La Mama presented poetry for the first time in 1967, now curated by Amanda Anastasi, La Mama Poetica remains a night of some of the best spoken word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer, with a diverse selection of both emerging and established poets.
Ouyang Yu has published 128 books in both English and Chinese encompassing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary translation and criticism. His 2nd book of poetry ‘Songs of the Last Chinese Poet’ was shortlisted in the 1999 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and his 3rd novel ‘The English Class’ won the 2011 NSW Premier’s Award.
Alice Allan is a Melbourne poet. Her books include ‘The Empty Show’ (Rabbit Poets Series, 2019), which was commended in the 2019 Anne Elder Award, and the chapbook ‘Blanks’ (Slow Loris, 2019). She is the host of the podcast ‘Poetry Says’ and is the co-convener of ‘Impossible Machine’, combining poetry and improvised performance.
Brian Walters is a poet and a barrister. In 1972, he won the Monash University Poetry Prize and he has written for several newspapers and journals. Brian’s collection ‘Angels, like laundry’ was published as an interactive Apple book this year. He is also the author of Treason: Claus von Stauffenberg and the Plot to Kill Hitler.