Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Our Own Devices Poetry Night (Grace, Ken, Mohammed)


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Artist Bios:
Mohamed Hassan is an award-winning poet and journalist from Cairo and Auckland. He was the 2015 NZ National Poetry Slam Champion, and his upcoming collection NATIONAL ANTHEM will be released by Dead Bird Books in 2020.
Grace Iwashita-Taylor, breathing bloodlines of Samoa, England and Japan. An artist of upu/words led her to the world of theatre. Dedicated to carving, elevating and holding spaces for storytellers of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. Recipient of the CNZ Emerging Pacific Artist 2014 and the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant 2016, Writer in residence at the University of Hawaii 2018, Co-Founder of the Rising Voices and the South Auckland Poets Collective and published collections Afakasi Speaks & Full Broken Bloom. Writer of MY OWN DARLING and Curator of UPU (Auckland Arts Festival 2020).
Ken Arkind is a writer, performer, and US National Poetry Slam Champion who has performed at festivals, universities, and venues across the world. He has appeared in the Huffington Post, RNZ, The Denver Post, NBA.com, and HBO. Ken is the author of the poetry collection ‘Coyotes’ (Penmanship Books 2014) and currently works as a Poet and Youth Development Worker for Action Education.
Artwork for the show was done by the talented

Michael Zhang


Portion of all Door Sales go to Auckland Pride – Where it Matters Boosted Campaign.
The performers and venue are committed to best practice when it comes to the safety of our community. Should there be a change in policy or levels, in regards to Covid-19, we will adjust accordingly. If you are feeling unwell, please consider the health and wellbeing of others before attending this event.


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