The Bunker // Meet Lorin Elizabeth
Lorin Reid is a spoken word poet and arts worker from Thirroul, who founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published in the Solid Air anthology.She has performed at Yours and Owls Music Festival and on tour in the USA, and leads workshops & panels with The Stella Prize’s Write Up. Lorin is also the feature performer for The Bunker Spoken Word's May Online Slam. Get to know Lorin..
Can you take us through the first time you performed your poetry on stage? Where were you? Who was there? How did you feel?
It was probably in 2012 at the very first Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong. It was an open mic back then at the grungy & iconic Yours & Owls bar in front of maybe ten people, including my bestie, Sherry Landow and our Slam Mama, Laura E. Goodin. I guess it felt like I had to keep going because soon I was totally obsessed with spoken word, running all over Sydney to perform. Sherry & I built the slam scene in the Gong over the next 7 years and it has become probably the best slamily in the world.
What is the number one piece of writing you think everyone needs to read?
Oof. My day job is bookselling, so this is unfair. 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez, A Room of One's Own by Woolf, Olivia Gatwood's New American Best Friend & Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I stare at myself in the bathroom mirror and tell myself I am beautiful. Candy Royalle taught me that when I was feeling uncomfortable in my body on stage. She convinced me that I need to back myself, show myself some love and try to believe what I'm saying.
What inspires your writing?
At the moment, I'm interested in learning the difference between how I feel and what I've been taught to feel. I want to push my comfort levels & talk about things on stage that maybe feel like they shouldn't be talked about, if that breakthrough is ultimately rewarding, if it helps me learn more about myself or the world. I'm inspired by feminisms & my period, small conversations, being in a new love & gardening.
Who is your role model, and why?
Desireé Dallagiacomo. She is such a no-bullshit badass and is full of vulnerability at the same time. She writes perfect things and builds community and listens and gives and takes and loves and waters her plants in the bathtub.
If you weren't a poet you would be…?
A paper daisy.
Don't miss Lorin perform live for The Bunker's Online Slam on May 7th, register here.