Reading at Sappho’s on 12 March 2013

From Toby Fitch’s Facebook page:

[When] Tuesday, March 12, 2013
[Time] 7:00pm until 10:00pm

On the second Tuesday of March, Sappho Books and Café in the Sydney suburb of Glebe (link here) will host the 6th Avant Gaga, a gala night of experimental poetry that will feature the poets John Tranter, Fiona Hile, Sam Langer, Marty Hiatt, and Claire Nashar. There will also be the usual open mic section.

[ See my photos from the last poetry event at Sappho’s here. — J.T. ]

Please come along, enjoy some wine and tapas from the café, and maybe even enjoy some odd poetry, or the odd poem. Guest poets: See below:

John Tranter, Cambridge, UK, 2001, photo by Karlein van den Beukel
John Tranter, Cambridge, UK, 2001, photo by Karlein van den Beukel

Books for sale at the Reading!
John Tranter has published more than twenty collections of verse, and has edited six anthologies, including «The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry» (with Philip Mead). He studied for and received a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and is an Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney School of Letters, Arts and Media, and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has given more than a hundred readings and talks in various cities around the world. He founded the free Internet magazine «Jacket» in 1997 and granted it to the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He is the founder of the Australian Poetry Library, which publishes over 40,000 Australian poems online, and he has an online Journal and a detailed homepage.

Toby Fitch, left, introduces Ann Vickery, right, at Sappho's, 12 February 2013
Toby Fitch, left, introduces Ann Vickery, right, at Sappho’s, 12 February 2013. Click on the image to see a larger, sharper image; use your browser’s “Back” or “Return” key to return here. Photo copyright (c) John Tranter, 2013

Fiona Hile’s chapbook ‘The Family Idiot’ was published by Vagabond Press in 2012. Her long poem “Bush Poem with Subtitles” was awarded equal first place in the Gwen Harwood poetry prize. She recently curated an online chapbook of poetic collaborations for Cordite Poetry Review and her first full-length collection of poems will be published by Hunter Publishing later this year.

Sam Langer was born in February 1983 and then finished a B.A. in May 2007. He lived in North Fitzroy for 26 or so years. He moved to Berlin in October 2011. He edits ‘Steamer’ and has published a chapbook, ‘Law You Can Eat’, with Munted Beyond Press. His work has also appeared in Cormac McCarthy’s Dead Typewriter, otoliths, etc.

Claire Nashar
Claire Nashar. Photo courtesy Australian Poetry Library.

Marty Hiatt is from Melbourne. He has had work in Steamer, Rabbit, Overland, foam:e, Cordite, otoliths, fourW, and Upstairs at Duroc. In 2012 he published the chapbook ‘Rook’s Lair on a Lever’.

Claire Nashar is a poet from Sydney. She has won the Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry (2010 and 2012) as well as the University of Sydney Union Verge Poetry Award (2012). She is the current guest curator of the Australian Poetry Library and has recently published work in Overland and Hermes.


Get in early to put your name down for the open section. There is limited space, but each of the ten readers will get to read up to one poem for up to two minutes.