Saturday, August 29, 2009

Poetry Live Tuesday 01st September


Tuesday 01st September 09, 8 pm - Late
at The Thirsty Dog
469 K- road (Karangahape road )

Please note: Guest Poet Murray Edmond kicks off at 8pm

Guest Poet : Murray Edmond

Has published 11 books of poems, the latest THE FRUITS OF from Holloway Press in June this year and a 12th book called WALLS TO KICK AND HILLS TO SING FROM: A COMEDY WITH INTERRUPTIONS will be published by Auckland University Press in 2010. Also editor of 3 anthologies (BIG SMOKE: NEW ZEALAND POEMS 1960 - 1975, AUP, 2000), a book about the influence of Noh drama on the Western avant-garde (Atelos Press, Berkeley, 2005) and editor of the on-line journal KA MATE KA ORA: A NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF POETRY AND POETICS

Guest Musician : Ed
on acoustic guitar and brass instruments

Guest Poet : Joshua Goodwind

Is about 7 feet tall, with the wide, bloodshot eyes of a rabid hyena. Arms like great redwoods and feet like a pair of cinder blocks. He’s from Te Aroha, and spend most of his time shooting at woodland creatures with his trusty crossbow. His favourite colour is midnight.

MC Christian


Monday, August 24, 2009

Poetry Live August 25th

Ahoy there Poetry Pirates!

We have some feisty wonders for you this Tuesday at the Thirsty Dog, K Road, 8:00 start. Bring some koha to throw in the hat!

Guest Musician: Anna Kaye Forsythe

Anna Kaye is a talented singer songwriter whose catchy tunes will have you dancing on the tables one second, and deep in contemplation the next. Having regaled us with her poetic skills earlier on this year, she is returning with guitar in hand to share a melody or a few. Check her out on 'Summer Fusion', a compilation made to raise money for Kidney Kids.

Guest Poet: Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace is a poet, DJ, Actor and Artist Manager, in that order. He has been performing poetry for severalyears, although only seriously for around 8 months. A music background has lent an interesting slant to his work - Lee's style is offbeat, refreshing and humorous.Highlights include reading poetry as opening act to NZ music legend Bill Direen. Lee has several upcoming projects in the works so keep an eye out, and enjoy the set

Open mic & Koha entry as usual. You know the drill.

See you all there! And now for something completely different.

Here's something y'all may be interested in. It's not a Po Live event at all, but it sure sounds fun:

Screwed On Creative is a Charitable Trust set up so we can provide an avenue for artists to collaborate together more and be exposed not only as a solo but as a collective. Too many people sit and wait for opportunities to come to them but we want to create them for ourselves as well as provide the chance for people to do the same. Through this organisation we believe we can maximise our exposure within the industry, facilitate artistic projects, and ultimately collaborate and learn. The first project we are working on is a poetry reading. There is so much unseen talent in New Zealand that is underutilised and unappreciated and we want to bring that to light. We are currently organising auditions and then a further poetry reading with an invited audience to increase exposure to high profiles within the industry. Whether its contemporary poets or actors with monologues with a poetical twist or anyone who just wants their say we want to hear it all! We want as many people to audition as possible so we have higher chances of having a rewarding night of entertainment. We'll be holding the poetry reading on Oct 1st at Rannoch, the home of the James Wallace private art collection which will include a tour of the galleries, wine and nibbles etc. Auditions are on the 12th of September at 77 Almorah Rd, Epsom, Auckland in the upper gallery, signs will indicate the way. Contact 021 203 5557 to book an audition time or email Please forward on this message where you think it would be valued.

Take it easy!

Murray LeePoetry Live MC

Monday, August 17, 2009

Poetry Live August 18th

Tonight is the one you've all been waiting for - the launch of Live Lines 2, the annual publication of Poetry Live.

Those who have been included in this issue are invited to take the open mic stand and read their poems and some others - 5 mins per poet. There will be no guest musician in case the list of readers is nice and long :)

To put you all in the mood though, we have Georgina Monro as our guest poet. Georgina comes to us all the way from Titirangi, Waitakere, has a Dip. Drama from Toi Whakaari, and took second place at the Going West Poetry Slam 2008 as well as being a finalist for Poetry Idol in 2009. So come along and enjoy her poetry!

Renee - MC

Copies of Live Lines #2 will be on sale. They make excellent Chrissy presents, for those out there who have forethought. Live Lines #2 raises funds for Live Lines #3.

Submissions are now open for Live Lines #3. You can submit to Live Lines #3 if you read at Poetry Live during 2009. Submissions are open until September 30th.

You can submit 3-5 poems in hard copy to Poetry Live on Tuesday nights or by posting them to 16 Millais Street, Grey Lynn.

We no longer try to include a poem from everyone. Send your best work.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Poetry Live August 11th @ Thirsty Dog

with guest musicians The Wicks
& guest poet Charis Boos

MC: Miriam

Koha entry - open Mic

The Wicks have been together for about two years. In that time they've released a single E.P. recorded in a night and mixed in a couple of days. Recently they've finally begun to record again and are releasing their new E.P. "Why Do People Walk". A constantly changing and mutating style makes The Wicks hard to pin down to a specific genre but Alex Anderson (bass) brushes aside their melodically dense and rhythmically twisted song writing as "alternative pop". Live, The Wicks are charming, grins are frequent and the energy they put into their songs is palpable. With an often manic song writer in guitarist and singer Matt Butcher each performance is different with new songs frequently being exposed for the first time and subsequently changing. If you have a chance The Wicks should definitely be on your must see bands list.

Charis Boos turned 30 this year and is trying not to panic about her biographical note. Some of her favourite poets are Charles Simic, James Tate, Anne Carson and Louise Glück. Hear her read from her collection, Places Where the Future Used to Be, which she wrote last year.

Charis was a member of The Literatti with me in 2007, we performed from Whangarei to Parihaka together, before she was lured away by the Modern Institute of Letters. I'm stoked that they have finally given her back.

The Wicks are a wicked band that I found on Myspace when I was arranging guest acts for Nikki Patin's NZ tour - the dates didn't align right for that, so they agreed to rock on up to Poetry Live instead. Lucky us.

See you all there.

Note: Submissions are now open for Live Lines #3. You can submit to Live Lines #3 if you read at Poetry Live during 2009. Submissions are open until September 30th. You can submit 3-5 poems in hard copy to Poetry Live on Tuesday nights or by posting them, for the moment, to 16 Millais Street, Grey Lynn. We no longer try to include a poem from everyone. Send your best work.

NB: And submissions for Side Stream 21 close on August 15th - the day after the Side Stream fundraiser, Bukowksi's Birthday Bash, at Thirsty Dog on the 14th - submissions can be sent to with the issue you are submitting to in the subject line. You'll all be at the fundraiser though I just know it. No one would want to miss the opportunity to see Michael Morrissey take on a live improvised jazz band. It's $10 on the door and we're trying to get together enough mulah to pay the band and keep Side Stream flying off around the world for the rest of the year - it's not cheap. You can help by just spreading the word and making sure everyone knows about it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Poetry List - August

Hi everyone,

With Montana Poetry Day still tingling in our ears and brains and brand new poetry books to be opened and enjoyed (yay! Christmas), it’s time to look forward to the coming month’s poetry pleasures.

This month there are some special workshops and events for youth, a not-to-be-missed Jazz and Poetry mashup with Bukowski's Birthday Bash, a Guerilla Poetry Mission (happening this coming weekend!) and of course some exciting voices to be heard at regular events Poetry Live, Lounge and Rhythm and Verse. Is it just me or are there more regular poetry events starting all over the city? Hurray!!


The Poetry List is a monthly mailout of all things poetry in Auckland. Comments and listings (poetry-related only) are welcome. If your event occurs before the next Poetry List is due, generally the first week of each month, tell me anyway and I'll put it on the website. As always, if I emailed you in error, my sincerest apologies, ask me and I'll unsubscribe you.

If you want to get on the separate Poetry Live email list to get weekly emails on what’s happening at Poetry Live, contact me or any of the other three MCs.

The List:

Lights of Matariki - June 26 – August 7th, Corbans Estate, Henderson, free
An exhibition by local artists to celebrate Matariki. Includes a collection of ceramic and resin lamps sculpted by Ronald Andreassand in collaboration with six poets – Genevieve Maclean, Christian Jensen, Miriam Barr, Renee Liang, Sabrina Muck and Daniel Larsen.

Poetry Live 4th August – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poet Bob Orr, Guest musician Otis Mace.
Open mic; MC Christian.

Tuesday 4 August – Words and Music: Judith McNeil

Snatch Bar, Free, 10pm, Ponsonby Rd

Saturday 8th Aug - Poetry and music at Art Stop Cafe, Helensville

2 pm - 4 pm, free. Main rd Helensville, on right just after rail bridge.

Sunday 9th August - Guerilla Chalking mission (reschedule from last week)

Albert Park, 12 noon, meet by the fountain
Join the Guerrilla Poets as they bring Poetry to the People! Bring your own poems or write on the spot, there will be chalk but BYOs appreciated….

Sunday 9th August - The Lion Roars; Piha Poems – book launch and exhibition

Poems by Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway with Watercolour Paintings by Barbara Pflaum
Book launch 2-5pm with Raewyn Alexander also reading; enjoy wine & chocolate cake!
Exhibition runs Sun 9th – Sun 23rd August
Next Door Gallery, Mon-Fri 9.30 – 5.30, Sat-Sun 10 – 4, 132 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead

“In these poems and watercolours, Jacqueline and Barbara have captured the spirit of Piha
and the surrounding environs … they hope you will share their joy and love of the wild west coast,
a quintessential New Zealand experience …with the iconic Lion Rock.”

Poetry Live 11th August – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poet Charis Boos, Guest musician The Wicks.
Open mic; MC Miriam.

Friday 14th August - Bukowski's Birthday Bash

Side Stream fundraiser – 8 pm @ Thirsty Dog (Corner of K' Rd & Howe St)

$10 on the door to raise funds to keep our only independent, free, bi-monthly poetry zine happening.
Poets from the fringe mash it up with live, improvised jazz by the Dirty Words Live Sessions Band.

Featuring Miriam Barr (CD The Literatti, Poetry Idol '07, Side Stream editor), Shane Hollands (The Literatti founder, Freaky Meat frontman, Dirty Words head honcho), Christian Jensen (Literartist, Poetry Live MC, Metonymy co-founder), Daniel Larsen (Side Streamer, People In Your Neighbourhood project, Metonymy winner) & Michael Morrissey (renowned and prolific NZ writer & poet, co-editor of the infamous Globe Tapes, author of The American Hero Loosens His Tie, a tribute to Bukowski).

A three-piece band are improvising and have no idea what will be performed. The poet has to listen and go where the musicians lead, there is to be no direct communication between poet and band. It's totally spontaneous and totally exhilarating. The only things in pre-existence are the poems. There may be Poetry Improv and a chance for audience members to participate, Mr Hollands will be there, so anything could happen. Whatever this is, this is not going to be a poetry reading.

Submissions for Sidestream Issue 21 close on August 15th for a September release.
Submissions to be emailed to See for submission guidelines or visit to stay in the loop.

Sat 15th August - WORDUP! WORKSHOPS: for young people 15 -18 years.
Corbans Estate, Henderson, 10am – 5pm (6hrs + 1 hr lunch), $10 (subsidised by the ASB Community Trust).

Join award winning poet Courtney Meredith at this very exciting spoken word workshop aimed to inspire and encourage young writers. Students will be tutored on the writing and editing process, performance of their works, how to grow their art in future, and how to win within themselves when partaking in poetry slams and competitions. Materials for the day (provided by the tutor) will include sonnets by Victorian poets, lyrics by modern day rappers and pop artists, and of course poetry from some of New Zealand's best writers.

Work created at these workshops may be performed at Word Up! a youth event to be held at The Global Café, Henderson on Friday evening 4th September, if workshop participants wish to do so. Street Art created can be part of an exhibition at the venue leading up to the event.

BOOKINGS: Please book by phoning: 09 838 4455 or email: Places are limited in each workshop, so book soon!

Poetry Live 18th August – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Featuring the launch of Live Lines 2, Poetry Live’s annual publication. Poets in this issue are invited to take the mic to read their poems
Guest Poet Georgina Monro
Open mic; MC Renee.

Friday 21st August - Raise Up Auckland: CBD-Connect – fundraiser
Rendezvous Hotel, 7pm start.
Featuring amazing performers in the 15-25 year age range. Deane Siakimotu will emcee the evening and choreographer Ashleigh MacKinven (17) has created two special dances with the group Sample. There will be music performances by Sam Hollingum and Grace, and a poetry recital by Courtney Meredith, an award winning slam poet. To cap off the evening, there will be a performance by multi-talented soul singer and jazz musician Tama Waipara.
For more info and reservations contact Michelle Delahunty at the YMCA, email or phone 09 306 3750.

6th Bravado International Poetry Competition

The literary arts magazine from the Bay of Plenty is offering its usual generous cash rewards – a First Prize of $500, 2nd of $250 and 3rd of $100. This year for the first time it is introducing a Special Prize of $100 for a previously unpublished poet, and five runners-up will get a year’s free subscription to Bravado. The entry is $5 a poem, or three for $10. All prizewinning poems will be published in the November edition of Bravado. Judge is Sue Wooton. You can download a copy of the rules and an entry form from the Bravado website at or send an e-mail to or, if you prefer, drop a line to Competition Secretary, Bravado, PO Box 13 533, Central Tauranga 3141.
Briefly, poems must be original, unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. Theme is unimportant, as is form, or whether free verse or rhyme. “All we ask”, say the Bravado team, “is send us your best.” Further information: Jenny Argante tel 07 576 3040, or txt 027 316 31 91. Deadline 31 August.

August 20th - RHYTHM & VERSE.

Lopdell House – Titirangi, start 7.30 pm, tickets $10 on the door.
Musician - Sergio Arellano; Poets - Penny Somervaille and John Pasley. Plus - The Literatti , MC Ila.

Poetry Live 25th August – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha
Guest Poets Kate Kelly and Nick Mans
Open mic; MC Murray.

Wednesday 26th August - LOUNGE #9
Old Government House, Auckland University, 5.30-7pm. Join Michele Leggott as MC and another eye-opening collection of established and emerging poets.
Free entry. Food and drinks for sale in the Buttery. For information contact Michele Leggott,, 373 7599 x87342

Poetry Live 1st September – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poet TBA Guest Muso TBA
Open mic; MC Christian.

Poetry Live 8th September – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poet Michael Botur, Guest Musos TBA
Open mic; MC Miriam.

Poetry Live 15th September – 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poets South Auckland Poets Collective
Open mic; MC Renee.

Poetry Live 22nd September– 8 pm Thirsty Dog, K’Rd, koha

Guest Poet Hannah-May De Cuba
Open mic; MC Murray.

Central Caffe, 305 K’Rd (one block from Thirsty Dog)

is a new cozy café/bookshop/art venue. It runs readings/jam sessions on Wednesday nights from 6 (serving coffee and desserts!) and a range of other gigs as well as providing a free space for creatives to meet, workshop and perform. There’s space on the walls for artwork too. Check it out:

Best New Zealand Poems 2009
Publishers and poets who wish poems they have published in 2009 to be considered for the next edition of Best New Zealand Poems are reminded that these need to be sent to the IIML for forwarding to this year’s hard-working editor, Robyn Marsack. Publishers are invited to send copies of books and magazines to BNZP 2009, International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140. Poems published in international journals are also eligible, and poets who think their work may not be submitted by a publisher may send published poems (not manuscripts) to the same address. The deadline for submissions is 21 December 2009. For more information email

A new arts collective, Crossover, invites poets and artists from other genres to join. It’s "a hub that creates opportunities for emerging creative artists, designers, musicians, poets, performers, and all that are interested and passionate about being involved in the creative industry." Check out or email

Guerrilla Poetry
Join our unit of guerrilla poets! Keep your eye on the website to find out when the next Action is, join our Facebook group (Guerilla Poetry – NZ Chalksters), or email to get on the sneak attack email list.

Dirty Wordz with Shane Hollands
Finally a show devoted to live poetry!!
Join wordzter Shane on Tuesdays 3pm-5pm, 88.3 FM (Fleet) if you are in CBD reception range, or live stream on
Hosts are Shane 'Beat Hobo' Hollandz, Penny 'Dirty Girl' Ashton & Genevieve McClean.

Featuring spoken word and word music.
Interviews with hot poets and musicians who work with spoken word.

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