In this month’s podcast we introduce you to Australian author Sylvia Petter. “More of a sharer than a teacher” she writes short, long, serious, sexy and fun. Her stories, poetry, articles, and book reviews appear online, in magazines and anthologies, at Ether Books and on her blog website. ~ Jane Spokenword
Sylvia Petter is an Australian author based in Vienna, Austria. She writes in English and in German, writing short and long short stories, poetry, articles, and book reviews. Her stories appear online, in magazines, anthologies, at Ether Books and in her collections.
She has attended workshops and writing conferences in Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US, and has completed correspondence courses through Humber College, Toronto. In 2009 Ms. Petter completed a PhD in Creative Writing at UNSW and is currently working on her second novel. The theoretical part of her thesis, The Smell of Dislocation, explored olfaction in the short stories and novels of Janette Turner Hospital. Sylvia also works part time at the University of Vienna in the area of education research. She was Co-Director Vienna of the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Vienna, 2014, a founding member of the Geneva Writers’ Group, and is currently a member of IG Autorinnen Autoren and GAV, Vienna, Austria, and the Australian Society of Authors.
A prolific writer her extensive body of works can be found on Amazon and her website. Her extensive list of works include: All the Beautiful Liars, The Past Present, Back Burning, Just a Toenail Away, The Colour of Haze, Soul Kill, It’s All in the Nose, Widow’s Peak, Mangrove on Wenceslas Square and An Imaginary Friend, The Past Present, Mercury Blobs, Consuming the Muse, and Geflimmer der Vergangenheit. Other works are bilingual novelettes in flash with a satirico/political flavour, and all her published elsewhere short stories in one volume as Collected Stories. And Under the pen name AstridL, in “Consuming the Muse” – erotic Tales.
Ms. Petter is currently in the process of setting up her own imprint – Flo Do Books Wien-Sydney – where she wil be publishing works difficult to place elsewhere such as a bilingual novelette Romeo and Julia in Corona (Covid) inspired by and to support a local charity in Vienna that up-cycles laptops and pcs.
Her new projects, include the umpteenth revision of her second novel, Ambergris and the smell of dislocation.
Her debut novel which is now out as eBook, paperback and audiobook can be seen at
Street poet Jane SpokenWord’s performances represent the spoken word as it is meant to be experienced, raw, uncensored and thought provoking. From solos, to slams, duos, trios, and bands, including a big band performance at The Whitney Museum with Avant-Garde Maestro Cecil Taylor which garnered All About Jazz’s Best of 2016. Other collaborations include: Min Tanaka, Miguel Algarin, Beat Poet John Sinclair, her son HipHop musician/producer, DJ Nastee, and her partner in all things, Albey onBass. Combining the elements of spoken word, music, sound and song “Like those of the Jazz poets, the Beats, The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron and others – she is usually accompanied by Albey onBass Balgochian’s moaning, groaning, rumbling contrabass – adding double the gut-punch to her words.” (Raoul daGama) To preserve the cultural heritage of wording to document life, and foster a broader collective community, she brings her poetry and spoken word to a diverse set of venues including museums, festivals, libraries, slam lounges, art galleries, clubs, busking street corners and living rooms everywhere. She has authored two books of poetry with art and music by co-author Albey onBass: Word Against the Machine and Tragically Hip. Publications include: TV Baby A collection of Lower East Side artists – OHWOW, Shadow of The Geode, Bonsia Press, Stars in the Fire and Palabras Luminosas – Rogue Scholars Express and We Are Beat in the National Beat Poetry Anthology.
A special thank you to Albey ‘onBass’ Balgochian for the sound engineering in the prelude and postlude of the audio. Albey’s performances range from the Bowery Poetry Club to the Whitney Museum of American Art, his résumé includes many distinguished artists including Nuyorican Poet Miguel Algarin, Beat Poet John Sinclair, Darryl Jones (Miles Davis, Rolling Stones,) and the Cecil Taylor Trio & Big Band (“Best of ’05, ’09, ’16” All About Jazz) https://albeybalgochian.com/