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BIO 60 WORDS

Luka Lesson is a poet who's work engages with the Greek mythology of his family homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, had poems studied in Australian curriculums and runs his own poetry retreat in Greece every year. Luka's latest solo work Agapi & Other Kinds of Love will premiere in 2020.

BIO 100 WORDS

Luka Lesson is a poet . Born in Meanjin/Brisbane, Luka’s work engages with the mythology of his Greek homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka is a previous Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra & has poems being studied in curriculums and educations programs across Australia. Luka runs his own annual poetry retreat is his grandfather’s village on the island of Rhodes, Greece every year and his latest solo work 'Agapi & Other Kinds of Love' will premiere in 2020.

BIO 200 WORDS

Luka Lesson is a poet and rapper who's work engages with the Greek mythology of his family homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, released his own musical albums and books, and been published in a number international poetry collections. Luka has toured with poets such as Shane Koyczan (Canada) and Omar Musa (AUS), with musicians such as Akala (UK) and Nahko (USA), and with thinkers such as Dr Cornel West (USA) and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (USA). Luka Lesson has always used education-based programs as a means for social change both within Australia and abroad, and his work is currently being studied in English departments across the country. Luka Lesson also runs his own poetry retreat in his grandfather's village of Monolithos on the island of Rhodes, Greece every year. Academically, Luka holds a Masters of Sound Design (in Performance Poetry) from the Victorian College of the Arts and Luka's latest solo work entitled Agapi & Other Kinds of Love will premiere in 2020.

 

 

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

Bleach* Festival (AUS) | Edinburgh Literature Festival | Splendour In The Grass (AUS)

4ELEMENTS Hip-Hop Festival (AUS) | Wanderlust Festival (NZ) | Woodford Folk Festival (AUS)

One Blood Festival (South Africa) | Sydney Writers’ Festival | Auckland Writers Festival | Hong Kong Literature Festival

 

PREVIOUS TOUR SUPPORTS

Nahko & Medicine For The People (USA) | Akala (UK)

Tiki Taane (NZ) | Dr Cornel West (USA) | Shane Koyczan (USA) | Lowkey (UK)

 

PREVIOUS MC HOSTING DUTIES

Wanderlust Festival Main Stage (NZ) | Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Australian Tour (Think Inc)

 

RECENT COMMISSIONS

La Boite Theatre & Bleach* Festival
‘Agapi & Other Kinds of Love’ (2019)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
‘Macquaire’ Concerto (2018)

 

MUSIC

Antidote (2015) | EXIT (2014) | Perasma / Passage (2013) | Please Resist Me (2012)

 

BOOKS

Antidote (2015) | The Future Ancients (2013)

 

SUPPORT QUOTES

"Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!" - Dr Cornel West

 

"Luka Lesson is one of those people who changes the weather; who by his very presence makes the landscape seem more possible, more holy, more livable. I don’t know where he came from or how he got to be so magic. What I do know is that I am better for having experienced him. A better writer. A wider girl. More true of heart. Words make worlds. Luka knows this. His mouth is a creation story…and we are all better for it."

- Dominique Christina, National Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion (USA).

 

"Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."

- Shane Koyczan, Candian Poetry Slam Champion and performer of  TED talk “To This Day”.

 

"I’m not really into hip hop—I’m too old, I guess—but Luka Lesson is a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love. So if he is hip hop, then I guess I love hip hop after all."

- Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. (USA).

 

 

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CONTACTS

Representative | Luka Lesson | Internationally | luka@thefutureancients.com
Bookings | Vyv Abla | Internationally | vyvienne@vyvaentertainment.com

APPROVED VIDEOS

Luka Lesson - Bones

Luka Lesson - Antidote

Luka Lesson - Please Resist Me

‘Macquarie’ Concerto Snippet. Luka Lesson & Gordon Hamilton.