My new poetry book Unreliable Narratives is being launched this year at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, April 7th 1130-1245 in The Marquee, Wheeler Place Newcastle (NSW). It’s a (free) multi-book launch with amazing fellow-poets Sarah Crane, Jan Dean, Gabrielle Everall, Eliana Gray, Dominique Hecq, and Gail Hennessy, and if you’re in the area, we’d love for you to join us! The book is now available for pre-order from the Poetry Portal Online Bookshop: https://bit.ly/2BlbSFn
I’m very excited to have a new poem “Weed Garden” published in Issue 4 of Not Very Quiet. This issue, which explored ‘the performance of our gender’ was edited by Sandra Renew and Moya Pacey, guest edited by K A Nelson and produced by Tikka Wilson. The quality of the poetry in this issue (and in Not Very Quiet in general) is superb. You can check it out here: https://not-very-quiet.com/issue-4-march-2019/?fbclid=IwAR25t1L-vd202imT9UHZNbc9olkBYojWY335Ov6q6RlQ3oDw-TsFze3lhMk
Paul Brookes over at The Wombwell Rainbow invited me to answer a few interview questions for his poets series. He asked me about motivation, motivation, daily routines, work ethic, my favourite poets and lots other other things. Check it out:
I’m very excited to report that I have a new book out!
High Wire Step is now available from Flying Island Books as part of their phenomenal Australian Pocket Poets Series. For more information, including samples and a very limited edition launch offer, visit: High Wire Press
On the 4th of November, I was one of 20 poets invited to read at Manly Art Gallery. All of the poems responded to images from The Natural Collection, an exhibition of prints showing at the Manly Art Gallery from 19 October 2018 – 17 March 2019. My poem titled “orchid inventory” responded to Rebecca Baird’s Bauer’s ‘Midge Orchid’, pictured left. My piece was also selected to be one of 3 poets from the reading published at Verity La. You can read the poem, along with gorgeous poems written by Judy Johnson and Justine Poon here: https://verityla.com/2018/11/16/the-spirit-of-nature-2018-manly-art-gallery-poetry-alive-reading/ The full suite of poems performed can be found at this month’s Australian Poetry Collective, issue #29: http://meusepress.tripod.com/apc.htm
A new(ish) poem of mine, “Carbon Black”, was featured in The Canberra Times’ Panorama arts section this weekend (November 10, 2018). Editor Lizz Murphy was kind enough to send me a copy. Lizz does a brilliant editing job and I’ve always admired the poems she has selected, so pleased she picked one of mine this weekend.
I’m delighted that a poem of mine has been published in a new anthology To End All Wars, published by Puncher & Wattmann and edited by Dael Allison, Anna Couani, Kit Kelen, and Les Wicks. The book explores the centenary of Armistice, and will be launched 3pm Saturday 27 October at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW. An Earshot programme based on the anthology will air on Radio National Mon 5th November 11am on Radio National, repeated Sat 10th November 1.30pm.
A collaboration titled “Decisiveness & Pleasure” which I did with Annelyse Gelman for the Digital Writers Festival 2017 has been chosen as a Curator’s Choice and Showcase Feature in the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival. The film features vocals from Jason Grier, words by Annelyse and visuals from me (including a few in-person cameos). Very excited that this piece will be getting another outing.
My poem “Cartouche”, an ekphrasis based on the print ‘Frosty Night Cartouche’ by Jock Clutterbuck has been awarded ‘Open Highly Commended’ and published in the Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2018. Of the poem, judge Helen Lucas said “The commended poem, Cartouche, makes the most of the limited lines – it is well edited and feels complete. The poet has clearly taken joy working with this abstract image to construct a narrative.” I did enjoyed the writing of this poem and as ‘Frosty Night Cartouche’ is one of eight prints in the ‘Baldessin & Friends commemorative folio which was conceived as a way to honour George Baldessin’s memory, I explored the notions of the friendship, loss, and the celebration of Baldessin’s life that Clutterbuck would have been working with in his painting.
Plumwood Mountain hasn’t been operating for a long time, but it is fast becoming known as one of the most inspiring websites for eco-poetics in Australia. This is primarily due to the quality of its publications, which includes the marvellous (and free) Hope for Whole e-book, as well as interviews, book reviews, essays, photography and bi-annual issues, guest-edited by some of the most exciting names in Australian poetry. I’m very pleased to have a poem in the latest issue, guest edited by Bonny Cassidy, whose editorial alone is worth clicking for. Check it out here: https://plumwoodmountain.com/2018/08/01/plumwood-mountain-volume-5-number-2-is-now-live/