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The Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe is the home of new, cutting edge and classic Afrikan literature, a literary gig and performance event that brings Afrikan artists together in conversation with First Nations and Pasifika artists.

With Piriye Altraide, Indiah Money, Niasha and Pauline Vetuna. Hosted by Sista Zai Zanda.

Indiah Money

Wiradjuri woman, Indiah Money, currently studies Indigenous & gender discourse at the University of Melbourne. She was raised on Boon Wurrung and lives in Naarm. Her creative outlets are through poetry focusing on her Aboriginality, queerness, mental illness, skin colour, relationships and stories. Money also paints, using neutral tones generally depicting themes of pregnancy and death. She has been published in various editions of ‘Under Bunjil’ as well as in ‘The Rabbit Journal.

Piriye (Piri) Altraide

Piriye (Piri) Altraide is a Nigerian-born writer of poetry, short fiction, hybrid creative non-fiction (experimental) and an escapee from Perth. Her work explores themes around race, culture, identity, anxiety and family. Singing is sometimes included.

Sista Zai

Sista Zai is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She founded Stillwaters Storytelling Collective in 2011, a platform for Black women who write. Her latest project is the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe, which she hosts and curates. Audiences at the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe have been spoiled by over 100 performances by African and First Nations storytellers with headliners such as Australia’s Candy Bowers, London’s queen of theater and spoken word, Kat Francois and NYC’s queen of slam poetry, Mahogany L Browne.


NIASHA is the true definition of dynamites come in small packages! Singer, songwriter, spoken word poet and much more, this Zimbabwean-born soul performer will surely get you in your feelings as she delves into the topics of love , identity and a fulfilled life. Her artistry is set to leave your soul taste buds tingling for more.

Pauline Vetuna

Pauline Vetuna is a Tolai (indigenous PNG) woman, artist and writer (of essays, articles, prose, scripts, poetry) living in Narrm. She uses poetry and creative writing to transmute pain, confusion and the experiences of marginalisation into things of beauty and liberation; to document healing lessons that she learns through living and contemplation, and speak new realities into existence. In sharing her inner world through spoken word, Pauline has found a new way to find and connect with kindred souls on the same journey.
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