sam Ferrante, Alana Kelsall and Komninos
Komninos Zervos has taken his poetry to schools, community groups, hotels, music venues, prisons and coffee lounges, among other places. He has published two collections of poetry with the University of Queensland Press (Komninos, 1991, and Komninos by the Kupful, 1995), a collection of poetry for children, published by Oxford University Press (The Baby Rap and Other Poems, 1992); and a hardcover illustrated children’s picture book published by Harper Collins (1991). In 1992 he received the Australian Human Rights Award for literature, and in 1993 he was awarded the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Arts. In 1997 he travelled to London to be writer in residence at Artec, a multimedia training and resource centre in Islington, where he authored a cd-rom, Cyberpoetry Underground. He also convened the Cyber Studies major at the School of Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, from 1999 to 2007. Komninos’s poetry is taught in schools and is on the syllabus for year 12 HSC Standard English in NSW.
Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY, Ireland, and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin’s Slam Sunday, Sam is now a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong. She is also Editor-in-Chief for online magazine, CrowdInk, and a regular attendee of as many poetry events as she can cram into a week. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up got rave reviews from her mom.
Alana Kelsall is a published poet and short story writer who has taught poetry at the CAE and regularly facilitates creative writing workshops for several neighbourhood houses. A chapbook, the distance between us, was published last year with Melbourne Poets’ Union, comprising most of her published and prize-winning poems, including the Ada Cambridge Poetry prize in 2014, a commended in the Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize in 2010 and her longest poem, the title poem, shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Competition in the same year. She is currently completing a novel about one of her travels, a five-year stay in Japan.
Joel Deane is poet, novelist, journalist and speechwriter. He grew up in regional Victoria and worked as a tabloid journalist, in Melbourne and San Francisco, and then became a speechwriter for the ALP. His non-fiction debut, Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power (2015), was a finalist for the Walkley Award. His most recent novel, The Norseman’s Song (2010), was named one of the best books of the year by The Age. His most recent collection of poetry, Magisterium (2008), was a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. His poetry was anthologised in UQP’s Thirty Australian Poets (2011), and his debut collection, Subterranean Radio Songs (2005), was shortlisted in the Anne Elder Award. Deane’s fourth collection of poetry, Year of the Wasp, has just been published by Hunter Publishers.