CJ Bower­bird

Slam poet
CJ Bowerbird

CJ Bower­bird

Slam poet

TEDx­Can­ber­ra favor­ite, slam poet CJ Bower­bird, returns to our stage for a second talk. This time, CJ exhorts us to embrace both fear and love.


CJ Bower­bird tells stor­ies through verse. He explores what it is to be human, writ­ing about things we have lost, things we nev­er had and things that are slip­ping through our fin­gers.

His poetry has been called ‘earn­est’. Oth­ers have com­men­ted on his ‘music­al­ity’, ‘light­hearted but ser­i­ous intent’, and ‘mes­m­or­iz­ing lyr­ics and beau­ti­fully flu­id show’.

CJ has been dis­patch­ing poetry from his home in Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia, for the past sev­en years. He has been a fea­tured per­former at the Wood­ford Folk Fest­ival, the Book­worm Inter­na­tion­al Lit­er­ary Fest­ival in China and at the You Are Here and Art, Not Apart fest­ivals in Can­ber­ra. He has per­formed in sev­er­al cit­ies in Aus­tralia , Indone­sia, China and the US, and has read poetry on ABC Nation­al Radio.

CJ Bowerbird’s storytelling skills were recog­nised on 1 Decem­ber 2012, when he was crowned the Aus­trali­an Poetry Slam Cham­pi­on, beat­ing a high-class field of poets from across Aus­tralia.