Alia Gabres is a Melbourne based Poet & Storyteller. She is the Co-director of ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ and Associate Producer in Arts Programming at the Footscray Arts Centre. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Community and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts with a main interest in using Arts Practice as a site for knowledge generation and Cultural transmission.
She was part of the Global Poetics Tour 2011 with New York slam champions Mohagany Brown, Jive Poetics, Shane Koyczan and others. The following year she featured as part of the Please Resist Me tour with National Slam Champion Luka Lesson and acclaimed Poet Joel Mckerrow. She ended 2012 with performances alongside internationally acclaimed Poets Amir Sulaiman and Mark Gonzales.
Alia was curator of the Spoken Word explorations series ‘Tell it like it is’ throughout 2011 and recently co-produced the sold out One Night Stanza Poetry evening with Sydney Writers Festival US guest Poets Anis Mojgani and Ken Arkind.
She was the City Libraries 2012 Poet in Residence and speaker as part of the 2012 Youth Week closing celebrations at the Wheeler Centre.
She is currently recording her debut poetry and sounds album which is due for release in early 2014.
Learn more about Alia’s work at www.aliagabres.com