Tuesday, November 12, 2013


and it look how excited he is...

(jumpy photo by Lawrence Schwartzwald)

So yes, once more unto the Sweet, we are back to bring you one of Slam Poetry living legends BOB HOLMAN. Yessir, Melbourne-town is lucky enough to catch him passing through Australia and we've assembled a suitably big-deal local line up. 

I'm voltroning together feature readings from EMLIE ZOEY BAKER, ANTHONY WP O'SULLIVAN. With live music from PHILEMON, and hosting it myself.

 Meanwhile, here's how it is with the rest of the giant robot lions...


The founder/proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and producer of the award-winning Public Broadcasting System series, THE UNITED STATES OF POETRY.  He has published sixteen books of poetry if you include CDs and DVDs (which he does), and is currently working on two Endangered Language Projects: Lost Wor(l)ds: A Poem of Many Tongues, with each line from a different minority/endangered tongue; and “Word Up! Language Matters with Bob Holman,” a 90-minute special on Endangered Languages for PBS.

(if you are not seeing a YouTube window on Mr Holman, then click here)

More info on Bob: 


Published award winning poet and slam champion, Emilie has performed poetry all around the world, and is the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival's Slam!Review. She has toured internationally and teaches poetry in both primary and high schools and is co-co-ordinator of Liner Notes a spoken word tribute to a classic album now in its 9th year performed as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2014 she will be core faculty at Canada's Banff Centre for their annual Spoken Word Program along with her third tour of Canada. 

(if you are not seeing a YouTube window on Ms Baker, then click here)

More info on Emilie: 


Long time convener of Melbourne legendary Tuesday-night Melbourne poetry reading The Spinning Room A writer, musician, performer, poet and gig convener who enjoys spreading a little too much of himself and his personal life across the internet. His family still talks to him but he has very few friends. He runs the sporadic Bar Stanza readings and spent the early part of 2013 talking his particular brand of idiotic prattle across Europe, where he performed at various festivals and clubs to sizeable crowds who seemed attentive for real cash money and drinks. He occasionally likes himself too much and often loathes himself a lot.

(if you are not seeing a YouTube window on Mr O'Sullivan, then click here)

More info on Anthony:


Philemon (aka Lia Avene) writes music of average length and usually in E major.  Songs for the abyss, because life is hard, and even great cavernous black holes need a lullaby from time to time.  She is currently working on increasing her lung capacity by breathing only every five strokes while swimming. The result is dizziness and water snorting. Philemon has been hailed as literally the worst ever bio writer claiming that 'writing your own bio is like trying to sneak a finger up your own butt without yourself noticing'.  An up and coming solo musician, Philemon is constantly gigging around town and captivating audiences.

Rather than embedding a video of Randall tsk tsk'ing Philemon for not in turn having a better video for him to link to, let's go look at a link leading to samples of Philemon's actual music:  http://www.soundcloud.com/philemonmusic

And for more info on Philemon, please check out and like:

and then there's me, and I'm pretty good too, an' stuff:


 (because fuck you and why the hell not). This will probably one of my very-last live performances for quite some time, apropos:

(if you are not seeing a YouTube window on Mr Stephens... you're missing out so click here)


So yeah, next Tuesday at the John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon Street Carlton

$10 entry / or $8 for MPU members, speaking of which:

Proudly sponsored by the Melbourne Poets Union

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