Joanne Burns, John Carey, Carolyn Gerrish, Norm Neill, Margaret Owen Ruckert, Brenda Saunders, Anna Kerdijk Nicholson (facilitator)
With text messaging and the ten-second grab, meaning is reduced to basics. But the poets here speak out with diverse voices that vary from acerbic wit to clever ludic twists. joanne burns, John Carey, Carolyn Gerrish, Norm Neill, Margaret Owen Ruckert and Brenda Saunders are hosted by Anna Kerdijk Nicholson.
Joanne Burns (Australian)
joanne burns’ poetry includes numerous prose poems, short fictions and monologues. Her first book of poetry, Snatch, was published in London in 1972. Since then she has published over a dozen other collections including on a clear day, aerial photography, footnotes of a hammock and an illustrated history of dairies. joanne has been performing her work since the 1970s. She has been a teacher of English and creative writing. Her latest collection is 'amphora’.
John Carey (Australian)
John Carey is an ex-teacher of French and Latin and a former part-time actor, recently performing in Darlinghurst Nights. He is the author of three poetry collections, including The Old Humanists, and has been widely published in journals and magazines, including Best Australian Poems 2009 and Best Australian Poems 2011.
Carolyn Gerrish is a Sydney poet and teacher. She has published five books of poetry, the latest being The View From the Moon. Some critical comments from Peter Kirkpatrick on this collection include, “The View From the Moon offers a set of evocative, frequently witty and often breathtakingly lyrical meditations on the pleasures and sometimes the perils of life and art in 21st-century Sydney.” Carolyn regularly performs her work and hopes that one day satirical poetry will save the world.
Norm Neill (Australian)
Norm Neill’s poetry has appeared in journals including Five Bells, Blue Dog and Social Alternatives, and in edited anthologies. The Robin Gibson Gallery exhibited 16 of his poems responding to paintings by Jacqueline Balassa in 2010. His poem World Cup Final came second in the 2009 Inner City Life competition. Norm has had more than 700 letters in broadsheet newspapers and in 2011 his poem Post-industrial appeared in The Sun-Herald. He is convenor of a weekly poetry workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre.
Margaret Owen Ruckert (Australian)
Margaret is currently the ‘Cafe Poet’ at Limes in Lugarno, writing poems and treating patrons to the sweets of language. She is also facilitator of the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group. Her articles and poems have appeared in journals, edited anthologies and newspapers, and she has won several awards, notably the Society of Women Writers National Poetry Prize (2007). In her recent collection, You Deserve Dessert, she serves up over 100 poems on sweet foods to delight and surprise the reader.
Anna Kerdijk Nicholson (Australian)
Anna Kerdijk Nicholson’s second collection of poetry, Possession, won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s C.J. Dennis Prize and the 2010 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and was shortlisted for both the 2011 ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the 2011 NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry. Her first book of poetry, The Bundanon Cantos, was a Sydney Morning Herald Best Book of 2003. Anna served on the committee of the Poets Union Inc and co-edited its journal, Five Bells. She is on the board of Australian Poetry.
Brenda Saunders (Australian)
Brenda Saunders is a Sydney writer and artist of Aboriginal and British descent. She is a member of the Diverse group of poets who write and perform poems in response to visual art. Her poetry has been broadcast on Awaye! and Poetica) on ABC Radio National and has been published widely in edited anthologies and journals, namely Overland, Famous Reporter, Five Bells and Etching Indigenous. She was recently shortlisted for the David Unaipon Prize, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards 2011.