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!!


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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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