Editors’ Blog #9

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Our 2016 Anthology Editors, Edie Eicas and David Harris, have a new blog post as they consider the influence of bush poetry.  You can read it here.

FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe: Kathryn Hummel, Mike Ladd & Michael Crane, 31 August

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents three poets you simply have to hear: Kathryn Hummel, recent digital poet in residence at SAWC; the fabulous Mike Ladd, and renowned poet and mover of the Melbourne poetry scene, Michael Crane.

31 August @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

Kathryn Hummel is the author of Poems from Here and The Bangalore Set. Her award-winning new media/poetry, non-fiction, fiction, scholarly research and photography has been published and presented around the world, most recently in Prelude Magazine and at the QPF partner event, Couplet. A frequent traveller and past writer in residence at Australian Poetry, Vitalstatistix, 1ShanthiRoad and the Kena Artists’ Initiative, Kathryn holds a PhD in narrative ethnography. Kathryn is working with the Red Room Co on the national Poetry Object project and has just finished a digital writer’s residency with the SA Writers Centre.

Mike Ladd was born in the USA to Australian parents, but for most of his life has been living and writing in Adelaide. He grew up in Blackwood, studied English and Philosophy at Adelaide University, then in the early ‘eighties joined the new wave band, The Lounge. Mike has often collaborated with musicians and artists, writing poetry for the screen and live performance with The Drum Poets, and Max Mo. Mike has worked in radio for thirty years, most notably producing Poetica, dedicated to Australian and international poetry on ABC Radio National. Recently he and his partner, Cathy Brooks, have been running projects that put poems on street signs as public art. Mike is a poetry mentor, judge, and occasional reviewer.

Michael Crane has been published in many literary journals and magazines including OverlandMeanjinThe Australian, and Best Australian Poems 2011, 2014 & 2015 and Australian Love Poems. His books include A Dog Called Yesterday – Selected Poems and Prose, Poems from the 29th Floor, Postcards from the End of the World and The Church of Contradictions. He has written many short stories and a detective novel. He organised the successful Poetry Idol series to large audiences at the Melbourne Writers Festival from 2007-2012 and published the annual song lyric and poetry magazine, the Paradise Anthology. Michael also has performed widely with independent bands and musicians.

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Kate Deller-Evans

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With much sadness, we report our inspirational colleague and friend, Kate Deller-Evans, died peacefully on the 6th August 2016 from the consequences of breast cancer. Kate was a marvellous poet, writing with a high level of craft, wit and perceptive insight about the things that matter to our lives, no matter how small or large. She had an extensive involvement in FSP as well as the broader Adelaide writing scene, as a poet, editor, historian, and mentor. She published several books of poetry, including FSP New Poets Seven: Travelling with Bligh  and, with her husband, Steve Evans, wrote the definitive history of Friendly Street Poets, Best of Friends: the first thirty years of the Friendly Street Poets. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, worked with her, or indeed, simply read her words. Our condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

Read a beautiful tribute to Kate by Jo Vabolis in InDaily here.

Poem of the Month for May: “Sermon on Dogma” by Kalicharan Nigel Dey

As selected by the anthology editors, David Harris and Edie Eicas from FSP readings in May, 2016.

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SERMON ON DOGMA by Kalicharan Nigel Dey

There I was, sitting on a pew in church,
Attentively listening to Father John Birch.
The Reverend quoted reverently:
“None comes to the Father except through me.”
An exegesis followed with passion and fire:
“Either these words are true or Jesus was a liar.”

“Hold on!” I thought, “There’s a third possible conjecture:
The gospels could contain elements of fiction.”
Father John Birch is an authority on scripture
But like most authorities he has an affliction.

It’s called dogma – an epidemic mental disease
Preventing consideration of all possibilities.
It narrows the mind, driving it to a conclusion
With a steering-wheel of ideological intrusion.
Declaring truth has been found, it calls off the search.
Dogma rules in lecture-hall, laboratory, mosque and church.

FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe in June: Jules Leigh Koch & gareth roi jones

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents two of Adelaide’s most beguiling poets: Jules Leigh Koch and gareth roi jones.

6:00 – 7:00 pm; Wednesday 29th June 2016, at The Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Jules Leigh Koch has published four collections of poetry and one chapbook, most recently Stripping Wallpaper from the Sky (Interactive Press, 2015), and has received two SA Literature Grants (2008; 2011). He is one of the poets in the public art works Signs of Life  (Bowen Street, Adelaide) and the Shop 6 Tram Art project (Glenelg tram line). He also has worked as a mentor with writers from the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust.

gareth roi jones is a member of the dandylion collective, a small writers’ group based in Adelaide, South Australia. His poems have been widely published, including in Best Australian Science Writing 2013, and have been short-listed for many prizesHis solo collection ‘Gunyah’ Healing was published in FSP New Poets 17. In 2014, he co-edited FSP Anthology 38 The Infinite Dirt.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

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