Luka is a poet, rapper and educator of Greek heritage born in Meanjin/Brisbane. Luka has always used poetry and rap writing workshops as a form of activism, helping young people to articulate and perform their work for the past 15 years in education centres worldwide, amplifying countless marginalised voices in the process. Luka’s poems and rap verses are being studied on official school curriculums throughout Australia, and unofficially by rebellious educators worldwide.
Luka performed two of the poems we study at St Edward’s – Please Resist Me, is part of our Year 9 module on ‘Resistance’ and May Your Pen Grace The Page is featured on the HSC reading list for ‘The Craft of Writing’. As well as performing, Luka took questions from the students who were very interested in learning about his career and how he remembers his poems to perform in front of large audiences. With Year 11 and Year 12, Luka ran mini writing workshops facilitating the students to write their own poems. He then performed some of these student written poems and some students even had the opportunity to perform their own poems to the group.
Luka launched his new verse novel, Agapi and Other Types of Love, last Thursday night at Sydney Museum in the Chau Chuk Wing surrounded by Greek artefacts. The event was sold out and was hugely successful.
The English department are hopeful of getting Luka back to the College for some more workshops when he returns to Australia. He is currently living in Chile with his family and working on his next book.