Learn more about Pola Fanous @polathepoet the Spoken Word Poet and Performing artist and 2018 NSW Poetry Slam Champion online here now.
about the artist.
Pola Fanous is a young spoken word poet, educator and political activist from Western Sydney. An Egyptian-born immigrant, Pola picked up his pen at age 14 and hasn’t put it down since. At age 20, he is a well-loved member of Sydney’s Spoken Word scene, and has featured multiple times at the Parramatta Poetry Slam, the Granville Poetry Slam, the Bankstown Poetry Slam; as well as at schools, rallies, and conferences state-wide. In 2016, Pola competed in the Poetry Olympics at the Art Gallery of NSW and spoke at the City of Sydney's Youth Leadership Conference. In 2017, Pola’s poem Mr War (Palestine) was incorporated into Warren Armstrong and Susannah Williams’ multi-sensory artwork: Listening Device VII: Felt Histories, which went on to be awarded the 2017 Paramor Prize for Art & Innovation. 2017 also saw Pola published in The Resurrection and performing on bigger and more diverse stages, including at the Digital Writers’ Festival, The Plot Music Festival, the BPS Grand Slam and the Parliament House of Australia. In 2018, Pola began writing as a Reporter for Honi Soit, performed twice at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and made waves with the visuals for his now-iconic poem: Westies. Most recently, Pola competed in the Australian Poetry Slam Final at the Sydney Opera House, where he was declared the 2018 NSW Slam Champion! His debut book “STRONGSOFT” is out now.