Published 6 September 2009 · Main Posts live from the dan Overland Overloaded IQ (poet Benjamin Theolonius Sanders), the official Overland Overloaded poet laureate, haiku-ed live from the Dan O’Connell Overload readings late this afternoon, capturing the open mic and feature readings as they unfolded. Poets were excited and in top form. IQ catches first reader Brian rousing the dead, the convener (Melbourne poet) Cam Black relaxing back into the gig, and feature Overload poet, Australian poetry legend Eric Beach commanding an ocean. First Spot Brian is up first reading the dead ones, bringing a dusty mouth green. Convener Cam is plaid-clad eyes a pint of chilled cider. Beach poetry on tap. Wee Sing By the window wee while ago snowy beard song passed by McKelvie. Ballads abound bunched barely under his chin. Sung baritone winter. boom Out of Viki booms chunky-hipped notes, bittersweet meals of hot soul food. building Australia how bookshelves begin filling: chapbooks and CDs bought from poet’s hands. Depth to Spare salty ocean words experience minerals crash from Eric Beach. When your beer applauds jazzy syllables, bubbles old men stay young; play. ©Benjamin Theolonius Sanders (IQ) 5 September 2009 Dan O’Connell Overload Poetry Festival 2009 Overland Overloaded More by Overland Overloaded › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202326 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.