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Feature poets

On the 2nd & 4th


of the month

at 2pm


42 Albert Street


West Word poetry has a different feature poet at every session. We pay our features through our book raffle. All proceeds from the raffle go to the feature poet on the day.


Many wonderful new and second-hand books are donated to West Word poetry every year, which can be won by those people who choose, on the day, to enter the book raffle and fund the feature poet.

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poets featuring in 2017...

West Word Poetry is asking for a FUME REDUCTION POLICY in our poetry space, this does not extend to the bar or any other space in the Dancing Dog Cafe, nor is it the cafe policy, it is simply for the poetry event, simply understanding a complex social environmental issue, human rights issue and doing something proactive about it, because poets are forward thinking, and sensitive to the needs of people who are vulnerable/ being harmed. For people to not use perfumes & colognes, or heavy use of spray deodorants. While the space has an open door, it can get congested and cause suffering to those who have had over-exposure to these substances, or conditions like cancer. 38% of the population suffer from the extensive use of petroleum-based substances that are brought in by personal scent products. Substances such are propylene glycol, in these products are carcinogenic, harm asthmatics and people with sensitivities/ allergies, and do need to be banned, however bureaucracy can take a while.

August 27th     Jake Blatchly and Max Voice


Jake Blatchly

has been writing poetry for many years but has only just joined the spoken word live circuit in Melbourne. His style of poetry incorporates references to pop culture, the occult, religion, mythology and much more. He uses these references as conduits to create metaphors and analogies that put a modern twist on poetry. The subjects he touches on are personal, sexual and political. He is currently compiling his first collection of poetry titled Holographic Hieroglyphs, Hateful Hymns and Halo Hits for release in the near future.




Max Voice

among other occupations, is a self-published writer of short stories and the flash fiction. He has his own startup brand, Odious Agenda Publishing in which he put out his first book, Turning Points: a collection of Short Stories. He started studying Fiction Writing through Gotham School of Writing in 2013, and in the following year he started studying Screen Writing while getting a few pieces of his work featured in some online magazines, and working as a sub-editor on the side for some of the other contributors. Over the past few years, he has made occasional appearances among The Dancing Dog Café and The Dan O’connell Hotel, to stand-up and do some readings. His work is dark, visceral, often crossing a line between fiction and reality to human nature. Though he is often distracted by other occupations, he does intend to publish more books in the coming years.


















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More feature poets



Rob Cairns


Laura Fisher

Anna Forsyth

Lisa McLean

Viki Mealings

Gabrielle Everall

Fraser McKay

Gemma White

John Mckelvie

Yvette Stubbs

Hamish Danks Brown

Found & Sound

Jake Blatchly & Max Voice

Jen Jewel Brown

Elizabeth Nkere

Brendan Bonsack

Sandy Jeffs



Rhonda Crisp







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Bronwen Manger

Will Beale

Emily Polites

Alison Croggon

Jez PA Speelman

Cam Black

Anna Fern

Sean M Whelan

Viki Mealings

Hamish Danks Brown

Paul Mitchell

Gabrielle Everall

Joe Dolce

Di Cousens

Petr Malapanis

Jade Pisani

Claire Gaskin

Rikki Livermore

Pauline Brooks

Lily Chan

Emilie Zoey Baker







Poets featured in 2016