What does it mean to be an emerging poet?

We reckon it’s something like having a voice that’s full of attitude, wit and sincerity, a voice that’s continually re-imagining what it means to be contemporary.

Australian Poetry in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival is here to celebrate our poets with a night of readings from the best.

With: Elena Gomez, Saaro Umar, Sian Vate. Hosted by Melody Paloma.

Monday 19 June, 2017, 7.30pm

1000 £ Bend (Gallery)
361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Check out other events at Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Saaro Umar is a Oromo-Australian poet. Her work has featured in Woroni, Australian Poetry, Demos and Voiceworks. You can find her at @saaroumarr. 

Elena Gomez is a poet and book editor living in Melbourne. Her poems have appeared in Cordite, Mascara Literary Review and Scum Mag, as well as a number of chapbooks. She is currently completing an MFA at UNSW Art & Design. Twitter @__eaeolian


Sian Vate is deputy editor of Overland magazine. She has published poetry in Otoliths, Cordite and Chalk and her chapbook ‘end motion/manifest’ was published with Bulky News Press in 2015.

Melody Paloma is a poet and critic. Among other publications, her work has appeared in Cordite, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain, un Magazine, and the 2016 Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Melody was the recipient of the 2014 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Her debut collection is called In Some Ways Dingo and is forthcoming in June as part of the Rabbit Poets Series. Melody works for Australian Poetry in their young poet’s programs.