14 Oct 2022



State Library Victoria 

328 Swanston St
Melbourne 3000


Friday 14 October, 6.30pm

VENUE: State Library Victoria

Black Rhymes Aboriginal Poetry Night creates a space for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Indigenous voices to come together and be heard. 


Black Rhymes Aboriginal Poetry Night provides space for First Nations voices to speak their poetic and political truths, platforming poetry around Aboriginal mental health and healing. Hosted by Evelyn Araluen, Black Rhymes’ central collective of performers will appear with guest poets. 

Black Rhymes Aboriginal Poetry Night began in Redfern in 2016. Featuring local and visiting Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Indigenous talent, Black Rhymes aims to create a community space for poetry and empowerment. 

Photo: Evelyn Araluen

Artist Biography

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation, born, raised, and writing in Dharug country. A poet, researcher and educator,  she won the 2022 Stella Prize with her first book, Dropbear.  Evelyn is currently co-editor of Overland. Her writing has also been awarded the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. She authored the chapter ‘Poetic Solidarities’ with US poet, Claudia Rankine in the book, The Big Anxiety: Taking Care of Mental Health in Times of Crisis (Bloomsbury 2022).

How to Engage

Audiences are invited to sit, listen and enjoy storytelling through poetry.