Glasshouses commended for 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award

Delighted that Glasshouses has been commended for the 2016 Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry.

Congratulations to Berndt Sellheim, winner for Awake at the Wheel, to my wonderful friend Lisa Brockwell, commended for Earth Girls, and to the other commended poets: Jennifer Crone for Our Lady of the Fence Post and Susan Varga for Rupture. Congrats, too, to Carmine Frascarelli, whose Sydney Road Poems received a special mention.

You can read the judges’ comments for all five collections here.

Brisbane readings

Excited about reading a few new poems and from Glasshouses at two events in Brisbane next week.

First up’s Riverbend Poetry Series 1 at Riverbend Books on Tuesday 28 February with Anisa Nandaula, Carmen Leigh Keates and Liam Fernery. Books available for sale at the event. Tickets $8, available online or by calling (07) 3899 8555. All welcome.

Then it’s COUPLET at Brisbane Square Library on Friday 3 March with Andrew Galan. Free event, all welcome.

Hope to see some of you there!

New poem in Southerly Journal

My poem ‘Double Acrostic’, inspired by a line from William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’, is in the latest issue of Southerly. Thanks to editors Andy Jackson and David Brooks.

This Writing Disability issue also includes poetry by India Breen, Quinn Eades, Anne Elvey, Phillip Hall, Heather Taylor Johnson, Rachael Mead and David Stavanger; short fiction by Lara S. Williams; and reviews by Dave Drayton (of Catherine Vidler’s Chaingrass) and Autumn Royal (of Tamryn Bennett’s phosphene).

New poem at Cordite Poetry Review

My poem ‘The Pardoner’, a terminal from Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Jailer’ (you can read more about the terminal, a poetic form created by John Tranter, here), has been published in Cordite 57.0 CONFESSION, guest-edited by Keri Glastonbury.

Thanks to Dustin Brookshire, whose chapbook To the One Who Raped Me arrived in my letterbox at just the right time, and to Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press, which published Dustin’s chapbook. Thanks, too, to CAConrad, whose poem ‘Your Rapists Were the Last’ was another inspiration.

Riverbend Poetry Series 1

As part of Riverbend Poetry Series I’m reading poems from Glasshouses plus some new ones at Riverbend Books on Tuesday 28 February.

Also reading are emerging poet and 2016 QLD Poetry Slam champion Anisa Nandaula, Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize winner and author of Meteorites Carmen Leigh Keates, and Liam Ferney, whose latest collection Content (Hunter Publishers) was shortlisted as part of the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards.

Books available for sale at the event. Tickets $8, available online or by calling (07) 3899 8555.

Hope to see some of you there!

I Heart LGBTQI

So! Excited!

My prose poem ‘GRINDR’ will be performed on Tuesday 14 February as part of I Heart LGBTQI, Little Fictions at Knox St Bar, Chippendale.

This fundraising event’s hosted by Hayley Dinnison, and features writing by Erin Gough, Marian Matta, Kait Fenwick and Matthew Sefton.

Unfortunately, I won’t be in Sydney, but hope some friends can make it to the show.

You can read more, and buy tickets, here.

Huge thanks to curator Bronwyn Mehan and publisher Spineless Wonders.