writers who inspire me part three Luka “Lesson” Haralampou

heh. he just started following me on twitter so i know he’ll most likely read this but every time i see him perform bits of me are inspired to be better. A better writer and a better person.

an MC and performance poet originally from Brisbane I first met Luka possibly at a slam in Brunswick street which he took out with smashing style. Later that year Luka won the Overload Poetry slam and went on to be the second only Australian to represent at the world poetry slam championships in the US.  In addition to being a poet and hip hopper, Luka is also a passionate actvist for the rights of the Indigenous people of this nation and those of Palestine and the founder of the Center for Poetics and Justice.  His poetry is a mixture of the personal -from growing up greek and encountering racism at school, to fusing beautiful greek melodies with his poetry, to writing blazing rhymes about the state of the world.  Here are some links of my dear Lesson in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXz37KQ0cOQ (may your pen grace the page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwRi3fi8j6A&feature=related  (please resist me, outside flinders street station with police looking on)

if you want to follow luka on twitter you can find him @LukaLesson i believe.

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