Performance poetry & slam poetry
The first time I ever performed in front of an audience with poetry was when I was 8 years old. AND it was my first poem in FINNISH. Mind I say, I was nervous.
I have always loved writing stories, with rhythm and feeling. Translating abstract thoughts and emotions to text. Making it concrete.
In performing poetry one can combine all elements, and, you have to really REALLY think about WHAT it is you want to say!
2009 I performed on HKI Poetry Connection’s Poetry Jam the first time. Since that, besides entering their stage, I have been building the poetry scene in Raseborg.
Arranging, MC:ing and hosting poetry jams and slams working by myself or with Bokkalaset, UngInfo, Luckan, Youth Against Racism Finland and Burken: .
Courses, lectures and workshops on performance poetry, slam poetry and rap at for example Uppsala Stadsbibliotek, Kyrkslätt Bibliotek, Kulturkarnevalen , The city of Helsinki, Bokkalaset, Kulturen vid Ån , Rock Donna as well as for Unginfo and Luckan.
I am planning on starting a local association for performance poetry to help develop the scene and support people in poetry in Finland.
PROJECT: Estradpoesi FI – performance poetry in Swedish speaking Finland
January 2016 Malin Åhman and I opened up a blog, or small platform for performance poetry! We focus on spotlighting poets from Swedish speaking Finland, but the poems can be in any language the admins understand. Videos, poetry, tips and tricks will be posted.
Anyone can contribute with sending submissions to the platform’s email!
This idea came from all the workshops I’ve held. Seeing and hearing all the talent made me wish I could somehow support our art of words. So now it is up and running – and if all goes well, sometime in the future, we can start an organisation or association all about performance poetry!
Check out at: estradpoesi.ratata.fi!
LETS BE PEOPLE / Youth Against Racism @ Café Mascot 2015
I hosted the event, and performed performance poetry.
Helsinki Word Festival / Helsinki Poetry Connection @ Café Mascot 2015
Helsinki Word festival is a three-day festival with international poets, rappers, spoken word artists and musicians. The only one of this kind in Finland actually! I performed with rapper OSQ and guitarist Aarne with both poetry and music.
My poem “Your Secret” performed for the first time converted to a song:
ORDSPRAK International Poetry Festival 2015 / Reginateatern, Uppsala, SVE
I had the honor to perform on Ordsprak’s 10-year celebration along sides of many other amazing poets and artists.
Reginateatern / Ordsprak
BURKEN: “Pop up POET” / 2015, Ekenäs, Finland
Organized, MC:d and performed poetry at Pop Up POET event with BURKEN:
POETRY SLAM WINNER / Bokkalaset 2014
First place in Bokkalaset Poetry Slam 2014
Column about performing poetry and poem published in Kontur Magazine oct/2014, pg. 6-7.
Svenska Mästerskapet i Poetry Slam
Silver in Teampiece (team: Melinda Lönnberg, Daniel Nyman, Kristoffer Hindersson)
Silver in Cover slam – Melinda Lönnberg
Video from the contest (swedish)
Team-piece: “Köp Din Lycka”
INTERVIEW / VASTRA NYLAND 2014
Profile, interview in Västra Nyland magazine
About poetry, performing, music and equality.