The SWSA Poet-in-Residence program has been running since 2014, offering poets a chance to explore their work in the settings of the Adelaide City Council City Library, using their facilities including digital archives, media lab, audio and visual facilities and more. From exploring the history of Polish immigrants in the city to lost-and-found objects and Ekphrasis (look it up, we did!), this residency gives poets a chance to step out of their comfort zone, engage the public and, most importantly, create new work.
Month long residencies take place in March, May, August and November. The Poet-in-Residence will be given 12 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement up to a total of $600.
All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form. To get your brains thinking: facilities in the library can include access to internet, access to media lab (thinking audio recording?), projectors (2 projectors in one space!), pin-up and whiteboard walls (for spontaneous scribblings, or something interactive perhaps?).
Previous Poets-in-Residence include: Ian Gibbins, Manal Younus, Matt Smith, Mark Niehus, Sarah Strachan, Bruce Greenhalgh, Rob Walker, Tracey Korsten, Alysha Hermann, Sarah Jean.
The first Poet-in-Residence for 2017 was Sarah Jane Justice followed by Ashlee Karlar and Nico.
Applications are now closed for 2017.
More detailed information, including residency guidelines and selection criteria, is available here as a PDF or downloadable MS Word file.
The Spoken Word SA Poet-in-Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with Adelaide City Council City Library.