Poetry as connection. Poetry as a way of life.
I started performing poetry at 16 and it's been my lifeline ever since. I grew up in Lakemba in Western Sydney and performance poetry connected me to community and it helped me find my voice. Since then, I've been dedicated to helping young people find their voice, find/found their communities. If you don't know where you belong, you can always create a new place to belong. I live by that.
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Gloria Demillo (they/them) is a poet, writer and performer. Their creative work explores the concept of memory, personal and collective histories, and the complicated nature of trauma. While they have often described their work as “sad girlboy” poetry, they are working towards writing about joy, hope, and the transformative power of love. They use a combination of research methods, personal anecdotes, and gossip to inform and influence their work. Their creative contributions include the Harana Poetry Tour for the Art Gallery of New South Wales; published works with the Australian Poetry Journal, Peril Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Red Room Poetry; and appearances at the Biennale of Sydney, National Young Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Wollongong Writers Festival, Solstice Emerging Writers Festival, Australian Poetry Slam, and the Bankstown Poetry Slam Olympics. They are a member of the theatre group Ka-llective and practice a collaborative creative process founded in kapwa (co-spirit).