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The Slam Poetry Show

The Slam Poetry Show

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  • Fri 10 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames St, Oamaru


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (+ service fees): $20.00
  • Seniors (+ service fees): $15.00
  • Children (+ service fees): $10.00

Poetry Slam is a global, social, literary movement. Witness the most vital and energetic thing to happen to poetry in years!

Poetry Slam has revitalized spoken word performance among a new generation of poets the world over. Now it’s Oamaru’s turn. Wrap yourself in righteousness and prepare for the hurricane of words that tumble like rivers of life from the wide-open hearts of performance poets Carrie Rudzinski, Ken Arkind and Mark Raffills.

Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam, Carrie Rudzinski has a delivery that holds the space between mouth and ears and makes it her own. Rudzinski has performed her work across New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India and in almost all 50 of the United States. She is the author of four collections of poetry, the Programme Co-ordinator for the Michael King Writer's Centre's Poetry Project as well as the 2016 Programme Director for Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam.

“If we could bottle the hallelujah on the inside of Ken Arkind’s windpipe there'd be more believers in poetry than there are in Jesus, who coincidently was the last hairy guy to talk this good,” says reviewer Andrea Gibson. Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries and at over 200 colleges and universities.

He is the founding Program Director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. Ken is the author of Denver and Coyotes. He is a year 2 Creative Writing student at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Words have been Mark Raffills’ stock-in-trade for over 40 years. Whether scribbling dispatches from the famine-stricken Horn of Africa or penning reviews of rock albums, the story just has to be told. This Nelson-based publisher, journalist, and publicist has crafted text as though his life - and the lives of others - depended on it.

Convener of both the Golden and Nelson Live Poets groups Raffills is found telling his poems on street corners, in art galleries and pubs or at festivals and poetry events across the country. He was a finalist in the inaugural NZ Poetry Slam in 2011 and again in 2015 and also tours from time to time with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance.

The Box Office and the Opera House Bar & Cafe is open 1 hour prior to the show commencing and during interval. Please call 433 0770 if you require wheelchair seating.

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