The Salt Room

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Gorman Main Hall
  • COST: Full $10, Concession $5
  • BOOKINGS: Tickets at the door
  • PRESENTER: Presented by Ainslie + Gorman in partnership with BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
  • WHEN: 5:30am to 8:30am
    23 July 2016

‘If I have to have a poem, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.’

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie + Gorman, brings you the Salt Room, the national capital showcase of the finest territory, interstate and international writers and performers.

MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan.

Featuring performances from Desireé Dallagiacomo (US), Zoya Patel (Canberra), Emily Stewart (Sydney), and One Last Border (Canberra).


Desireé Dallagiacomo
Ranking 3rd at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, and 3rd at the 2015 National Poetry Slam, Desireé is an award winning writer, performer, and educator. She is the program director for Forwardarts Inc. (a Louisiana-based literary arts non-profit) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Desireé teaches performance, writing, and social justice workshops across the country. She has been a featured performer at venues ranging from ivy league universities to youth detention centers. With deep roots in a background of poor, working class women, Desireé’s work explores the intersections of gender, class, and race and challenges audiences to step into a world ignored. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post,, Upworthy, The San Francisco Gate, Tulane University’s production of The Vagina Monologues, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and Tandem Review. Studying creative writing and women & gender, she is a student at the University of New Orleans – where she is a recipient of the Ryan Chigazola Poetry Scholarship. Desireé excels when working with student and community populations in middle school, high school, college, and beyond.

Emily Stewart
Emily Stewart is a poet and editor. Her writing has been published in The Age, Overland, Filmme Fatales and The Lifted Brow Digital, among other places. Her second chapbook LIKE is published through Bulky News Press. Her practice encompasses installation and writing for performance, and she has appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, You Are Here, Critical Animals, Rubicon ARI, and with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble (Philippines) as part of their devised theatre performance LoveNOT. Emily is an editor at New South Publishing, and the former editor of Seizure Editions, an online quarterly of new Australian writing. Her new book KNOCKS won the inaugural Noel Rowe Poetry Award, and is available through Vagabond Press.

Zoya Patel
Zoya Patel founded online feminist journal Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. She has been writing about feminist issues since the age of 15, and has had work published in a number of publications including, Women’s Agenda, Wet Ink, Right Now Inc, Scum Magazine and more. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. @zoyajpatel

One Last Border
One Last Border: poetry for refugees was written during the Canberra Poet-A-Thon for Refugees on Saturday, 26 September 2015, at Tilley’s Cafe in Lyneham. The three poets — Hazel Hall, Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew — were writing, writing, writing. They wrote for seven hours to raise money for Canberra Refugee Support, a non-profit organisation that helps refugees and asylum seekers to become as independent as possible as soon as possible.

Canberra Refugee Support said of the poets work, ‘In Canberra Refugee Support, our aim is to help asylum seekers and refugees to become as independent as possible as soon as possible. We are not funded by government – so we really value donations. The work of Hazel Hall, Moya Pacey, Sandra Renew and Tikka Wilson on the Poet-A-Thon fundraising event and on this volume, One Last Border, is a magnificent initiative. The funds raised for our clients will help to change their lives. Thank you!’ – Geoff McPherson, President, Canberra Refugee Support.