AP is enormously pleased to be partnering with Gleebooks for a Gadigal-based reading of poets from ‘Best of Australian Poems 2021’. Join co guest editor Toby Fitch and many more poets from the publication for a night of readings! Book here: https://www.gleebooks.com.au/event/best-of-australian-poems-2021/
Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and the director of AVANT GAGA and the Poetry Night at Sappho Books. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Where Only the Sky had Hung Before and, most recently, Sydney Spleen (Giramondo 2021).
Jazz Money is an award-winning poet of Wiradjuri heritage, a fresh water woman currently based on beautiful Gadigal land now known as Sydney. Her practice is centred around the written word while producing works that encompass installation, digital, film and print. Jazz’s David Unaipon Award winning debut collection how to make a basket is available from University of Queensland Press.
Sara M Saleh is a human rights activist and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. A poet and writer, her pieces have been published in English and Arabic in various national and international outlets and anthologies including Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Overland Journal, and Rabbit Poetry. She is co-editor of the 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity. Sara is the first poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. She is currently developing her first novel as a recipient of the inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Western Sydney.
Peter Boyle is a Sydney-based poet and translator of poetry. He has nine books of poetry published and nine books as a translator of poetry. His most recent collection is Notes Towards the Dreambook of Endings (Vagabond Press, 2021). In 2020 his book Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness won the New South Wales Premier’s Award for Poetry. His translations include four books by Cuban poet José Kozer and The Trees: Selected Poems of Eugenio Montejo.
Pam Brown has been writing, collaborating, editing and publishing in diverse modes for five decades. A number of her many books have been on the shortlists and have sometimes won the prize. In 2019 Click here for what we do (Vagabond Press) was awarded the ALS Gold Medal. Her new collection, Stasis Shuffle, is due soon from Hunter Publishers. Born in Seymour Victoria, Pam grew up on military bases in Toowoomba and Brisbane. She has lived in Melbourne and Adelaide but has spent most of her life in Sydney where, currently, she lives on never-ceded Gadigal land.
Michelle Cahill was born in Kenya and lives on unceded Guringai lands. They have received prizes in poetry and fiction notably the UTS Glenda Adams Award for Letter to Pessoa, the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition, the Val Vallis Award and the Red Room Poetry Fellowship. Vishvarupa was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The Herring Lass was published by Arc. Woolf is forthcoming with Hachette.
Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet and editor working on unceded Gadigal land. Their writing has been awarded Second Prize in Overland‘s Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a place on the shortlist for the 2020 Blake and 2021 Val Vallis Awards, and an Academy of American Poets University Prize from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. A poetry editor for Voiceworks and alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive, they are a 2020-21 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and Varuna Residential Fellow.