Lucy Van

Lucy Van writes about poetry and photography. She is a Melbourne Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Communication, completing a monograph entitled The Beginning of the Poem. She also writes poetry, and with her musical collaborator Laila Sakini she released Figures EP on the
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Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is a writer, reviewer and essayist. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Her books include Otherland: a journey with my daughter, and Axiomatic.   Maria at the Festival: Sat 1 Jun | Joyful Strains Sat 1 Ju
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Nick Tsiavos

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the intersections of a number of cultural boundaries: from ancient chant to contemporary minimalism and experimental improvisation. As an immigrant to Australia, a product of the Greek diaspora of the 1950’s, he is in
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Ling Toong

Ling Toong’s poems have appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Dash Literary Journal, the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Paradise Anthology. She is a recipient of the 2018 Felix Meyer Scholarship in Literature.   Ling at the Festival: Sat 1 Jun | Forked Tongues: Biling
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Benjamin Theolonious Sanders (IQ)

Benjamin Theolonious Sanders (IQ) Is an expat American poet and former slam champion, educator, publisher, producer and cultural ambassador hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been living nad performing in Melbourne for more than a decade, and most recently, delighting audiences i
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Krishnamurthy Prasad

Krishnamurthy Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based on deconstructing human relationships and behaviour. Using biting humour, theatrical portrayals, and sudden shifts in tempo and intensity, he creates an authentic representation of the modern h
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Hoa Pham

Hoa Pham is the award-winning author of seven books and a play so far. Her first adult novel Vixen (2000) was awarded the Best Young Writer Award by the Sydney Morning Herald and shortlisted by the Aurealis Awards for the Best Fantasy Novel. Her novel The Other Shore (2014) won the Vi
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Tom Petsinis

Tom Petsinis has published seven collections of poetry, including Four Quarters, which won the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize.His drama The Drought won the Wal Cherry Playscript of the Year Award and was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award. His novels include The French
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Jim Pavlidis

Jim Pavlidis is an artist who has worked for The Age newspaper for over 25 years. He has held 20 solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group exhibitions. His work is in public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the State Libraries of Victoria and NSW. Award
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П. O.

П. O.  is a Greek-Australian, working class, anarchist poet. His work ranges from ‘conceptual’ page poetry and concrete poetry, with emphasis on wordplay and capturing the vitality of everyday speech. His first book Fitzroy Brothel was published in 1974. Subsequent titles
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