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WELCOME HOME

  by Lily Mae Martin

by Lily Mae Martin

 

Welcome to Slama.
Welcome Home.

SLAMALAMADINGDONG! is Melbourne's longest-running Spoken Word Poetry Slam, and one of the strongest slam communities in Australia.

Since 2011, we've offered Melbourne the highest calibre of locally and internationally acclaimed performance artists, as well as a safe space and community where all poets can share their stories, grow as artists, and call us home.

As of 2017, Slamalamadingdong is a PSI-certified poetry slam, meaning that every year, we're eligible to send a team of poets to the US for the National Poetry Slam, and other such international, representative slams.

Keep an eye out for our deciding Grand Finals in May 2017.

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SLAMALAMADINGDONG! takes place every
last Thursday of the month at the
iconic Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood.

We invite poets, storytellers and performance artists to sign up to slam at 6:30pm,
and the show kicks off at 7:00pm sharp.

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Latest Scores

Leaderboard

August

First Place
Michael Pardy
Slam Score: 81.6
NPS Ranking: =2

Second Place
Amit Dahiyabadshah
Slam Score: 81
NPS Ranking: 4

Third Place
Jason Geller
Slam Score: 80.4
NPS Ranking: 1

September

First Place
Zuleyha Gurdag
Slam Score: 85.4
NPS Ranking: =2

Second Place
Jason Geller
Slam Score: 82.4
NPS Ranking: 1

Third Place
Aaron Lalux
Slam Score: 81.3
NPS Ranking: 5

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POET

Jason Geller

Zuleyha Gurdag

Michael Pardy

Amit Dahiyabadshah

Aaron Lalux

POINTS

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The points aren't the point,
the point is the poetry!

That being said,
here are the rules.

1. Perform your poetry. Each poem must be of the Poet's own construction.

2. Each Poet gets 3 minutes, and a ten-second grace period.

3. The Poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments. However, if your poems aren't memorised, you may use paper, notebook or phones.

4. Poets are scored from 1 to 10 by 5 judges. Highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the middle three are added together, giving you a total score out of 30.

5. Arrive early. Put your name into the hat at 6:30PM and 12 Poets will be drawn at random. If your name is not drawn, you will be guaranteed a spot next month.

6. 12 Poets in the first round. 6 Poets in the second round. And 3 Poets in the last round.

7. Bring new pieces and don't repeat a poem in any round in any open slam during this season between August 2018 and March 2020. You can repeat poems in Grand Slams, off-season slams and qualification slams such as our January women's slam.

7. Place First, Second, Third or make it into the second round and you'll accumulate points to qualify for our Grand Slam in April 2019, where you'll fight to represent Slama at national or international tournaments.

8. All performers may be recorded, photographed and quoted (with credit) for promotional purposes.

 
  Founder & Slamamama - Michelle Dabrowski    A Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, poet, arts educator and community development practitioner,  Michelle  founded Slamalamadingdong! in 2011, and is infectiously known as our Slamamama.    From Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Festival to Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, Michelle has performed, taught and produced internationally for the past ten years, as well as creating charismatic and transformational social movements through her work in communities.

Founder & Slamamama - Michelle Dabrowski

A Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, poet, arts educator and community development practitioner, Michelle founded Slamalamadingdong! in 2011, and is infectiously known as our Slamamama.

From Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Festival to Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, Michelle has performed, taught and produced internationally for the past ten years, as well as creating charismatic and transformational social movements through her work in communities.

  Creative Producer - Benjamin Solah    Benjamin Solah  is a spoken word artist, raised in Western Sydney, living in Melbourne where he studied Creative Writing at RMIT and founded Melbourne Spoken Word. He has been described as 'a writer to be reckoned with' and his work as 'no holds barred passionate.' He has appeared in Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, Going Down Swinging and as part of White Night, Melbourne Fringe and featured at many regular poetry events around Melbourne.

Creative Producer - Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a spoken word artist, raised in Western Sydney, living in Melbourne where he studied Creative Writing at RMIT and founded Melbourne Spoken Word. He has been described as 'a writer to be reckoned with' and his work as 'no holds barred passionate.' He has appeared in Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, Going Down Swinging and as part of White Night, Melbourne Fringe and featured at many regular poetry events around Melbourne.

  Creative Producer - Meena Shamaly   Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a hybrid creative with a hybrid identity who quenches his thirst for stories by creating music and poetry. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry.

Creative Producer - Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a hybrid creative with a hybrid identity who quenches his thirst for stories by creating music and poetry. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry.

 
  Chalise Van Wyndgaart    Chalise van Wyngaardt  is a Spoken Word poet, writer, editor and performer. Her storytelling tackles through faith, love, sexuality, culture, politics, addiction, and identity. She combines abstract mythology with historical exploration to weave together fractured connections between the human and the divine. Chalise van Wyngaardt's spoken word career began on the open mic at theDan O' Connell in 2015, and she hasn't looked back since.

Chalise Van Wyndgaart

Chalise van Wyngaardt is a Spoken Word poet, writer, editor and performer. Her storytelling tackles through faith, love, sexuality, culture, politics, addiction, and identity. She combines abstract mythology with historical exploration to weave together fractured connections between the human and the divine. Chalise van Wyngaardt's spoken word career began on the open mic at theDan O' Connell in 2015, and she hasn't looked back since.

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    Rowan White is an Anglo-Melbournian poet, spoken word performer, singer, activist, & driving instructor. Rowan writes about the beautiful here and now and the problem of privilege. His style is personal and polemical, with a touch of dag. Rowan published his first book 'Tailwind and other poems', in 2015. He is enthused by slam as a format for engaging audiences, promoting different voices, and fostering creative community. He joined the Slamalama crew in 2016.

Rowan White

Rowan White is an Anglo-Melbournian poet, spoken word performer, singer, activist, & driving instructor. Rowan writes about the beautiful here and now and the problem of privilege. His style is personal and polemical, with a touch of dag. Rowan published his first book 'Tailwind and other poems', in 2015. He is enthused by slam as a format for engaging audiences, promoting different voices, and fostering creative community. He joined the Slamalama crew in 2016.

  Joel McKerrow    Joel McKerrow  is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012). Joel also spends much of his time running poetry workshops within schools and other organisations around poetry, creativity, identity, social justice and spirituality.

Joel McKerrow

Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012). Joel also spends much of his time running poetry workshops within schools and other organisations around poetry, creativity, identity, social justice and spirituality.

  Sound Guru - Mandy Petit   Mandy Petit, our in (tha) house sound ragamuffin, is a Grand Lord of dabbling and Grand Master of getting his paws filthy amidst many other wonderful creative outlets the Melbourne provides. He's a writer, musician, composer, DJ, actor, spoken word performer - all of which he does from horseback, while stunt car driving, firing a bow and arrow and preparing signature dishes for cooking show auditions. Apparently the renaissance found steroids. (Quietly though) He's actually kinda self conscious and often hides behind humour and grandiose claims to avoid existential crises and heartbreak... DEATH TO TOXIC MASCULINITY!!!!!

Sound Guru - Mandy Petit

Mandy Petit, our in (tha) house sound ragamuffin, is a Grand Lord of dabbling and Grand Master of getting his paws filthy amidst many other wonderful creative outlets the Melbourne provides. He's a writer, musician, composer, DJ, actor, spoken word performer - all of which he does from horseback, while stunt car driving, firing a bow and arrow and preparing signature dishes for cooking show auditions. Apparently the renaissance found steroids. (Quietly though) He's actually kinda self conscious and often hides behind humour and grandiose claims to avoid existential crises and heartbreak... DEATH TO TOXIC MASCULINITY!!!!!

 

Three-Ring Circus

We'd like to acknowledge the unforgettable imprint three poets had on Slamalamadingdong, the Three Ring Circus consisting of Arielle, Will and Sam who came on board as Creative Producers from April 2016 until December. In such a short time, they were responsible for bringing the three-round format and PSI-incorporation to Slama and changing the slam for the better.

  Former Creative Producer - Arielle Cottingham    Arielle is a poet and performance artist out of coastal and South Texas, now based in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa.    When she isn't writing poetry, she's facilitating it as one of the creative producers for Melbourne's Slamalamadingdong.

Former Creative Producer - Arielle Cottingham

Arielle is a poet and performance artist out of coastal and South Texas, now based in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa.

When she isn't writing poetry, she's facilitating it as one of the creative producers for Melbourne's Slamalamadingdong.

  Former Creative Producer - William Beale   The author of "they call us loud" (2015), William's an Australian poet, writer and actor with years of experience performing, creatively producing and teaching in international poetry communities.  Creative Producer of Melbourne's Slamalamadingdong, Co-founder of Malaysia's If Walls Could Talk, and winner of various performing arts awards, his work has been called "a boy howling his way into the world."

Former Creative Producer - William Beale

The author of "they call us loud" (2015), William's an Australian poet, writer and actor with years of experience performing, creatively producing and teaching in international poetry communities.

Creative Producer of Melbourne's Slamalamadingdong, Co-founder of Malaysia's If Walls Could Talk, and winner of various performing arts awards, his work has been called "a boy howling his way into the world."

  Former Creative Producer - Sam Ferrante    Sam is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY, Ireland, and Australia.    A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, she's also Editor-in-Chief for online magazine, CrowdInk, and a regular attendee of as many poetry events as she can cram into a week.    Her debut book of poetry, ‘Pick Me Up’ got rave reviews from her mom.

Former Creative Producer - Sam Ferrante

Sam is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY, Ireland, and Australia.

A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, she's also Editor-in-Chief for online magazine, CrowdInk, and a regular attendee of as many poetry events as she can cram into a week.

Her debut book of poetry, ‘Pick Me Up’ got rave reviews from her mom.

Our Poetry Home

The Melba Spiegeltent,
35 Johnston Street, 
Collingwood, VIC, 3066

 

Interested in joining? Have some questions?
We'd love to hear from you.

Email us at slamalamaslam@gmail.com

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