Aïsha is an Afro-Greek arts worker based on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung lands. She occasionally curates, performs, paints, and makes zines. Aïsha is interested in becoming more and more herself, being part of black learning spaces, and figuring out what she's meant to be doing here.
Aïsha is currently the Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and has performed at Yirramboi Festival, Still Nomads' Displace and Displant at Arts House, Melbourne Writers' Festival and Melbourne Fringe.
Beaziyt Worcou is a Birraranga (Melbourne) based graphic designer working within the art and cultural sector to produce various forms of printed matter.
They have a particular interest in working with and for bla(c)k and First Nations cultural workers to publish work specific to these communities.
NEGRO SPEAKS OF BOOKS
Taking its name from the poem ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes, Negro Speaks of Books is an online platform dedicated to hosting conversations about Black literature.
Mary, as a 90’s hip-hop head from the Latinx diaspora growing up on Boonwurrung country is driven to celebrate and make visible community knowledge that is generated outside of formal institutions of learning. Since as a teenager being struck by the multi-dimensional power of hip-hop culture Mary started as an emcee on the Nuffsaid Records label and went to co-found the ladiesluvhiphop collective and co-direct/produce All the Ladies documentary with Colleen Hughson (currently in the Aus Music Vault) and co-creative Produce MASSIVE hip-hop choir with Liss Gabb. She’s currently working on a podcast with her cohealth Arts Generator fam called They did, didn’t They due for release mid 2019.
Laniyuk was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She was fortunate enough to contribute to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives as well as winning the Indigenous residency for Canberra's Noted Writers Festival 2017. Laniyuk received Overland’s Writers Residency for 2018 as well as being shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.
Torika is mother, artist and educator who produces multidisciplinary projects that centre the counter-narrative of marginalised stories through curatorial collaboration, photography, video, installation and publication. She is the founder of the Community Reading Room, Pacific Photobook Project and managed the CPAF Symposium from 2013-14. Torika holds a PhD from the School of Art and Design (UNSW) and is a Lecturer in Art and Performance at Deakin University. She was born and raised, an uninvited guest on muwinina country and is of Fijian (Kadavu/Beqa) and anglo celtic ancestry.