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The School

Green Square is a medium to long term program primarily for students experiencing challenges in a mainstream setting. The school aims to support students through an individual case management approach to integrate successfully back into a mainstream school, or develop skills that will enhance their ability with their education to positively engage in the wider community.

The Project

On 19 August 2019, poet David Stavanger visits Green Square School to explore placemaking, connection to community, and stories of growing up. This program, part of Red Room Poetry's Youth Unlocked project, sees participants create poetry for street publication with an artist. Poems also will be later performed at The Social Corner in Green Square.

This program is supported by MIRVAC and Landcom.

The Poet

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize finalist and forms the spine of his next Australia Council funded collection CASE NOTES. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is the Co-Editor of Verity La’s SLOT MACHINE, Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 SPOKEN, and the forthcoming SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy. These days he lives between the stage and the page.




I was not friends with Duchamp on entering. We are not friends on leaving. We do share some things – Reflection – David Stavanger