Published 2 September 2009 · Main Posts why can’t I have two lovers? Overland Overloaded One of the highlights of Taking It To The Streets, the Overload Festival poetry pub crawl on Friday night will be South Australian poet Jenny Toune, possibly the only tap-dancing poet in the world. Yes, we said tap dancing! Jenny will be performing at Southpaw on Friday night as part of the pub crawl, and also at Poetic Riffs on Saturday. We’re thinking Fred Astaire meets Def Poetry Jam, but on fire. The mind boggles! Come and see Jenny on stage and find out! Poetry and dance: how are they different lovers? When I’m with poetry I can put my feet up! Are you avoiding having to choose? Between lovers? Why can’t I have 2? Which artform most makes the world a better place? The art of silence … Are you avoiding that question as well? Well … Do people back away from you when you divulge your secret identity as a tap-dancing poet? Only when they’ve had a good laugh. What do you think makes them back away more: the tap-dancing or the poems? Neither – it’s my fuzzy red hair & the manic look in my eyes What will you be doing at Overload Poetry Festival? Trying to keep the fuzz out of my eyes so I don’t fall off the stage while attempting to tap dance & recite poetry at the same time What will you secretly be doing at Overland Poetry Festival while you think nobody is watching?As above (Q7) – I have a real co-ordination problem! How does the Melbourne Poetry scene differ to that in South Australia? More reprobates to have a beer with. Will you be back here soon? Depends on the number of beers they buy me. Jenny Toune was a professional dancer both in Australia and overseas for fifteen years. Becoming hooked on the rhythms of poetry five years ago, she has recently been performing her work at open mic sessions in Adelaide and Melbourne. She was an SA Finalist in the 2008 Poetry Slam on ABC Radio National and has appeared at Wordfire as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Jenny’s publications include Friendly Street Reader’s #32, and #33, the Max Harris Poetry Award Anthology 2007 and Paroxysm Press’ Ten Years of Things That Didn’t Kill Us. – 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.