Performance Poetry

What is poetry for performance? How does it differ from poetry on the page?

Express Media is pleased to announce the launch of Toolkits: Performance Poetry– an online course in writing poetry specifically for performance, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshops, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop, and edit their writing throughout the course. Over a 12-week intensive, participants will learn to to hone their poetic voice and perform their work in a variety of forms.

Toolkits: Performance Poetry will be facilitated by Manisha Anjali. Manisha Anjali is a poet and artist. Her works have been published and exhibited in a number of literary journals, writers’ festivals and contemporary art galleries. Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library, a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre and an Emerging Cultural Leader at Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is the founder of Community Dream Practice, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha will facilitate the program’s online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer.

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best poets, with guest artists (to be announced) presenting live and online in sessions for young writers across the country.

Become an Express Media Member!

Applications to Toolkits Performance Poetry are free for Express Media/Australian Poetry joint members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.

Note: Express Media is committed to access, so if you would like to sign up and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via info@expressmedia.org.au to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships.

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Applications are now open and close 5pm Monday AEST 30th July 2021.

 


Manisha Anjali is a poet and artist. Her works have been published and exhibited in a number of literary journals, writers’ festivals and contemporary art galleries. Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library, a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre and an Emerging Cultural Leader at Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is the founder of Community Dream Practice, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations.

Soretti Kadir is an Oromo storyteller, facilitator, and activist. She has authored two books of poetry, released multimedia work independently and collaboratively, her work featured across the country and on occasion, abroad. Currently, a young leader in the Oromo struggle for self-determination, working predominantly with the coalition Walaboomuu (Complete Liberation). (www.walaboomuu.com) www.ssoreti.com

 

Thabani Tshuma is a Zimbabwean writer and performance poet. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates, and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health, and generational trauma. Co-curator of Thin Red Lines, a 2019 Hotdesk fellowship recipient with the Wheeler Centre, Featured author with Djed Press, Slamalamadingdong’s 2019 Grand Slam champion, ranked among the top 50 slam poets worldwide at IWPS 2019, and winner of the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, People’s choice and Conveners’choice awards. Writing is the aperture through which he views the world and experiences self in relation to others.

Have a question?  Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Jesse Oliver at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au

 

Toolkits is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

Toolkits: Poetry is presented by Express Media in partnership with Australian Poetry.