Performance poets announced for Fremantle Poets 3

Fremantle Press Poetry Publisher Georgia Richter announced the writers selected for Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets today.

Eleven Western Australian performance poets have been chosen for the collection which will be published in Fremantle Poetry Month in July 2012. They are: Allan Boyd (aka the antipoet), Jeremy Balius, Liana Joy Christensen, Gabrielle Everall, Amber Fresh, Afeif Ismail, Janet Jackson, Sam Knee (aka Byron Bard), Dosh Luckwell, Kaitlyn Plyley and John Charles Ryan.

Richter said the poets selected showed the range of voices and styles in Western Australia.

“These poets give a sense of the diverse talent, variety and vigour of our performance poetry scene,” said Richter.

Guest editor and performance poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell said he believed Fremantle Poets 3 was something West Australians would be intrigued by.

“The poets selected for this anthology represent what makes the Perth performance poetry scene so exciting and unique – this is the survey our city needed,” said Mitchell.

Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets will include a CD produced with the assistance of Fremantle Poetry Month sponsor Fremantle Radio.

Dr Ted Walker, CEO of Fremantle Radio, said he was pleased and proud to be a sponsor of the volume.

“Fremantle Radio is all about community and this is another way we can represent that community by helping to bring these voices to the fore,” said Walker.

Poets were selected by an editorial committee comprised of Georgia Richter and Wendy Jenkins of Fremantle Press and guest editor Scott-Patrick Mitchell. They were chosen for the survey on the basis of written manuscripts and a recorded performance piece.

Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets will be published in July 2012.

About the poets
Allan Boyd (aka the antipoet) (Heathridge) has been delivering performance poetry at and organising dynamic poetry arts and music events since 1995. These include the WA Heats of the Australian Poetry Slam, the Perth Poetry Slam, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Queensland Poetry Festival, Artrage, Overload and Openmouth Poetry at PICA. He is a lecturer and tutor in creative writing at Curtin University. For more information go to

Jeremy Balius (Hamilton Hill) is Dallas Texas born, Giesen Germany raised, Los Angeles California educated and has lived in Fremantle for seven years. He is the general manager at Cottonmouth and the founder and managing editor of Black Rider Press. His work has been published in journals, zines and anthologies internationally including Visible Ink, page seventeen and the Stylus Poetry Journal. He is a translator of German literature and is the co-founder of a bilingual arts journal Regal 8 / Shelf 8.

Byron Bard is nothing more than a poet, and nothing less than a genius. His poetry has toppled empires, seduced princesses, and transformed primitive spellcheckers into fully sentient beings of pure energy. He has performed at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle, the Perth Museum leg of the touring Nick Cave Exhibition, and the 2009 National Final of the Australian Poetry Slam in Sydney, and currently serves as Cottonmouth’s Chancellor of the Open Mic. Although his work is savoured by the elite, it is always digestible by the masses.

Liana Joy Christensen (Fremantle) has lived in Fremantle all her life, as did her parents and grandparents. For the past two years she has been a member of the Voicebox Collective, which is committed to keeping poetry live in Fremantle. Her first chapbook ‘Wild Familiars’ was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2006 Writers’ Digest International Self Published Book Awards. Her poems have been published in national and international literary journals. In 2010 she won the Peter Cowan Centre’s Patron’s Prize for Poetry.

Gabrielle Everall (Fremantle) published her first book of poetry, Dona Juanita and the love of boys in 2007. She has been published in several anthologies and has performed her work at Writers Festivals in Australia and overseas including Visible Verse in Canada, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York and Sappho’s Salon and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. For more information go to:

Amber Fresh (Bayswater) is a writer from Perth (via Albany and Paris). She has a book of poems called Between You and Me, a zine of other people’s writing called ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’, makes the annual ‘Perfect Thursday Club Diary’ and runs the Perth chapter of General Knowledge Club. She’s a member of the Cottonmouth committee, and has a band called Rabbit Island with whom she has just released the album O God, Come Quick. Her poems have been published in the Cottonmouth Anthology, Westerly, and various local zines. Current preoccupations include water, dreamlife, and breaking the law.

Afeif Ismail Abdelrazig (Shenton Park) was born in Elhasahisa Sudan in 1962. A published poet writer, playwright, artist and human-rights activist, his poetry is published in Arabic and English and his plays have been produced in cities, villages and towns across Sudan. Afeif was shortlisted for the inaugural Kit Denton Fellowship for Writers of Courage in 2007 and awarded the inaugural Australian National Playwrights’ Conference Bursary in 2008. In 2009 he was a recipient of a Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative.

Janet Jackson (North Fremantle) is a writer, editor and poet for page, screen and microphone. Janet has published four chapbooks including ‘q finger’ (PressPress) in 2011. Her first collection, Coracle, was published in 2009. Janet frequently features in national festivals including the Australian Poetry Centre Festival, the Queensland Poetry Festival, Melbourne Overload and the WA Spring Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in Westerly, Mattoid, Blast, The West Australian, nthposition (UK) and the Hamilton Stone Review (US).

Dosh Luckwell (Crawley) is a spoken work artist. Dosh writes about sex, death, his mother and more. Dosh’s words roll with a frank and fox-like delivery luring his listeners deep into a world of dark play and illicit encounter. Dosh is tall and his voice is deep. May he elate, transform, and suffocate your understanding of that old dog of diseases – desire. His debut spoken word/music album ‘Sex Poems’ was launched in March. Demos can be found at

Kaitlyn Plyley (Hillarys) is a Perth writer and performance poet who has been described as “thought-provoking”, “a possible genius” and “really, really tall”. She made it into the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam nationals with a rap about bogans, and is currently Australian Poetry’s poet-in-residence at Il Lido café (Cottesloe). Her poetry has been published in dotdotdash magazine, the Perth Poetry Club zine, and on her arms. Her articles have sparked controversy, but not nearly as much as she would have liked. Kaitlyn also coordinates the WA branch And updates her blog:

John Charles Ryan (Inglewood) was born in Neptune, New Jersey, but now lives in Perth where he has been writing poetry about the flora of Western Australia as part of his PhD project at Edith Cowan University. His small collection Katoomba Incantation, published this year, is structured around a three-day train trip across the Nullarbor.

Fremantle Poetry Month is sponsored by Australian Poetry, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, dotdotdash magazine, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, the Fremantle Library, Fremantle Radio, Thompson Estate, Out of the Asylum Writers Group, Voicebox, WritingWA and WA Poets Inc.

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