2017 Mary Gilmore Award interviews

Recently, Tony Messenger generously interviewed the four poets shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for best first book of poetry—Carmine Frascarelli (for Sydney Road Poems), Aden Rolfe (for False Nostalgia), Alison Whittaker (for Lemons in the Chicken Wire), me (for Glasshouses)—and Claire Nashar (highly commended, for Lake).

You can read these interviews here.

The winner of the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award will be announced 11 July.

Two new poems in Southerly Persian Passages

Chuffed to have a couple of new pantoums—‘Persian Love Cake’ (with a phrase from The Sugarcubes ‘Birthday’) and ‘Moon speaks during Pasur’ (with a phrase from Robert Dessaix’s What Days Are For)—in Southerly Persian Passages alongside writing by Cassandra Atherton, Niloofar Fanaiyan, Mike Greenacre, Matt Hetherington, John Kinsella, Jennifer Mackenzie, George Mouratidis, Hasti Nariyan, Melinda Louise Smith, Robert Wood and Ali Zarrin. Thanks to co-editors Ali Alizadeh and Laetitia Nanquette.

Queensland Poetry Festival 2017

Details about Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 are emerging at QPF’s website.

QPF’s five awards—the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem; the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript; the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word; the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award; the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize—are now open.

I’m thrilled to be co-judging, with Michelle Cahill, the Val Vallis Award; we look forward to reading your poems!

Congratulations to Ali Cobby Eckermann, QPF’s Indigenous Poet in Residence!

The Arts Queensland Poet in Residence will be announced June 30, 2017.


Chicago Review of Books interview

Thanks to poet and editor Ruben Quesada for interviewing me as part of his Dear Poetry Editor series at Chicago Review of Books.

I loved chatting with Ruben about perspectives of poetry, Sylvia Plath, Gwen Harwood, Tincture Journal (Issue 18 is out now), and publishing.

Ruben’s writing an article on the history of queer Latinx poetry in America. Those who wish to be included can email him at ruben.quesada@queenmobs.com.

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2017

Thrilled that one of my poems has been shortlisted for the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2017.

Congratulations to fellow shortlistees Alice Allan, Karen Andrews, David Arnault, Magdalena Ball, Brent Cantwell, Alyce Caswell, Benjamin ‘BMD’ Dodds, Rachel Hennessy, Judy Keighran, Sophia Laidlaw, Isabella Mead, Wendy Meyers, Jennifer Nguyen, Damen O’Brien, Michael Olsen, Jenny Pollack, Joan Ray, Alex Skovron, Iona Julian-Walters and Mitchell Welch.

Thanks to judges Helen Lucas, Steve Smart and Karen Throssell.

The winner will be announced at the Literary Nillumbik Celebration on 29 July at Eltham Library. In the meantime, you can read some ekphrastic poems at Cordite Poetry Review.