Weaving questions of politics, religion, love and identity through their words, poets make powerful storytellers and commentators. Manal Younus' first book of poems Reap was published in 2015. She is also the founder of Soul Lounge, a monthly open mic night that centres the voices of people of colour. Novelist, translator and radiologist Amit Majmudar is the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His poetry has appeared in The Best of the Best American Poetry 25th Anniversary Edition as well as the Norton Introduction to Literature. Singer-songwriter Gina Williams has won Australia's prestigious Indigenous Act of the Year for five years. Writer, illustrator and poet Jasmin Kaur is a spoken word artist who explores the themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice, and love. Together, they bring the intensity and passion of the spoken word to this vibrant session of readings and performance.
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Presented by OzAsia Festival
Produced by Teamwork Arts
Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. Majmudar’s latest books are What He Did in Solitary: Poems, Soar, Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary and the mythological novel Sitayana. A historical novel, Soar, is forthcoming in India, as well as a poetry collection in the United States, What He Did in Solitary. His poetry has appeared in The Best of the Best American Poetry 25th Anniversary Edition as well as the Norton Introduction to Literature while his prose has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 and The Best American Essays 2018. He has served as Ohio's first Poet Laureate.
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, guitar brilliance. Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use music to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages: Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia. With less than 400 Noongar language speakers left, their work is about what connects.
Manal Younus is an Australian-based storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Younus explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. In 2015, she released her first book of poetry called Reap. In the same year, she founded Soul Lounge, a monthly open mic night that centres the voices of people of colour.
Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo First Nations territory. Named a 'rising star' by Vogue Magazine and a 'Writer to Watch; by CBC Books, she has toured internationally to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression. Her debut poetry and prose collection, When You Ask Me Where I'm Going, was shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her sophomore novel, If I Tell You The Truth, is releasing in January 2021. Currently an MFA student in the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing programme, Kaur can usually be found daydreaming about the next story she's itching to tell.