Benjamin Solah, spoken word artist

“…no-holds-barred, passionate…” – Ali Alizadeh

“Here is truly a writer to be reckoned with” – Maxine Beneba Clarke

Benjamin Solah is a spoken word artist that can be regularly found performing around Melbourne’s vibrant poetry scene. He’s the founder and Director of Melbourne Spoken Word and a co-producer of Slamalamadingdong. His upcoming textual and aural collection, so there’s pub poets page poets and SLAM POETS is due out in late 2017.

Raised in Western Sydney, he moved to Melbourne in 2008 and was introduced to spoken word and performing poetry in 2010, debuted on the open mic at Passionate Tongues Poetry in Brunswick. Since then, he’s been immersed in the city’s spoken word community, where he founded Melbourne Spoken Word in 2012. His performative and playful style of poetry can regularly be seen around Melbourne, with pieces that are often political, personal and meta. He has performed as a feature poet at many of the regular events around the Melbourne poetry and spoken word scene, including Passionate Tongues Poetry (3 times), The Dan Poets (3 times), Slamalamadingdong, The Owl & Cat Readings, Voices in the Attic, House of Bricks (2 times), Poetry at Night Heron as well as at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne’s White Night, as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, on protests, in wrestling rings, book stores, street corners and online. In August 2017, with Slamalamadingdong, he will coach the first ever Australian team at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO.

Upcoming Performances

Blah Poetry Spot w/ Rik the Most and John Englezos
Monday, August 14, 8pm / Jandro’s Garden Patio, 2623 N Saint Marys Street, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Austin Poetry Slam w/ Rik the Most and John Englezos
Tuesday, August 15, 7pm / Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth Street, Austin, Texas, USA

Write About Now w/ Rik the Most and John Englezos
Wednesday, August 16, 7.30pm / AvantGarden, 411 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, USA

Poets’ Corner
Sunday, September 24, 6pm / Blue Bay Cafe, 665/667 Point Nepean Road, McCrae, Victoria, Australia

Video

Published Work

So there’s pub poets and page poets and SLAM POETS [Beta Version]
Self-published, July 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry War of 97
The Red Room, published by Going Down Swinging in December, 2016.

 

The World Doesn’t Make Sense EP
Self-published in May, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

broken bodies
Out of print, self-published in August, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing
Overland‘s Audio Overland, in August, 2012

 

Duel Power with Santo Cazzati
Self-published in March, 2012

Contact

Benjamin is available to be booked for spoken word performances, workshops, panels, speaking engagements, especially around spoken word, as well as available for professional spoken word career coaching, videography, and web design, among other services.