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Rhys Rodgers

July 21, 2017

Santo Cazzati is joined in the studio by a very young Rhys Rodgers, fresh from his stellar performance at the 2009 Queensland Poetry Festival. We hear his sing song musicality as he winds his way through his various emotional baggages. Very oriented to performance poetry, his material is frequently about the twists and turns of intense intimate relationships, with sharp political thrusts into sexual politics. In the discussion, he gives us a fascinating insight into the process of composition of such pieces.


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Pope Fred

July 10, 2017

The meeting of a saint and a pope - Spoken Word presenter Santo Cazzati introduces Pope Fred, anarchist, cultural agitator and colourful personality. Pope Fred rants spiritedly against car culture, consumerism, the mental health system and many others. The two protagonists discuss the reasons for the attempted control of society through the mental health system, the underlying economic causes of society's ills and the possibilities for a revolutionary transformation of that society.


Jessica, Koraly and Santo free-for-all

May 26, 2017

A rare programme with three presenters together in the studio : 3CR Spoken Word co-founder Santo Cazzati with newer personnel Koraly Dimitriades and Jessica Alice. Topics discussed include the immigrant experience, feminist theory in poetry, youth culture, and the musicality of the voice. Each presenter performs one of their poems : Santo does Music for Restaurants, about the Vietnamese immigrant experience; Koraly does a tough and touching selection from her Love and Fuck Poems; and Jessica does the elegiac When The Bed Is Burning. We also hear the recorded voice of the other programme co-founder Rhonda Jankovic reading one of her poems. At the time, Rhonda was near death and unable to be in the studio, so the programme was a quiet tribute to her.


Paul Skec

May 19, 2017

A programme of crazy and spontaneous interaction between 3CR Spoken Word presenter Santo Cazzati and guest poet Paul Skec. Amidst the general philosophical prattle and weird noises emanating from the mouths of these two are observations on science, the Croatian language, the immigrant experience, Paul's wife Lish and their two twin children. Paul Skec is one of the ghoulish presences on Melbourne's grassroots poetry scene, always there skulking in the backround somewhere.


3CR Spoken Word First Programme (2009)

May 5, 2017

The first ever programme, from 2009. Introduced by the programme's founder, the late and much missed Rhonda Jankovic. With assistance from other members of the first team of presenters : Gerard Watkins, Peter Goodyear and Santo Cazzati. We hear a very wide range of poetry, from Judith Wright through to the blistering vocal pyrotechnics of the latest performance poetry.


Darcy Moran reads Oscar Wilde

May 2, 2017

Former 3CR Spoken Word presenter Darcy Moran reads the devastatingly moving yet aesthetically elegant as always Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde.


Susan Fealy

April 29, 2017

Susan Fealy has just released her first book of poetry, Flute of Milk. It has been ten years in the making, after her poems have been included in many journals and anthologies in Australia and the US. She has a careful and distinct style of reading her poetry, which is most appropriate to the refinement and thoughtfulness of her composition. The issues she deals with in her poetry include love, loss, gender and aesthetics. These and other issues are discussed by the poet and 3CR Spoken Word presenter Santo Cazzati.


Andy Jackson with Rhonda Jankovic

April 28, 2017

One of the programmes from the early 2010s presented by the late Rhonda Jankovic, founder of 3CR Spoken Word, recipient of the Spirit of 3CR Award, and legendary and tireless community broadcaster and activist. She shows a real understanding of her guest's poetry and engages with him intelligently and sensitively. Her guest is Andy Jackson, who at the time of this programme had just launched his book Among The Regulars. We can hear Andy's gently understated attitude to everything here, matched by his calmly expressive vocal style. Highlights (lowlights?!) include poems about undergraduate antics and inanities, and about what it means to be pee shy.


Michael Reynolds

April 21, 2017

Santo Cazzati's first episode as presenter of 3CR Spoken Word, from 2009. His guest is Michael Reynolds, convenor of long running gig Passionate Tongues, tireless promoter of the work of other poets, legendary photographer of the grassroots scene, whimsical and thoughtful poet in his own right, and one of the kindest people you could imagine on the poetry scene. As a bonus, we also hear the kooky meditations on Ikea and Connex by the inimitable Becca Kellaway.


Michael Crane

April 19, 2017

In this podcast Michael Crane reads a selection of his poetry and other faves by contemporary poet-musicians in the studios of 3CR. Studio production: Peter Davis

Michael Crane is a widely published Australian poet, writer and compere of poetry events in Melbourne.

Born in Brisbane in 1961, Michael moved to Melbourne at age 18. He has been an active member of Melbourne's poetry scene, performing in many open poetry readings from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, Michael organised the first Poetry Slam to be held in Australia and has organised and run more than 150 since.

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Bio from site of The Red Room Company

Michael organised the first Poetry Slam in Australia in 1991 and since then has organised more than 150 Slams, one of which was presented at the 2000 Melbourne Writers Festival. Michael self-published three chapbooks from 1991 to 1994: The Book of Screams, An Almost Summer and Joan of Arc was a fire-eater. His work has appeared in several literary journals and newspapers.

In 1998, ten of Michael's poems appeared in the collection Loose Kangaroos which featured three other writers including Sandy Jeffs. Also that year, Michael's first collection of poetry The Lightmaster, was published by Phoebe Press. In 1999, Michael received a small grant from the Myer Foundation which enabled him to self-publish three booklets: The Book of Screams (reprised) 1, 2 & 3. He also released a CD of spoken word and musical accompaniment called Not Mad Just Raving. Michael has been interviewed on Radio National several times and appeared on the PoeticA Program on two occasions. In 1998 Michael was a featured poet on The ABC TV program Voices.  Michael also performs musical poems with singer/songwriter Trish Anderson, formerly of the band Git. Michael and Trish have been selected to tour regional high schools in Victoria in 2010