Righteous words, alive and loud
World slam poets Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind to shatter the night at Yazza Cafe and The Mussel Inn
Wrap yourself in righteousness and prepare for the hurricane of words that tumble like a river of life from the wide-open heart of Carrie ‘Rudzinski and Ken Arkind - performance poets and slam champions of the poetry world.
Together they will share the concert stage at Yazza Café in Nelson and the Mussel Inn in Golden Bay on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 July respectively on their third visit to the Nelson region since 2011.
Ken Arkind is a United States National Poetry Slam Champion who has performed his work and facilitated workshops across the world. He has performed alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and is the author of two collections of poetry including Coyotes (Penmanship Books), and has appeared on multiple TEDx Stages, HBO, The Huffington Post, TVNZ, and NBA.com. He has been arrested for being loud on several occasions!
“If we could bottle the hallelujah on the inside of this guy's windpipe there'd be more believers in poetry than there are in Jesus, who coincidently was the last hairy guy to talk this good,” says Andrea Gibson, World Of Women's National Poetry Slam Champ.
Arkind currently works as a poet and youth development worker for Action Education based in Auckland. He facilitates workshops across New Zealand/Aotearoa and co-produces Word-The Front Line, New Zealand’s first Inter-High School Youth Poetry Slam competition.
Carrie Rudzinski is a poet, published author, and teaching artist who has performed over the past 16 years in 6 different countries and across the United States. She is blessed with a delivery that ricochets like a bullet of love off a beating heart.
Rudzinski ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and is a co-founder of the JAFA Poetry Slam, Auckland’s only monthly poetry competition. Carrie has authored multiple books and spoken word albums.
In 2019, she won the Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival and received a standing ovation at TedX Christchurch. Featured in Bustle, HuffPost and Teen Vogue, her poems have been published in such collections as Landfall, The Spinoff, Stasis Journal, Learn Than Burn, Catalyst and Muzzle. She is the co-creator of How We Survive, a feminist poetry show which she toured to Nelson back in 2019.
“I first heard these two spoken word artists in Wellington back in 2011”, says promoter, Mark Raffills, “and I have been a fan ever since.
“The impact they have had on spoken word performance in this country has been that of a hurricane! I can assure you they deliver a show that will leave you gasping for breath and believing like you never have before in the power of the word.
“This is a great way to celebrate their 10 years in New Zealand and we are very lucky to have both Carrie and Ken together for this show,” enthuses
“So turn off the TV, wrap yourself in coat and scarf, brave the elements and battle your way to the gigs for a night of poetry that will make a lie of the word ‘speechless!”