Following its ongoing success as the monthly poetry night at Sappho Books in Glebe, AVANT GAGA returns to Sydney Writers’ Festival. Experience the latest in Australian poetry at this playful gala event, featuring nine established and emerging poets who write and perform in experimental ways: Michael Farrell, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jane Gibian, Aden Rolfe, Alison Whittaker, Holly Isemonger, Amelia Dale, and Emily Stewart. Hosted by Toby Fitch.

Emily Stewart (Australian)

Emily Stewart is a doctoral student and editor at Giramondo Publishing. Her first poetry collection Knocks won the inaugural Noel Rowe Poetry Award and was published by Vagabond Press in 2016.

Alison Whittaker (Australian)

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017-2018 Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork is a collection of poetry, essays and short stories.

Amelia Dale (Australian)

Amelia Dale is an experimental writer. She wrote the book Constitution and her other books and e-objects include Tractosaur. She edits with (aj carruthers) the experimental poetry press SOd Press, and the poetry reviews section of Southerly. She has a PhD in eighteenth-century literature and works as a lecturer.