NAHR and Australian Poetry are pleased to present the jurors for the 2023 NAHR / Australian Poetry Northern Italy eco-residency. They are former NAHR/AP Fellowship alumni Simon Eales and Rachael Mead, and Australian Poetry’s Jennifer Nguyen.


AP extends appreciation to the list of amazing poets who entered the call-out, which closed last month and which is now in the process of being judged for a shortlist. We’re excited for the jurors to begin this selection process of the shortlist before the NAHR panel make their final selection of the winner. The recipient of the 2023 NAHR eco-residency will be contacted by AP in early March. Stay tuned!


2023 NAHR Northern Italy / Australian Poetry Eco-Poetry Fellowship jurors:




Rachael Mead is a South Australian poet and novelist living on Peramangk land. She’s the author of the novel The Application of Pressure (Affirm Press, 2020) and four collections of poetry including The Flaw in the Pattern (UWAP, 2018). She recently won the 2022 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and her next novel about the first Australian woman in Antarctica is forthcoming in July 2023.












Simon Eales works in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo and the Topological Poetics Research Institute. He has critical writing in CorditeRabbitThe Music, and TPRI Journal, and co-convenes the Ecopoetics Workshop and Buried Text podcast. He has a chapter on the Australian long poem forthcoming in the Cambridge History of  Australian Poetry.




Jennifer Nguyen is the author of poetry chapbook When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon (Subbed In, 2019). Her work has been published in Overland, Cordite, Best of Australian Poems 2021, City of Literature’s Poet Laureates of Melbourne series and Ultimo Press’ inaugural 2021 prize anthology Everything, All At Once, among others. In 2019 she received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellowship for poetry. She was the 2022 Associate Producer at Emerging Writers’ Festival and is a poetry manuscript assessor at Kill Your Darlings.