Cuplet Poetry #14: Aiken, Casey, Jenkins

The Beaumont 68-70 Beaumont Street, Hamilton NSW, Australia

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We’re back to semi-regular programming here at Cuplet, with our September event featuring three fantastic poets with new books to share with you. Catch Michael Aiken, Anne Casey and Gareth Jenkins on September 12 at The Beaumont. Suggested $10 donation keeps the poets coming back.

MICHAEL AIKEN is a writer living and working in Sydney, Australia. In 2015 his first book, A Vicious Example, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize. He has worked as a security guard, shop assistant, television extra, telephone sales manager, musician, chicken catcher, arts reviewer, census collector, security risk assessor, freelance journalist, trades assistant, life model, community worker and labourer in concreting, bricklaying, roofing and diamond drilling. He holds degrees in English literature and international security, and minor qualifications in information technology, ornamental iron forging and thermal cutting and welding.

Originally from the west of Ireland, and living in Sydney, ANNE CASEY is an award-winning poet and writer. Over a 25-year career,
she has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. Anne is Senior Poetry Editor of Other Terrain and Backstory literary journals (Swinburne University, Melbourne). Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read.

GARETH JENKINS has taught poetry and poetics in schools, youth centres, universities, libraries and prisons. His Masters in Psychology was spent measuring the brain’s frontal positive slow wave. His doctorate explored the schizophrenic writing and artmaking of Anthony Mannix. He is the editor of The Toy of the Spirit (forthcoming in 2019 with Puncher and Wattmann), the first book-length publication of Anthony’s collected writings. Gareth’s poetry-film collaborations regularly screen at festivals around the world. He makes and exhibits text-based art at Square One Studios.

CLAIRE ALBRECHT, who will finally be back from the cold and dreary city. Please insert wine.