Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a #grownwoman and a first generation Australian Sikh storyteller. You’ll find her on park benches dnm’ing with strangers about the evils of the patriarchy or impromptu rapping about Tony Abbott with her best mate. She is passionate about the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Sukhjit, from a young age, enjoyed writing pieces and performing them for her family. In fact, her first script was written when she was just 6 years old. However, while on exchange in Prague, a Bulgarian backpacker hijacked Sukhjit’s laptop and typed in ‘Sarah Kay’, exposing her to the magical world of spoken word poetry. Since then she has been workshopping pieces and it was only until the Australian Poetry Slam Competition in 2014 that she decided to perform spoken word for a wider audience, spiralling off into a YouTube Channel titled Contemporary Kaur. Sukhjit’s writing predominantly surrounds stories of the Sikh diaspora, family, cultural confusions, and gender. She is still discovering the art form of slam poetry and experimenting with style and content while she currently resides in the ‘big city’ of Melbourne. She recently took to the stage of Australia’s Got Talent and shared her honesty with the world. For her, the journey has just begun.