AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS FUNDING APPLICATION
Luka Lesson is an Australian writer, spoken word performer and cultural changemaker of Greek heritage. With 5 years of international touring, 13 Writers’ Festivals, 11 years of workshop experience and writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The National Gallery of Victoria, South Africa's OneBlood Festival and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Poetry Slam Champion of 2010.
His work critically dissects culture and society, emphasising the nuance of the human condition as he breathes new meaning into adages and fable, examining contemporary moments through history’s looking glass. As a performer, he embodies the lineage of oratory performance, captivating audiences with a musicality of storytelling, and earning accolades from some of the world’s most respected poets and speakers.
"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 a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love.” - Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion (USA)
"Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."
- Shane Koyczan, Canadian Poetry Slam Champion
EXAMPLES OF PAST WORK
'Please Resist Me'