Poets Alone Together
Venue: On line Via Zoom
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Time: Thursday 4th June 7-9pm
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Join us over Zoom for a panel of readings, discussion and a question and answer session featuring four gifted Australian poets. Their poetry uses different lenses, genres, formats and styles. A unique opportunity to celebrate and engage with the diversity available in our own literary backyard.
Critically acclaimed cult spoken word star, cabaret artist and obsessive compulsive diva Amy Bodossian is a raw, eccentric, and totally unique Australian performer who has been captivating audiences for over fifteen years with her distinctive mix of song, spoken word, comedy and personal revelations.
Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab Australian poet, the son of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (Cordite, 2017) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His new book, The Lost Arabs (UQP, 2019), has been shortlisted for multiple awards and released internationally.
Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer and teacher. She is the author of picture book: Introducing Teddy (Bloomsbury 2016), as well as a range of short stories published in anthologies for kids and teens. In 2017 Jess completed a Write-ability Fellowship with Writers Victoria focused on writing poetry about disability, cancer and pain.
Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017), which won the NSW and VIC Premier’s Literary Awards for Poetry, and Lost Lake (Vagabond Press, 2018), shortlisted for the QLD Literary Award for Poetry. Her writing and artwork have been published widely, including in Best Australian Poems, Archives of American Art Journal and The Kenyon Review.
Photo credit Leah Jing McIntosh
The evening will be moderated by Kate Cuthbert, Program Manager at Writers Victoria. She worked for more than a decade in trade publishing, notably initiating the Escape Publishing imprint of Harlequin Australia, and serving as its Managing Editor. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and critic and is currently pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction.