Sue Reidy

Sue Reidy

Sue Reidy

Sue Reidy has written short stories and novels and has won prizes, awards and the 2000 Buddle Finlay Sargeson Writers Fellowship.
Her first short story collection was set in South East Asia, defying notions of realism with often humorous results.
Her first novel was set in the context of 1960s New Zealand Catholicism.
Reidy has also worked as a practitioner and teacher of design and illustration.
Her poetry often casts an ironic eye at language and popular culture.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead

Sth Auck Poets Collective

Sth Auck Poets Collective

Sth Auck Poets Collective

From a 2007 meeting of friends sharing some pizza boxes at a Youthline building, the group formed with the support of the Youthline Trust.
The Collective has grown into a diverse group of poets, singers, musicians, writers and performers.
Last year they released a book and DVD of their work with the support of Creative New Zealand. South Auckland Poets Collective brings to voice the urban Pacific and Maori experience, using the power of poetry and spoken word to inspire, create and educate.
It’s street poetry in the Def Jam style, telling stories of their own lives.
Armed with their voices and notebooks, they defy the negative stereotypes of Maori and Pacific youth in Manukau and substitute a new story – of a group of young people, gifted and brown, brought together by their love of poetry.
Zane Scarborough – A father. A husband. A poet. A youth-worker of sorts. A member of the South Auckland Poets Collective. a loud mouth. a believer in God. Zanes poetry is clever, witty, heart-felt and always captivating, he writes about life experiences, his wife, his son and highschool.
Clara Jane Sione – A lover of the arts, based in Otara, she refers to her poetry as mental notes learning how to speak. she writes of imagination, her life in south auckland and her family.
Dietrich Solokai – A Youth worker, who lives in Manukau. Poetry always written with the intent to thought prevoke listeners. Dietrich has written pieces about Faith, finding love and the want to ‘Sky Dive’ through life. Marina Alefosio – A musician and mother of two from Manurewa, her poetry touches on common misconceptions of relationships and love. “If its love that we are seeking, it should be love that we are seeking’.
www.zanescarborough.com/south-auckland-poets-collective.html

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson’s training as an actress is evident in her powerful performance of her often political poems.
On National Poetry Day she also offers a preview from her up-coming novel, The Open World, set in 19th century Auckland and London, which has a link to the poetry of Byron.
A purposeful sense of such larger concerns balances novelist, poet and dramatist Johnson’s precision with the small details of situation, character and voice that give veracity and colour.
Co-founder of the Auckland Writer’s and Readers Festival, Johnson has published collections of poetry and short stories, and her numerous novels have received many significant awards.
Her dramatic work for stage and radio is similarly recognised.
Johnson’s writing is not restricted to any particular genre, and her subject matter varies between books, her style ‘marked by a dry irony, a sharp-edged humour’.
Her writing is recognized locally and internationally, and the awards she has been nominated for reflect her broad appeal.
Guest poet @ In VOICE and Music @ Pah 22 July 2011 National Poetry Day

Siri Embla Risnes

Siri Embla Risnes

Siri Embla Risnes

International freelance performance artist with a long history and a wide range of skills (acting, physical theatre, dance, improvisation, singing/songwriter, video, poetry, clowning.
Trained at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Contemporary Performance, WAAPA), Baardar Academy of Musical Theatre in Norway, and spent one year with master improviser Al Wunder (theatre of the ordinary).
Work experience range from small improvised solos to big musical ensembles like Chess (2006) and Les Miserablès (2003).
Toured the devised multimedia poetry theatre show ”Lovers Walk – A Poetic Journey in 8 Scenes” together with Gus Simonovic in Europe (incl Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011) and NZ.
Instigated the kinetic poetry ensemble ”The White Wall” , which performs improvised site specific pieces on a regular basis in New Zealand (Prana 2012, First Thursdays K’rd, InVoice & Music – Wallace Arts Gallery, Whitespace Contemporary Gallery).
Previous vocalist in Macombee & The Absolute Truth, headlining New Years Eve at Prana festival 2010.
Played in “Helter” (2012), ”Amanda Fra Haugesund” (2011).
Works for Printable Reality NZ, devising new poetry theatre fusing it with dance and other art forms. Ready with Insomnia in a Daydream for Auckland Fringe 2013 and tour. Her main focus is to create connections between people and the environment. To create space for thought and feeling, to allow senses to expand into new dimensions through poetry of words and movement, telling stories for the heart and soul. She loves collaborating with other artists and aim to continuously create new work.

Siobhan Harvey

Siobhan Harvey

Siobhan Harvey

Siobhan Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Lost Relatives (Steele Roberts, 2011), Words Chosen Carefully:New Zealand Writers in Discussion (Cape Catley, 2010) and Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Godwit, 2009).
In 2009 she was Auckland Regional Council Writer in Residence.
In 2010 her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize (US).
She also works as Coordinator of National Poetry Day, an Editor for the Poetry Archive in the UK and Poetry Editor of Takahe Magazine.Siobhan Harvey’s page at www.bookcouncil.org.nz
Her poem An occasional boat is part of Aotearoa Found in Translation and is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013

Simone Kaho

Simone Kaho

Simone Kaho

Simone Kaho gained an MA in Creative Writing in 2010 with distinction and project scholarship.
She considers the performance of poetry to be as important as its publication on the page and has performed at the 2010 Side Stream Poetry Brothel, with Hinemoana Baker at the launch of her second book Koiwi Koiwi, and at the opening of the Aotea Square in Auckland.
Over 2010 she ran and MC’d two events; Poetry at Our Edge of the Universe – a poetry/music/music event for National Poetry Day 2010, and Poetry Pick’n’Mix – an alternative take on slam poetry.
Her work has been published in Turbine and The Dominion Post.

Saray Torres de Riddell

Saray Torres de Riddell

Saray Torres de Riddell

Saray Torres de Riddell has been a university language teacher and translator in Colombia and New Zealand. She holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Auckland.
In 2002 she was the interpreter of linguist Noam Chomsky’s at Universidad Nacional- Medellin where she worked for many years.
Interpreter and literary workshop leader for a Latin American Women’s Group in London. For five years she was a translator, event organizer and presenter for Corporación de Arte y Poesía Prometeo which organizes the International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia.
She has also translated poetry for a number of international poets who have attended the festival in Medellin and for several New Zealand writers among them Ron Riddell. Cofounded the Wellington International Poetry Festival.

Sarah Marlowe Spence

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shares sacred songs and chants in the medium of voice and guitar or harmonium.
Songs are in the style of ‘inspirational folk’, with sanskrit melted into some to uplift on a different level.
With a pure soaring soprano voice, this music is another good reason to pause in the midst of busy life.
“Feelings are what connect us to life and to one another.
To be able to feel is one of the extraordinary gifts of humanity.
To neither suppress our feelings nor be caught by them,but to understand them – that is the art.”
www.premratnamusic.com

Sam Sampson

Sam Sampson

Sam Sampson

Sam Sampson’s first book of poems, Everything Talks, was published in 2008 and won the Montana Best First Book of Poetry award.
Sam lives in Auckland with his partner and daughter.
Part of in VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead

Sali Simwinga

Sali Simwinga

Sali Simwinga

Zambian-born Sali moved to England when she was 11 and to New Zealand when she was 16.
Being part of the diaspora has been a strong influence on her writing which was originally inspired by her nurse mother and military turned probation officer father.
More recently poetry has become an essential way of exploring and expressing her experience of being an immigrant in a culture unfamiliar with Africa.

Ron Riddell

Ron Riddell

Ron Riddell

Writer and peace-advocate, Arts graduate of Auckland University, he has been involved in a number of peace and cultural initiatives in Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, U.S.A. and New Zealand and has been the founder and organiser of many writers’ workshops and cultural gatherings in New Zealand, Great Britain and Colombia.
A painter, musician and the author of a number of plays and novels, he has published twenty-one collections of verse. In 2004 he was finalist in The Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. His verse collection, Leaves of Light was awarded The House of Poetry International Poetry Award for 2005. His latest verse collection is entitled The Oracle of Alexandria (2009) and his most recent novel, The Guardian of The Shield (2012).
His work has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Czech, Arabic, Turkish and Greek. Most recently he and his wife were performing poetry in Valencia, Barcelona, Brussels and Prague.

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan Read about Robert Sullivan’s poem engraved on the steps of the staires in front ofThe Auckland Ciity Libraries at Lorne Street.
As a significant NZ poet (Ngapuhi, Kai Tahu) and former Auckland central city librarian, Sullivan was the obvious choice to undertake a commissioned piece of poetry to reflect the area’s vibrant history.
Sullivan has had seven poetry collections published and won several New Zealand awards for his children’s writing and editing.
He was a poetry finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards for editing Mauri Ola, the follow-up anthology to the successful Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English.
He is currently head of the Manukau Institute of Technology’s new School of Creative Writing.

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Double International Sports player Robert Edwards trades in his boots for the Arts.
NZ Touch football player now turned Poet, Author and Theatre host.
Rob is the Founder of Auckland charity group called “Community Spiritrising” showcasing more than 150 emerging artists onto Auckland stages.
He is most passionate with mastering his poetry and ukulele and enjoys promoting his book “Rising Together”.
Rob also teaches his Goal Setting workshop in the community.
www.spiritrising.co.nz/

Riemke Ensing

Riemke Ensing

Riemke Ensing

12 books of poetry, including Talking pictures – Selected Poems, HeadworX (2000) and most recently O Lucky Man – Poems for the Charles Brasch centennial, Otakou Press, University of Otago (2009).
Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, periodicals and magazines both here and abroad and can be read on many websites, including UK Poetry Archive.
She was the recipient of Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow 2002.
Awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Poetry Award 2012.
Winner NZSA 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition.
www.ensing.co.nz

Rasam

Rasam

Rasam

At only 21 Rasam has already established himself as one of New Zealand’s finest up and coming musicians.
His versatility as an MC/Singer enables him to cater to almost all the modern popular genres with Reggae, Hip Hop and Dub step being his strongest niche.
The past year has seen Re come to the forefront of the New Zealand Dub step & Drum & Bass scene.
He has opened for a large number of the heavyweights in the NZ electronica scene.
Rasam is also the founder and owner of DUBJB Music NZ Ltd – an events and promotion business set up to support and promote New Zealand music.
Rasam has a diploma in Audio Engineering and is currently completing a degree in Recording Arts with SAE Institute.
Rasam has been involved in all aspects of the New Zealand music industry for well over 5 years.
Being a professional musician, promoter, band manager, music teacher and audio engineer has given him a vast knowledge and a clear understanding of what is required to become successful in the New Zealand music Industry.

Randall $tephens

Randall $tephens

Randall $tephens

Randall $tephens is the last angry man, he was the first one too.
He doesn’t suffer fools.
He doesn’t ride a bike that doesn’t have brakes.
He doesn’t get stuck in traffic.
He doesn’t use phrase like ‘l-o-l” and doesn’t tell people about his new kettle on facebook.
He does not believe in fairies (plop!).
He doesn’t play nice with the other poets. Randall $tephens does write poetry, He writes about all dinosaurs and cycling and travelling and breasts and being angry and being happy and sex at inappropriate times. He performs. Well. He does come from Melbourne.
He is on his way.

Raewyn Alexander

Raewyn Alexander

Raewyn Alexander

Raewyn Alexander writes novels, stories, poems, non-fiction, essays – and a blog read world-wide, promoting poetic journeys and trees for travel.
She’s also a UNITEC lecturer and Leisuretime Learning tutor, taking highly regarded writing courses.
A fourth generation New Zealander – French, Irish, Scots and English – originally from Hamilton, she’s travelled the world and now resides in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland.
Her work ranges far, tending to favour contemporary life, strong imagery, some highly politicised pieces and also, mysterious, fantastical explorations showing what she calls, “the infinite world within us, in a true, dynamic relationship with the material world.”A link to the first page of Alexander’s google resources Her poem hey Delilah, what’s happening in New York City? won poetry competition New Dialogues and New Beginnings and is published as well as possibly and in New Dialogues and New Beginings -Poetry Anthology 2013

Her work’s won prizes and been short-listed for major competitions; in 2014, a Miles Hughes Achievement Award prize-winner. Lately she’s working on a graphic poetry collection, soon having some poetry cartoons published in Three Words Anthology. Alexander’s poetic journeys to America and trees for travel blog is read world-wide.http://poeticjourneytoamerica.blogspot.co.nz/Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.

 

 

Peter Bland

Peter Bland

Peter Bland

Peter Bland will read from his 2010 collection “Loss” written after the death of his wife Beryl in 2009, and from current and early love poems.
He is possibly best known for his memorable role as a small-town conman Wes Pennington in the film “Came A Hot Friday”, but is equally acclaimed as raconteur, broadcaster, writer and poet for children and adults, published in new Zealand by Steele Roberts.
Peter Bland immigrated to New Zealand in 1954.
He was a co-founder and artistic director of Wellington’s Downstage Theatre, and since the 1970s he has divided his time between New Zealand and the UK and published widely in both countries.
Guest poet @ In VOICE and Music @ Pah 22 July 2011 National Poetry Day

Penny Somervaille

Penny Somervaille

Penny Somervaille

I was a ‘closet’ writer for a number of years, and finally in 1998 I was accepted to do a writing paper at Victoria University with Bill Manhire, and went on to complete a BA in English and Writing Studies at the University of Auckland as a mature part-time student.During that time I became interested in reading my own work at Poetry Live, The Lounge (Michele Leggott’s poetry readings at University) Rhythm & Verse at Lopdell House, the Pah Homestead, and other local venues.
I have been published in Raewyn Alexander’s Magazine ; Sidestream, Live Lines, PotRoast, Blackmail Press, and The Bridge Project on NZEPC .
I am currently one of four MC’s at Poetry Live at the Thirsty Dog.

Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton


Penny Ashton has performed over 500 solo shows and toured all over the world from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Edmonton to Singapore to Stewart Island. She has won numerous awards including Best Performance in a Comedy at the Auckland Fringe 2013 and best performance by an International Poet at the London Farrago Awards and been nominated for four Best NZ Female Comedienne nominations, three Adelaide Fringe People’s Choice nominations and Best Ricky Martin Rewrite at the Winnipeg Fringe 2007. Penny has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and has performed by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival. She has to eat and so has numerous fingers in numerous pies including poet, MC, comedienne, social commentator, TV presenter, Voice over artist, improviser, Wedding Celebrant and all around show-off. In her career Penny has created numerous solo shows and also group long form improv shows, which she produces, markets and tour manages herself.

Murray Edmond

Murray Edmond

Murray Edmond

Murray Edmond: Poet, essayist, playwright, dramaturge.
Latest volume of poetry, Walls to Kick and Hills to Sing from: A Comedy with Interruptions; dramaturge for Indian Ink Theatre Company, whose latest play, The Guru of Chai won best play of the year at the Chapman Tripp awards in 2011;
Editor of the on-line journal Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics; Associate-Professor in Drama at the University of Auckland.

Miho Wada

Miho Wada

Miho Wada

Miho Wada – Japanese Punk Jazz Miho Wada is a well established multi-instrumentalist and singer from Japan/New Zealand.
She has performed around the world touring with many groups, including performances at WOMAD festivals (Australia & NZ), Love Box festival (UK), Havana International Jazz Festival (Cuba), Tanja Latina Festival (Morocco) and Nagaoka Winter Festival (Japan).
She has recorded with Iggy Pop, performed with Jarvis Cocker, Nigel Kennedy, members of Buena Vista Social Club and Sierra Maestra.
She has also been mentored by Seun Kuti and toured around the world with Ska Cubano.
In 2009 Miho started her Japanese Punk Jazz (J-PJ) band based in Auckland, NZ.
She sings her songs with quirky lyrics in English and Japanese as well as improvising on flute and saxophone.
She is accompanied by the guitar, bass and drums, creating a unique mix of rock / punk / jazz / funk and contemporary world music.
Their fine musicianship and explosive instrumental solos create a dynamic atmosphere that flows from the stage.

Michelle Bolton

Michelle Bolton

Michelle Bolton

Although only “kiwi-bred”, this Canadian born Spanish-American poet considers NZ home.
A universal citizen by nurture, Michelle has spent her life all over the world and scribbling about it since she was able to hold a pen.
After attending film school in New York she returned home, fell in love with a kiwi and put pursuing her writing on hold to start her family.
Michelle has been published in “Blackmail Press issue 14”, the “NZ Poetry Org. -Winter Edition” and is a fledgling performance poet.
In 2005, she published her first book of poetry entitled “Wheel of the World”.
When she’s not hosting the new monthly event at the “The Library Bar”, Michelle spends her time raising her 3 kids and trying to complete a second collection of poetry.

Michael Botur

Michael Botur

Michael Botur

When Michael Botur gets sick of sitting in his armchair writing fiction, he gets up and performs poetry.
Botur has been published in Takahe, JAAM, Bravado, The Lumiere Reader, Prima Storia, Deep South, Catalyst, and a number of overseas journals including Weaponizer.co.uk.
He has a Masters in Creative Writing from AUT.
He is currently working on a case of beer and a new novel.
Botur also writes for Auckland arts magazine Renegade House: renegade house and Botur’s Fight Squad @ squadblog.tumblr.com & botur.tumblr.com
His poem Baggage is insluced in Aoteraoa Found in Translation and published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings -Poetry Anthology 2013

http://botur.tumblr.com/

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey was the runner up in this year’s Poetry Idol competition and the winner of the Utter Brilliance 90 Second slam.
He has performed in the U.K (London & Leeds) and also as part of the show “GUSH: Love and other filthy habits” in Christchurch and as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival.

Maris O’Rourke

Maris O'Rourke

Maris O’Rourke

Maris O’Rourke has been writing 5 years and published in a range of journals in NZ and overseas. She has been well placed in a number of competitions including the Caselberg, Robert Burns,SIWA and the Kevin Ireland.
She has published in Takahe, Poetry New Zealand, Bravado, Shot Glass Journal (USA), International Literary Quarterly (UK) and Side Stream.
Maris has been a guest poet in Poetry NZ and ‘a fine line’ and her work was included in ‘Aotearoa Found in Translation’.
In 2010 she was runner-up in the Auckland NZSA Sonnet competition and awarded an NZSA Mentorship.
Maris’s first children’s book ‘Lillibutt’s Big Adventure’ was published in 2012 (Duck Creek Press) and her first poetry collection ‘Singing With Both Throats’ was published in 2013 (David Ling).
Maris has been featured on Radio NZ’s 9 to noon and Arts On Sunday. She has also performed her work widely including the Fringe Festival’s spit.it.out and the Writers and Readers Festival.
Her poem Three Firsts was a winning poem in poetry competition New Dialogues and New Beginnings and was published with Intruders at the New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.

Tim Heath

Tim Heath

Tim Heath

“I spent my working life as a teacher, something I found worthwhile, even enjoyable, but have some regrets at taking this safe well and trodden path rather than having the courage to listen to the writer’s voice that was always whispering to me.
Since retiring I have slipped into the swift flowing waters of the river that is writing.
I am often very close to drowning, and have little hope of reaching the other side.
However, my head has been above water for long enough to allow me to have had three stories broadcast by Radio NZ, poems published in various magazines and some success in poetry slams.
I have ‘finished’ a novel, which has been rejected, usually politely, by various publishers.
In 2009, I completed the Masters of Creative Writing course at AUT.
My main interests are spending time with my eight grandchildren, cooking, gardening, playing golf and listening to others.
Whatever the time or place, I also have the joy of being able to hear, and obey, the voice that still whispers writing ideas somewhere inside my head.

The White Wall

The White Wall

The White Wall

“The White Wall” : poetic-kinetic-sculpture improv movement troupe engaging with their immediate environment in a very unique way.
Their performances are candid and responsive.
They are moving in nature and reflecting that through movement and stillness.
Nature! – whether it is the urban nature or the green nature or human nature or….
“We relate – we make connections –stories, poems, sculpture … in a moment- we breathe – we are still – we move – we keep moving …”
Performances: – The White Wall supported by Printable Reality was part of First Thursdays K Rd- A three hours improv in between Verona, Ironbank, Te Karanga Gallery & St Kevins arcade – connecting different venues as well as making connections with the people.
Creating a movie “Attend”with Siri Embla, Lou Taylor, Gus Simonovic and dubtext

Yvette Audain

Yvette Audain

Yvette Audain

Born and resident in Auckland, New Zealand, Yvette is a busy, prolific freelance composing musician, her principal instruments being saxophone and clarinet.
She holds a Master of Music in composition from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Bachelor of Music in composition and clarinet from the University of Auckland, from whence she also holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).
Yvette’s performance experience encompasses classical (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; New Zealand Opera), jazz (Brett’s New Internationals; the Frank E. Evans Band), folk (Doris; seisiuns and folk festivals throughout New Zealand), concert band (the Royal New Zealand Navy Band; the Band of the Wellington and Hawkes Bay Regiment), and free improvisation (Vitamin S).
Recent commissions include Walking Bach which was premiered by massed mandolin ensemble at the FAME (Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles) festival in Auckland, January 2011, and Felix the Cat: The Magic Bag, a short cartoon soundtrack for the APO Wind Quintet.
Yvette has also been thoroughly involved in projects by Auckland composition collective The Committee.
In March 2011 she presented the exceptionally well-attended Grooves Unspoken: Music by Yvette Audain in association with the Auckland Fringe Festival.
Yvette continues to have her music performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, for whom she has been an arranger since 2008.
In 2011 she is one of six composers selected for the APO’s Graduate Composer Workshop, with Eulogy (text: Olivia Macassey, 1994) for narrator and orchestra, which will receive its premiere in the May 11 Works With Words concert, as part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. For more info :visit :visit http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1227 and http://apo-readersandwriters-audain.notlong.com/ or
website www.yvetteaudain.com/

Lee Ah Yen Faatoia

Lee Ah Yen Faatoia

Lee Ah Yen Faatoia

Samoan, Chinese and German. Born in 1982, New Zealand Actor and Martial artist.
He studied in Australia in AAA Sydney Acting school and is currently studying in level 3 Mastery with Kacie Stetson at Studio 111 (Auckland) 2012.
He has been a full time actor in New Zealand since May 2011.Experienced in screen-wise, film, television, stunt work and Theatre.
He loves the challenge, Adaptable in many ways.
He is still pursuing his career and has manage to do over 30 short films and over 4 Theatre plays.
You can find more about him at www.imdb.me/leeahyenfaatoia
or from his www.leeahyen.comwebsite

Lauren Dunningham

Lauren Dunningham

Lauren Dunningham

Lauren Dunningham is an all round performer within dance, music and poetry.
After graduating with an advanced certificate in dance and drama, she continued to co-directed Triple8funk dance company since 2006 and in 2008 competed at the World Hip Hop Championships.
She is a Facilitaotor for the Centre for Poetics and Justice and was also a finalist in the Victorian State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam.
In 2012 she also represented N.Z in the Trans Tasman slam competition.
She has travelled the globe teaching and performing HipHop Dance and Poetry within Tokyo, L.A, NYC, Australia and New Zealand.
For the past 3years she has judged the N.Z HipHop Nationals and many other HipHop competitions within Australia.
Her own ambition for the performing arts and people continues to help her create new ways of redifining movement, voice and performance.

Kotaro Nishishita

Kotaro Nishishita

Kotaro Nishishita

Kotaro Nishishita, a classical guitarist who beganto play classical guitar in 2004 inspired by Narsico Yepes.
He graduated as a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Waikato (2006-2009) studying under Katya Skandera, Federico Quercia and John Couch.
He has won 2 best performance prizes and a Merit prize from Lilburn Student Composition Awards in 2006 and 2008 by performing his own composed piece of music.
Currently he is having lessons from James Tennant(Cello) and Tomonori Arai.
He is based in Auckland.
Became a member of Printable Reality collaborating with poets, dancers and visual artists around Auckland. Untill AUT Dance Company, Koutaro & Gus

Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner’s poetry has been published in Landfall, Takahe, Bravado, JAAM and in the collections Our Own Kind, poems about animals, and Just Another Fantastic Anthology, Auckland in Poetry.
She was the joint-winner of the Landfall Essay Competition in 2008 with creative non-fiction concerning history, colonisation and creativity.
She has worked widely in journalism, television, authored many non-fiction books, written television drama, published, broadcast and won prizes for poetry and short fiction.
She is currently finishing her first novel.
Kirsten is a founder member of Printable Reality, the organisation committed to raising the profile of poetry and spoken word in New Zealand, and has co-ordinated and MCed monthly performances at The Pah Homestead in 2011.
Poem “One dollar eighty” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.

Kiri Garden

Kiri Garden

Kiri Garden

Kiri Piahana-Wong is a New Zealander of Maori, Chinese and English ancestry.
She has published her work widely in journals and anthologies in NZ and Australia, including Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, The NZ Poetry Society Anthology 2008, Bravado, Blackmail Press, Sidestream , Snorkel , Trout and The Lumiere Reader.
Kiri is also an MC at Poetry Live, NZ’s longest-running live poetry venue.
She lives in Auckland.

Kashka Tunstall

Kashka Tunstall

Kashka Tunstall

Hey, I’m Kashka. I’m a poet-journalist-writer and I live in New Zealand’s best city, Hamilton.
I work in the mighty Waikato full-time as a journalist and I also happen to rep the label poet when occasion allows.
I’ve performed in two Readers and Writers Festival slams, won the inaugural Hamilton Poetry Slam and spot performed at a few different events.
I figured I was more than a little into poetry after a metaphor that I used (where I compared myself, and my patience in catching the perfect wave, to a scarecrow in a cornfield) got a pretty positive response in a year 3 writing competition. Pretty impressive right?
Since then, I’ve taken the whole thing a little more seriously. Spoken word poetry became a big part of my life about two years ago when I discovered poet Sarah Kay and a whole host of others such as Taylor Mali, Anis Mojgani and George Watsky.
My favourite spoken word piece is Suheir Hammad’s ‘First Writing Since’.
I also have a feverish passion for poets such as Robert Frost, John Keats, Allen Ginsberg, Hone Tuwhare, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, basically any poet who has ever said anything.

Jo Blankenburg

Jo Blankenburg

Jo Blankenburg

Jo Blankenburg is a pianist, composer and music producer.
Apart from his own records he is best known for music scores for movies: “The Secret”, “Planet Earth, “The Wolfman”. He has produced music for “World of Wearable Art” – Wellington.
For recent projects visit Jo Blankenburg & Oil Spill
Website:Jo Blankenburg

Jim Carraher

Jim Carraher

Jim Carraher

Jim Carraher’s Irish heritage strongly influences the rhythms and natural flow of his strongly rhyming narrative verse.
He writes of his country of origin and his newer home with equal affection, and reads with humour and a strong brogue.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead

Jess Bates

Jess Bates

Jess Bates

Jess Holly Bates is a 27 year old talent who has been orbiting the Auckland/Wellington performance scene with intent over the last two years, well-qualified academically (BScMA) and a confident writer and performer, she has been writing poetry since age five.
Jess began sharing her work on the stage in 2011, when she joined the Rising Voices workshops, run by established spoken word poets Jai Macdonald and Grace Taylor.
The Rising Voices 2011 slam whet her appetite for spoken word, and she is resolved to use 2013 to develop both her performative and her written craft. As well as being an avid poet, Jess is a passionate dancer and choreographer, intuitive actress, flute teacher, hospitality-personality, and aerobics junkie!
In 2012 she featured as guest cast of “Shay” in TVNZ’s “Nothing Trivial,” and playing lead roles in Theatre of Love’s “Day After Night” and in Simon Clark’s “Spit for Tat” in Auckland’s Short and Sweet Festival. Her writing work is concerned with the tension between the body and the page, and problematising the form of spoken word in relation to Pakeha identity in New Zealand.

Jerry Beale

Jerry Beale

Jerry Beale

Jerry Beale grew up shuffling between parts of England and Northern Ireland.
He’s been a Royal Marine Commando, a farmer, a bodyguard, representative rugby player, international judo competitor, cage fighter and advertising agency creative director.
About the only thing that has stayed with him through all these experiences is the ability to capture moments, events and feelings in lyrical form.
He’s performed his poetry in the US, UK, Ireland and New Zealand, published a couple of anthologies, opened festivals and entertained in bars, cafes and workshops.
Now he calls New Zealand home, has 3 amazing children, one shaggy dog and a love of wild remote places.
Poem “Casuality” and “A man’s hands” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Grey Lynn poet
A primary school teacher, and father to a teenage musician daughter.
Jeremy has been writing and making visual art for several “blurred eras” – mostly about the “torn & frayed” subject of humanity.
Writing and performing poetry is his main creative goal in life.
He is an MC at Poetry Live at The Thirsty Dog pub in the city, and reads at other locations around the city.
He has also read his work in Texas, USA.
He believes that language is the best medium to express whatever it is that lurks inside him and the world.
His work has been published in Side Stream, Live Lines IV, and will also be seen this year in Poetry NZ #44, Takahe Magazine, and the NZ Listener.

James Crompton

James Crompton

James Crompton

James Crompton is an earlier host of Poetry Live and a regular poet there.
He has had several poems published in various journals such as “Tongue in Your Ear” and “Live Lines”.
His poetry crosses from the worldly to the otherworldly, with a lot of his poems drawing influence from his experience of staying 10 months in an ashram type setting in America training to teach a type of meditation called the Ishaya’s Ascension.
There is therefore regularly a contemplative or philosophical viewpoint expressed in much of his work, often with a slightly humorous bent.
He is releasing a selection of poems entitled “Autumn” in the second Tuesday in May at “Poetry Live”

Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala

Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala

Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala

Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist.
She successfully completed her technical and choreographic training at Unitec in 2012 graduating with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, Majoring in Contemporary Dance.
During her three year training at Unitec, Jahra worked with and performed for innovative New Zealand choreographers, whilst choreographing/collaborating and performing in over eight contemporary dance works inside and outside of Unitec.
Outside of dance Jahra is a successful spoken word poet, continuously working with intertwining the medium with movement.
In 2012 she qualified and placed in various slam poetry competitions such as Poetry Idol and Going West, and represented Auckland at the National Poetry Slam held in Wellington.
She pours soul and spirit into her work, and performs and collaborates regularly with Auckland based live poetry group ‘DECOLONISE’.
Guest at Poetry at Yoga Festival.

Ila Selwyn

Ila Selwyn

Ila Selwyn

Ila Selwyn’s book of poetry, two sisters, was published in 2011. She had previously published two chapbooks and a number of handmade books.
Ila was an MC at Poetry Live, Auckland for four years. She had also been running a national poetry event at Lopdell House for two years and left Poetry Live to start up rhythm & verse on the top floor in 2009. This event, with equal parts of poetry and music, is in its fourth successful year and has recently moved to the top floor of Black Salt in New Lynn while Lopdell House is being renovated.
She wrote her great NZ novel in 20 words as a poem. squeezed between siblings / two children / one of each / three marriages / five countries / six different names / changed twice / by deed poll
Her poem a rope for my third man is performed in Aoteraoa Found In Translation, and published together with Ila Selwyn in New Dialogues and New Beginnings.

Igor Cubrilovic

Igor Cubrilovic

Igor Cubrilovic

Igor Cubrilovic is a composer, producer, and a guitarist.
Glacier Series is set of compositions which were composed over last 3 years, since he relocated from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland.
Igor was a member of Jonathan Kane’s February and produced both the luminous first and long awaited second albums.
He was a lead guitarist in Rhys Chatham Guitar Army, and is now active in the European Improv scene with Duet/Duel Series, and composes for film and modern dance.
He studied architecture in Belgrade, sound technology in Stockholm, sound installation in London, and is now pursuing his interest in psycho-acoustics and traditional music of the Balkans. He does not like to record his work.
Igor composed and performed music for the first ever Printable Reality show “Pagan Chew” in Greeley Square Gallery, New York, US in August 2002.
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Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde

For more than 40 years novelist, essayist and curator Ian Wedde has also been one of New Zealand’s foremost poets.
He has published 14 collections and is a multiple award winner.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead

Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp is a prolific and highly-entertaining columnist, reviewer and critic and practiced performer of his poetry.
Sharp is well-known for his humour and good-natured satire of the high serious of his own literary heritage, and many of his poems draw on the lyric tradition.
He has published several volumes of poetry and non-fiction, including Real Gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries (where he is a specialist librarian).
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead

gus Simonovic

gus Simonovic

gus Simonovic

Gus has been performing his poetry around the world.
Organising events, producing shows and tirelessly promoting poetry.
Apart from his own poetry collection, his poetry has been published in a few magazines and anthologies.He is a Poetry Slam winner.
With a vision to bring poetry to the widest possible audiences, Gus initiated the “Printable Reality” concept.
Based on collaboration with other spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists,with a motto : “Experience Poetry Differently”.
Printable Reality initiated forming of the Actors Ensemble, exciting new concept dedicated to producing and performing Live Literature/Poetic Theatre shows.
Gus has been chosen by the Auckland Regional Arts Trust for the ART Venture 2010 program.
His poem Equatorhas been performed in Aotearoa – Found in Translation and published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Website: gus Simonovic

Gill Ward

Gill Ward

Gill Ward

Gill Ward lives on the Kapiti Coast.
Her poetry, scripts, short stories and reviews have appeared in anthologies, magazines, literary publications and on National Radio.
Now retired from teaching, Gill writes an online poetry column for the Kapiti Independent News and leads a U3A course on contemporary New Zealand Poetry.
For seven years she has organised the Kapiti poetry café monthly event ‘Poets to the People.’
Her collection Poetic explanations (Kupu Press) was published in 2011.
She was the winner in New Dialogues and New Beginnings competition with her poem: That Night was published together with :Perchance and Weather in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.

 

Dubtext

lowrence and robert dubtext

lowrence and robert dubtext


No computers, no sequencers, no safety net… We believe there is still a place for live performance in electronic
music.

Live improvisation means Dubtext don’t play “songs” in the conventional sense of repeatable compositions. We coaxe musical
sounds from a variety of small synths and effects.

Every performance is unique and can move from ambient dub to psychedelic techno.

Dubtext is Lawrence Brock and Robert Popovic and we’ve been playing together for three years.

Website dubtext.co.nz