Desireé Dallagiacomo

DIG, portraitDesireé Dallagiacomo is an award-winning writer, performer, & educator. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, the program director & lead teaching artist at Forward Arts, a youth literary arts non-profit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, and she has ranked both nationally & internationally in poetry slam. She has taught & performed extensively across the USA & Canada.

Andrew Galan

20140823: Gorman House Portraits: Canberra 23 August 2014; Andrew Gallan; Portrait by Sean Davey

Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD! SLAM! NO! BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. His new book is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.

D.A. Carter

IMG_4752D.A. Carter is a writer, musician & vocalist who’s toured globally on streets and stages from Berlin, Burning Man & Sydney Theatre. D.A. has featured at National Young Writers, Subsonic, Regrowth, Crack Theatre & Fringe Festivals. D.A. performs a unique combo of beatbox, hiphop and interactive freestyle live with a microphone & loop machines.


_MGH5476Born from a love for soul and pulsating beats and production; bred from the madness of the Darwin heat. Vocalist Caiti Baker and producer / instrumentalist James Mangohig both come from strong musical backgrounds; the former being raised on the blues via her musician father, the latter growing up surrounded by gospel. Both Caiti and James spent years honing their talents before coming across each other in the mid-2000s and are still going strong today.

Lorin Elizabeth

lorinLorin Elizabeth is a spoken word poet from Thirroul, NSW who co-founded Wollongong’s Enough Said poetry slam and is celebrating the release of her first EP, Poems. Lorin recently arrived home after her Finding Crossroads USA poetry tour with Rachel Calleja, and has since started knitting a fairy penguin.

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson_Carmen Ward CreditEleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster. She has performed Australia-wide and internationally, and is the current Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine. As a poet and performer, Eleanor has been described as capable of creating, “powerful quiet”.

Karnage n Darknis

8345K&D151KND are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs who have been writing and performing since 2008. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) is a Western Arrernte man Hermannsburg (130km west of Alice Springs). Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, South Australia and Ceduna.

Lawrence “Big Money” Gino

bigmmoneyLawrence “Big Money” Gino was born in Southern Sudan during the civil war. After 14 years in refugee camps in Uganda, Lawrence now calls Hobart home. His music tells the stories of his childhood, his journey to ‘freedom’ and the struggles he now faces as an African-Australian striving to establish a new life whilst working to make his dreams a reality.

Celestine Rowe

Celestine_Rowe_smlCelestine Rowe is originally from the western desert community of Papunya. She writes lyrical activist slam poetry and has been winner and runner up in Central and South Australian slams. She has recently worked with Rhyming the Dead – a project by the Sydney-based Red Room Company.

Laurie May

12184982_10153318149914926_69809511878988082_oLaurie May uses poetry to delve into the depths of what makes us human. Our frailty, our strength, she aims to empower, inform and entertain. Writing from a feminist perspective, Laurie’s darkly humorous on-stage presence will transfix you.

Darcy Davis

D-Day-Profile-PicAlice Springs born jazz poet Darcy Davis brings a unique fusion of beats and rhymes to this years Red Dirt Poetry Festival. Utilising philosophical narrative and word play to mind-expansion.

Kaye Hall

IMG_0352Kaye is a Darwin-based writer of short stories and poetry. With the exception of a brief stint as manager of the NT Writers Centre, she has run her own business Wordsmith & More since 2006 providing editing, marketing and communications, and website development for business, NFPs and government.

Fred Van’t Sand

IMG_4653Fred is a very naughty boy who started writing poetry in an attempt to pass a few courses at teachers college. He can’t write love poetry and can’t eat cauliflower because his mum always over cooked it. He likes honest but warped people more than other kinds and wishes for world peace often.

Victoria Alondra

IMG_7224Mexican born, raised in Canada, a resident of Australia by chance. Community worker in Central Australia by day; truth seeker and part time artist by night. A student of life, always seeking to grow from the next (mis)adventure.

Glenn Morrison

HEADSHOT_Lo-resGlenn writes in many guises of Australia’s Centre and North. He has won awards, sat on writers’ boards and spoken at festivals and on television. If you see him, tell him to get home and finish his book Songlines and Fault Lines, due out in 2017.

Meg Mooney

MegMooneyMeg Mooney’s third book of poetry, Being Martha’s Friend, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2015. Her other books are The Gap, Picaro Press, 2010, and For the Dry Country: Writing and Drawings from the Centre, a collaboration with artist Sally Mumford, Ptilotus Press, 2005.

Dan the Underdog

13514222_10154641080040730_1855004954_nDan the Underdog is an award winning Northern Territory based MC/producer. He has been pivotal in establishing the Northern Territory Hip Hop scene. Since his humble beginnings with Teknikal Onslaught in Darwin to taking the nation by storm with Catch The Fly, to starting Bring It ON NT Battle league with Northern Versifiers Firm, he has always been about dope beats and a live stage show.

Penny Drysdale

DSCN2669Penny Drysdale is a poet and works on social justice and cultural projects in Central Australia. She is currently Manager of the Akeyulerre Healing Centre. Penny won the NT Literary Awards Poetry Prize in 2015 and was a finalist in 2011 and 2012.

Bernadette Trench-Thiedman

Bernie - high res-1Bernadette Trench-Thiedman (Ms. Divine) follows in the footsteps of her Spiritualist Grandmother, providing divine guidance through the Standard English Dictionary (and sometimes Microwave cookery books if the needs arises). The Founder and Mayor of Wrongtown, Ms. Divine conjures paintings and puppetry as a means to articulate divine messages for those who believe deeply in pigment and papier mache.

Kat Taylor

miss print head shotAfter a promising start at Literati College, a blast furnace explosion shattered Kat Taylor’s (Miss Print) illusions with the Writetown establishment. The meaning in this “accident” was clear: time to farewell her wordsmithing ambitions. Miss Print became… a Writing School Drop-out.


1_webSO REAL likes to ride the crest of the artistic wave on the real sea, as we believe it’s the most interesting and exciting place to be. Our imagination and visions are as large as life pluming from the theatre rooftop, seeping and oozing out under the gallery door rolling down the street to mall where all the locals hang out. We take art to life visiting the everyday experience as if it were the most cutting edge exhibition/show.

Kim Zeneth

Kim Zeneth Head Shot 2016Kimberley has published in journals, books, stone, parking-meters and on skin. She created poetry installation for the Adelaide Fringe, co-wrote an opera libretto, completed a Master of Creative Writing and was selected for a Poetry Masterclass with Ron Pretty and a Fiction Fellowship at Varuna. Her first book Awake During Anaesthetic was published in 2009, National New Poets Program. The Adelaide City Council commissioned Kim to work with four sculptors to create the Wirranendi Sculpture Trail. She is working on her next poetry collection while co-writing a novel. She lives in the desert with her beautiful wife.

Leni Shilton

Leni ShiltonLeni Shilton lives in Central Australia where she has worked as a creative writing lecturer, a prison educator and a bush nurse. Her poetry is published in journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally.

Matthew Heffernan

Matt Headshot_colourMatthew Heffernan is an Indigenous/Irish man, who was introduced to poetry through song writing and particularly the Hip Hop culture. Matthew has performed as a rapper in a variety of settings across the Northern Territory and Australia, and now draws on the idiosyncrasies of this art-form as a basis for all his writing. Hailing from Alice Springs but calling Darwin home, Matthew writes from the perspective of love, curiosity and strength.

Lia Tilson

13383534_1547378605571477_293753170_oJust a bedroom poet until now, Lia Tilson is a new Alice resident embarking on a debut exhibition. Much of her work explores the spirit of collaboration with other women, connecting the dots between visual art and the written word with a sonic twist.
Turning the page from a 15 year background in Melbourne’s music industry, Lia’s work riffs between dreams, alcoholism, anxiety, and a newfound desert palate. There’s a sluggish romanticism to the collection Tilson cleared from her Fitzroy bedroom, into a 3kg express bag bound for the 0870. Check it out at .

Sabina McKenna

Sabina_lr01_111514Sabina McKenna is a Melbourne-born artist fresh back from a few-year stint in New York City where she exhibited at the George Billis Gallery and worked for well-known artist such as Aki Sasamoto & Samara Golden. Having previously worked only with watercolour (illustrating distorted figures in splashes pink and blue), McKenna began to explore other mediums such as video whist studying at the National Academy Museum in NYC. Her work features as part of collaborative installation, Bedroom Eyes.

Maureen O’Keefe

IMG_3760Born and raised in Ali-Curung, Maureen O’Keefe is a Warlpiri woman who began writing by keeping a personal diary in her twenties. Now a respected writer and poet, Maureen brings us tales about family and country.

Sanya Yorth

sanya slamsSanya Yorth is a two-time Australian Poetry Slam National Finalist (2013 & 2015) whose honest and heartfelt poetry invokes truth, justice, love and possesses the transformative power to incite political and social change. He will leave a profound imprint on your conscience and spirit. Get ready to feel inspired!

Anupama Pilbrow

anupama-interview-picAnupama Pilbrow studies mathematics at The University of Melbourne. She works as deputy editor of The Suburban Review and co-manager of Sibboleth Poetry Reading Group. She received the 2016 Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship and her work has been published in local and international poetry journals.

Ben Mcintyre

DSC_0028Ben’s footprints have traversed much of the Territory at one time or another. His poetic practice has waxed and waned over the millenia, but always returned to its spiritual home of Totem Theatre. Possibly too much bogan hipster.

Betty Sweetlove

HeadshotHailing from the UK now calling Alice Springs home, Betty is a poet interested in social justice, identifying birds and revolution. Her work is touching and raw with a quiet presence that keeps you clutching onto every word.

Adrian McNamara

FullSizeRenderAdrian McNamara lived in Tennant Creek for over 10 years. While there he joined the local art community via Barkly Writers Ink and for three years built up his skills through workshops, seminars and Tutorship. This lead to him being published in an anthology, “Desert Writing. Stories from Country” in 2015.