Born in Chicago, now living in Sydney. For seventeen years Miles Merrill has been the driving force behind spoken-word and performance poetry in Australia. He has toured with Saul Williams, jammed with Shane Koyczan, hosted an ABC TV Special - Australian Poetry Slam 08', wrote and co-directed a show in Sydney Festival, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House and created the spoken-word festivals – Night Words and Word Travels Festival. Merrill is founder of the national performing writers' program: Australian Poetry Slam


Internationally, Merrill has performed in such places as Krakow’s Audio Art Festival, at writer’s festivals in Ubud, Vancouver, Calgary, Beijing and regional China and at Australian festivals in: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Darwin and Adelaide.


He tours to: music festivals, theatres, galleries, schools and classy joints everywhere - anywhere his words will travel.


Merrill is as much a facilitator and organiser of events and workshops as he is an outstanding writer and performer. He is the Creative Director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels and has created literary and literacy programs for a variety of public and private organisations.


Miles Merrill’s work is available in:

CD- What Night Knows and Dirty Curly

Online- - -

DVD- The Reel

Print- The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry and several literary journals and anthologies


Reviewers have offered the following comments on Merrill’s work:


Lots of performers claim to be multicultural but few straddle as many different cultures as gracefully and powerfully as Miles Merrill… hip and hilarious…wild, witty wordplay reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron, Lenny Bruce, Ken Nordine, Ginsberg and a tincture of WoodyAllen.” Chicago Reader


Miles Merrill is the tour-guide of the human spirit…a remarkably adroit poet.”

DB Magazine


Merrill’s stories, set to a background of music, pack a solid punch. Visit this show to learn what performing is really about. Adelaide Advertiser


Passionate, deeply enjoyable and demands attention. More please.”

Sydney Morning Herald


He was on fire! Each piece was a wild, tongue twisting, spit-laden adventure.”





Australian Poetry Slam - National performing writers' program Director/Founder (since 2005)

Word Travels - International Performing Writers Association     Creative Director (since 2007)

The Rumble - Young Performing Writers' Program - Director (Since 2011)



Sydney Writers Festival- Program Consultant/Panel Chair /Host

Grenfell Henry Lawson Poetry Festival - Program Consultant/Performer/ Schools Program Curator/ Wordshop Facilitator/Host

Macquarie University - Macquarie Poetry Slam - Director (Since 2009)



Sydney Writer’s Festival – Program Consultant/Panel Chair/Host

Brisbane Writers Festival- Program Consultant/ Writer/Panel Chair

Show Me The Way- Indigenous Mentoring Program- Facilitator

Going Down Swinging– audio poem published: Terra-ism – Sofie Loizu, Producer

Metro Magazine - Special Features - Contributor

Margaret River Writers Festival- Program Consultant /Facilitator/Panelist/Writer

Play Now - Act Now Festival – Official Judge

Chicago - Green Mill, Performance Venue – Guest Writer



Children’s Book Council of Australia- Indigenous Youth- Facilitator

Sydney Writer’s Festival – Panelist/Facilitator/Writer

The Mint - Historic Houses Trust – Performed chapters of forthcoming book, Hits Trips and Scraps, with Synergy Percussion

The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry – poem published: Night's Knows

National Wakakirri School Story Festival – Official Judge

ABC2 TV- Host of the Australian Poetry Slam with Andrew Daddo.

Brett Whiteley Gallery - Dirty Curly CD poetry launch



DIRTY CURLY 13 track CD published - Morganics, producer

Canada – Calgary Wordfest - Writer/Performer

Canada – Vancouver Writers Festival - Writer/Performer

Northern Territory- Australian Theatre for Young People- indigenous workshop facilitator– Tenant Creek,

Bookworm International Literary Festival- Writer/Performer in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou

Night Words Festival - Creator and Director of Australia’s first Spoken- word festival at the Sydney Opera House

Perth Writers Festival- Writer/Performer



Bali- Ubud International Writers Festival - Writer/Performer

The Reel, DVD published - writer/performer - Denson Baker, producer

The Asia Literary Review - poem, Rain Song, published

Byron Bay Writers Festival - guest Writer/Performer

Krakow - Audio Art Festival - guest Writer/Performer -

Art Gallery of NSW - Writer/Performer for Art After Hours

QLD- Woodford Folk Festival - Featured writer/performer



Sydney Opera House-The Studio- “Lamp Post Incantations” Solo Show with UK DJ Billy Bizniz

Speak Up! - A CD-rom- three poetry performances-commissioned by the Labour Party -

Northern Territory -Wordstorm Festival – Writer/Facilitator/Panellist

FBI RADIO (1.5 years)- presenter and producer of segments and shows

Museum of Contemporary Art - poet commissioned to respond to the Edward and Nancy Keinholz Exhibition



Tour of Regional NSW - including, schools, festivals, libraries with wordshops and performances

Croc Festival - Wordshop Facilitator- Kempsey, NSW

Queensland Poetry Festival - Featured performer and wordshop facilitator

The Sydney Festival - writer, performer and assistant director of Slamming a poetry-theatre-music show

Cockatoo Island Festival - Spoken-Word Curator/Feature performer on the Cabaret Stage – Sydney



Poet's on Wheels Tour - Performed and ran wordshops in schools-regional NSW

Randai Circus - Indonesian theatre show- Story developer - Newcastle

The Program - Australia Council's youth arts website - contracted arts journalist for 1.5 years

Leichhardt Poetry Slam Series - 7 spoken word events over two months-Co-ordinator/publicist/performer - Sydney, Newcastle, Thirroul

Australian National University - Discarded, A Multimedia Installation - Writer/Performer -Canberra

University of Technology Sydney - Guest lecturer - Poetry and Graphic Design



2010 - Going Down Swinging Literary Journal – Audio poem: Terra-ism Sofie Loizu, music producer.

2009 - The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry – poem: Night's Knows

2008 - DIRTY CURLY CD - writer/performer – Morganics music producer, Publisher: Invisible Forces

2007 - The Reel DVD - writer/performer - Denson Baker, producer Publisher: Word Travels

- The Asia Literary Review - poem, Rain Song

2001- What Night Knows CD - writer/performer - Publisher: Hunters and Gatherers



Sydney Writer's Festival - Winner - Poetry Sprint - Performer/Writer

Chicago Reader - Critic's Choice Award - One-man Show: Burning Down Under

State Library of NSW - Poetry Olympics - Winner - best written/performed one minute poem

Kurrajong Poetry Award - Winner - best written/performed poem

NSW Young Film makers Award - Short listed - Mind Plummet - Screenwriter

National Media Award - Nominated - Movers and Shakers - Article on the Paralympic Arts festival

Pseudonym Spoken Word Show - Best New Show - Melbourne Fringe