Monday, March 27, 2017

Fighting Poetry at You Are Here 2017, 9pm, Wednesday 6 April, the You Are Here Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

Fighting Poetry
About
Once someone said to Andrew they wanted to go to an event, ‘because a bespoke poem had been written for a pop-up venue’ and Andrew wanted to punch that person in the face. Instead he wrote a poem about carpets. He questions, is there a need to fight poetry, how violent do we need to be with poetry, does poetry afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted or is it the reverse, and is it just too easy to go with aggression? Fighting poetry isn’t a lifelong commitment, it is bloody victory and whimpering defeat.

Watch Andrew fight poetry as part of You Are Here.

Artist
Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Verity La and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.

This event is presented as part of the You Are Here Festival 2017. For the full YAH17 program, please visit: www.youareherecanberra.com.au

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Newcastle Writers Festival

I am part of the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival. As one of the people who created and runs BAD!LSAM!NO!BISCUIT! I was invited to be part of the Slam! Poetry and Performance panel on the Saturday. The panel includes Australian Poetry Slam founder Myles Merril, and Sarah Mansour from Bankstown Poetry Slam. David Grantham will be the host. I am looking forward to the discussion and learning about some of the different poetry slams that are run in Australia.

On the Sunday I will be performing some of my work alongside Michael Aiken, Magdalena Ball, Joanne burns, Eileen Chong, John Foulcher, Judy Johnson, Sara Mansour, Ravi Nagaveeran, Philip Salom, Berndt Sellheim, Melinda Smith and Maggie Walsh as part of Port of Newcastle – Poetry in the Place.


I lived in Newcastle for about ten years, mostly in the East End, Cooks Hill and Bar Beach but I haven’t been back since one of the early This is Not Art festivals, so I am looking forward to seeing how much it has changed. The Newcastle Writers Festival runs from 7-9 April, the events I am part of are free, come along and check them out.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB, 7:30PM WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IS THE POETRY SLAM

AND BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! GIVES YOU 2 MINUTES ON STAGE WITH YOUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL NO PROPS NO MUSIC ALL FOR FIRST PRIZES!

Yes, Judges, audience, sound, music, yelling, murmuring, bar, bar staff, toilets, back alley dumpster, new door, old door, feature acts, MCs, score adding, Score Adder, sacrificial poets, stools, lounges, lighting, poetry, negative infinities, conflict, tens, The Master of Conflict, random introductions, poets, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants it all and gives it to you for POETRY SLAM!

AND WE HAVE FEATURE ACTS

This Band Will Self Destruct Vol. 1!

Nick Delatovic spent 2016 forming bands. Each band only existed for one day. Every song they wrote got it's own music video complete with costumes, sets and a story. Every song was played live, and then never again. These 12 music videos chart a doomed attempt to make sense of the world through pop music.

THIS IS PART 1 OF THREE PARTS, LOOK FOR MORE ANNOUNCMENTS IN THE FUTURE

And!

Nick Delatovic will be singing the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Anthem Live!

And!

Georgina Vallance
Georgina Vallance is a lawyer by day and by other times the 2016 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION and the ACT Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Georgina is a Council Member of the Australian National University Young Alumni and a purveyor of fine smoked meats. Much of Georgina's poetry is focused on improving visibility and understanding of mental health issues faced by LGBTIQ people, the trials and tribulations of working in the legal industry and amusing true-to-life depictions of living in the wonderful city that is Canberra.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Victory! Prizes! Poetry Slam! Poetry!

Join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! for the Poetry Slam in the Phoenix Pub. East Row, Civic Bus Interchange, Civic.

Sign up from 7:30pm for poetry!
Poetry Slam from 8pm for poetry!
It’s is all over by 11:30pm for poetry!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own, issue 8


I have a poem in the latest and last issue of Pascalle Burton’s, Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own. This is issue 8 and it also features the work of Carody Culver, Ian Gibbins, Elena Kotasvili, Jackie Ryan, Nathan Shepherdson, Renee Vaughan Sutherland and Anne-Marie Te Whiu.


My piece is A transcript of the Dungeons & Dragons opening credits. I’ve included the video source below. The series was never concluded and so these six kids have been left trapped forever in the realm of Dungeons and Dragons.

Monday, March 06, 2017

New poems with Empty Mirror

I have three new poems with Empty Mirror

Published out of Washington State, the magazine has a heavy focus on the beats, but includes many types of literature, film, music, and art. Since I have been visiting there seems to have been a heavy focus on collage, which I have found interesting and led me to new artists who have provided influences on my writing. Particularly Hiromi Suzuki, whose work has inspired a poem forthcoming with M58 as well as others still in development. 
Check out the work of mine published by Empty Mirror and investigate some of the other artists found there. Thanks to Empty Mirror for publishing the poems.