Melbourne Spoken Word is hosting a special spoken word show with the currently reigning Australia Poetry Slam Champion, on Sunday, October 8 from 7pm at Howler, in Brunswick. Her headline set will be supported by local spoken word artists and poets, including Waffle Irongirl, Quinn Eades, and Piriye Altriade, plus the winner of Slamalamadingdong from September.

From San Antonio, Arielle Cottingham made a home in Melbourne, from 2015 to 2017, where she took the city’s spoken word scene by storm, culminating in her winning the Australian Poetry Slam at the end of 2016 before having to leave us and move back to the U.S. She returns to Melbourne as part of her tour of Australia.

Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying abroad at the University of Melbourne. She returned to San Antonio, Texas, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Trinity University, during which time she became a regular performer at PuroSlam and The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. In September 2015 she returned to Melbourne, where she found herself pursuing a career as a full-time, working performance poet and creative producer of Slamalamadingdong. She released her first chapbook, The Tarantist’s Soapbox, in April 2016, and six months later she took first place at the National Championship of the Australian Poetry Slam. Her second book, Black and Ropy, was released in 2017 with Pitt Street Poetry. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to write and perform.

Arielle’s writing probes the territory of the personal as the political, dealing heavily with themes of identity, heritage, history, and the roles they play in immediate, everyday interactions. Her performances explore the interplay between the spoken word and the body, incorporating elements of dance and physical theatre to create multidisciplinary pieces that have been described as both elegant and electrifying.

She will be supported by a selection of Melbourne poets including Quinn Eades who was recently awarded the Arts Queensland award, The XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word.

Photo by Brendan Bonsack.


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