Feb 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centre for Stories
Join Dr Vivienne Glance for an evening of celebration as we launch Lakesong a collection of poems by Lakshmi Kanchi, also known as SoulReserve. We are also thrilled to have Dr Rashida Murphy in conversation with Lakshmi Kanchi about the book. The evening will include poetry readings from Jaya Penelope, Miriam Wei Wei Lo, Blake Innes, and Sunny Blundell-Wignall.
Copies of Lakesong will be available to purchase on the evening. Drinks and nibbles included.
RSVP is essential, or purchase a ticket to secure your attendance and a copy of the anthology (to collect on the evening).
Lakshmi Kanchi, pen name SoulReserve, is an emerging Western Australian poet of Indian descent. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuousness, fantasy and zest in nature, and allegories that provoke thought and evoke tender feelings. Her writing anatomises the complex linkages between history, language, culture, perception, and nature.
She is a Centre for Stories fellow and the recipient of the 2021 Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets. Her poem “Watermarks” was shortlisted for the South Coast Writers Centre’s 2022 Poetry Prize. Read her published works in—”Social Alternatives”, “Portside Review”, “Burrow Journal”, “The Saltbush Review”, “Blue Bottle Journal”, “Seagift Journal”, “Recoil 12”, “Poetry d’Amour—2019, 2020, & 2022”, “Letters To Our Home”, “Brushstrokes II” and “Creatrix.”
She is the current Poet-in-Residence at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn where through engagement, events, and workshops, she is working towards making poetry accessible to everyone in the wider community.
Praise for Lakesong
“Warm, accessible, distinctive. This first collection navigates the complex terrain of the migrant journey. Kanchi writes to place herself in both India and Australia. She writes with a curious and observant eye and with great sensitivity towards the natural world. There is a gentle, but heartfelt warning here of the consequences of ecological disaster, whichever part of the globe one calls home.” – Miriam Wei Wei Lo
SoulReserveExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Lakshmi R Kanchi, pen name SoulReserve, is an emerging Western Australian poet of Indian descent. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuous and fantastical and zesty nature through allegories that provoke thought and evoke tender feelings. Lakshmi’s writing anatomises the complex linkages between history, language, culture and perception. She is the current Poet-in-Residence at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn. She is the recipient of the 2021 Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets and her poem ‘Watermarks’ was shortlisted for the South Coast Writers Centre’s 2022 Poetry Prize. You can read her published works in Across Vast Horizons, Poetry d’Amour – 2019 & 2020, Letters To Our Home, The Saltbush Review, Recoil 12, Blue Bottle Journal, Burrow Journal, Brushstrokes II and Creatrix.
Dr. Vivienne GlanceExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Vivienne is a writer and performer, working across media: poetry, performance, science, and written and spoken word. She also performs/records her writing and the work of other writers and has been invited to several festivals, both for writing and for theatre in Australia, UK and USA. She's committed to arts development and inclusivity in the community, and run workshops on playwriting, poetry-writing for children in schools, creating work across language and culture, adult creative writing classes, and sessions to help writers perform their work at readings and events. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia (UWA), researching representations of science in performance and writing a full-length performance work. In addition to this, she has been an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA. She has also worked as a project co-ordinator for Out of the Asylum Writers (WA), as a financial officer for Indigo journal (WA) and festival co-director for The Arts Catalyst (London), an organisation that she co-founded with Nicola Triscott in 1993.
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