Michael Steven 
                & Sean McMahon
Michael Steven was born in 1977. His poems, essays and short fiction have appeared in places such as Brief, IKA, Landfall, Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader, and Poetry NZ Yearbook. A chapbook The Story of My Past Lives is forthcoming from Maungatua Press later this year, and Otago University Press will publish a collection Walking to Jutland Street.
He is in the final year of a BCA at Manukau Institute of Technology, and lives in West Auckland with his partner and newborn son.
Exceptional song writing is what has always stood out first and foremost for Melbourne artist Sean McMahon.  His momentum and motivation as an artist is solely inspired by each and every song as it forms somewhere in a realm of make believe, between real life experience and desire.  While largely inspired by the American songbook, its traditions and its champions, he’s just as likely to find inspiration up and down the highways of his home Victoria as on Hwy 61.  His poetic and melodic style of song writing is loaded with confessional narratives and vivid story telling that explore and exploit themes we may all know well, however, it’s his ability to craft a song, and his warm and honest vocal that set him apart.

 

‘Shiner’ by Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
is out now and available on all formats via
Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform
Koha entry
MC Rachael
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