Melbourne Spoken Word presents Australian Poetry Slam Champ, Arielle Cottingham
Melbourne Spoken Word
Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the return of Australian Poetry Slam Champ, Arielle Cottingham. Supported by a sample of local Melbourne spoken word and poetry, including Waffle Irongirl, Quinn Eades, Piriye Altraide and the winner of September’s Slamalamadingdong.
Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying abroad at the University of Melbourne. She returned to San Antonio, Texas, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Trinity University, during which time she became a regular performer at PuroSlam and The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. In September 2015 she returned to Melbourne, where she found herself pursuing a career as a full-time, working performance poet and creative producer of Slamalamadingdong. She released her first chapbook, The Tarantist’s Soapbox, in April 2016, and six months later she took first place at the National Championship of the Australian Poetry Slam. Her second book, Black and Ropy, was released in 2017 with Pitt Street Poetry. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to write and perform.
Arielle’s writing probes the territory of the personal as the political, dealing heavily with themes of identity, heritage, history, and the roles they play in immediate, everyday interactions. Her performances explore the interplay between the spoken word and the body, incorporating elements of dance and physical theatre to create multidisciplinary pieces that have been described as both elegant and electrifying.