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The School

Green Square is a medium to long term program primarily for students experiencing challenges in a mainstream setting. The school aims to support students through an individual case management approach to integrate successfully back into a mainstream school, or develop skills that will enhance their ability with their education to positively engage in the wider community.

The Project

On 19 August 2019, poet David Stavanger visited Green Square School to explore placemaking, connection to community, and stories of growing up. This program, part of Red Room Poetry's Youth Unlocked project, saw participants create poetry for street publication with an artist. Poems were performed at The Social Corner in Green Square.

Read the student poems >
Read David's poem 'Solitaire' >

 

This program is supported by MIRVAC and Landcom.

The Poet

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and former psychologist with lived mental health experience. His poetry has been widely published in journals, anthologies and newspapers. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (2014, UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal' about receiving ECT was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry prize. David was Co-Director of QLD Poetry Festival 2015-2017 and David co-directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-2017) and is a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. He is the co-editor of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Rabbit 27 Tense, The Moth Autumn 2020 (Ireland, first international guest poetry editor) and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) His newly released collection is Case Notes (UWAP, 2020). David sometimes performs as Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy. 

He is also well known for his work as a workshop facilitator in schools and with several community writing projects that amplify marginalised voices and lived experience writers including Brotherhood of the Wordless (writers with autism precluded from speech), School of Hard Knocks – Word on the Street (writers with mental health and/or substance abuse issues), MAD Poetry (writers with lived mental health experience), and GranSlam! (a writing and performance project for emerging senior writers aged seventy and over.)

 

Reflection

"Sometimes the poet is not there when you are there" – Youth Unlocked – David Stavanger 

"I was not friends with Duchamp on entering. We are not friends on leaving" – Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchamp – David Stavanger