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#BREAKtheBIAS: Women poets on International Women's Day

21 Shepherd St
Chippendale NSW 2008
Knox Street Bar

Every day, 7pm to 9:30pm Friday 18 February to Tuesday 8 March

Women writing poetry is aesthetic, intellectual and physical. The sheer hard work and energy of writing poetry emerges on stage for an innovative livestreaming event.

Therapeutic, formative of hard-won wisdom and transformative in the challenge to break the bias, the poets represent a broad cross-section of contemporary Australian women poets with the intention to create a dialogue. Expect a controversial meandering in-and-out from one another, socially, politically, sexually, racially, experientially and creatively to illustrate the great diversity of theses women’s lives and their creative expression.

A range of women poets from a diversity and variety of voice, thought, place and poetic preoccupation will feature at the performance livestreaming hour-long event include: Acclaimed writer, Opera Australia director and performer of Six Quick Chicks, Liesel Badorrek will be the evening’s host; award-winning writer, director and performer Melita Rowston, whose recent play Cockroach toured internationally to rave reviews; performance poet powerhouse, actor, dancer and activist Mel Ree; Esteemed Sydney based poet, Elizabeth Allen’s poetry, short-fiction and literary criticism is published in well-respected Australian publications; poet and editor, Michele Seminara, whose second full-length collection, Suburban Fantasy (UWA Publishing, 2021) is a feminist exploration of the dark underbelly of suburbia. Cabaret poetry diva and former Inner West Councillor, Stanmore Ward for The Greens, Lou Steer; Video poetry by Elena Knox, whose work amplifies impulses to totemism, idolatry and fetishism, she is represented by Anomaly, Japan and award winning Papua New Guinean-Australian digital content maker and poet, Alana Hicks.

International Women’s Day #BREAKtheBIAS is a celebration of women’s achievements, to raise awareness against bias and to take action for equality.

Knox.Live is a state-of-the-art livestreaming event space in Chippendale, with a high-air exchange ventilation system. The venue hosts regular performance and community events that livestreams to an international online network.

Join the celebration by contributing to the event through your audience participation. There is limited audience capacity and tickets are on a first purchase basis.

#BREAKtheBIASE: Women poets perform on International Women’s Day

Poetry Sydney nurtures innovation, discovery, and inspiration through the poetry of today. We present established, emerging and early career poets from diverse poetry practices. For more information please visit our website:

Covid-safe information

The latest health regulations apply including QR Code registration on entering the venue and proof of double vaccination.Knox St has ventilation systems installed in its main bar & performance room that exchanges the air 8x/hour. The minimum standard in NSW hospitals is 6x/hour.



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