Pola Fanous is a young spoken word poet and political activist from Western Sydney. An Egyptian-born immigrant, Pola picked up his pen at age 14 and hasn’t put it down since. At age 19, he is a well-loved member of Sydney’s spoken word scene, and has been featured multiple times at the Parramatta Poetry Slam, the Granville Poetry Slam, the Bankstown Poetry Slam; as well as at schools, rallies and conferences state-wide. In 2016, Pola competed in the Poetry Olympics at the Art Gallery of NSW and spoke at the City of Sydney’s Youth Leadership Conference. In 2017, Pola’s poem ‘Mr War (Palestine)’ was incorporated into Warren Armstrong and Susannah Williams’ multi-sensory artwork: ‘Listening Device VII: Felt Histories’, which went on to be awarded the 2017 Paramor Prize for Art & Innovation. 2017 has also seen Pola published in The Resurrection Anthology, perform at the Digital Writers’ Festival, The Plot Music Festival, the BPS Grand Slam and the Parliament House of Australia. This year, Pola began working as a reporter for USYD’s newspaper Honi Soit, performed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and made waves with the visual for his poem ‘Westies’. Pola also performed at the NSW Department of Justice, Eden Gardens and was featured on Saif’s album Acclaim. He is currently working on his debut collection of poetry, STRONGSOFT.