Admissions anthology

Pleased to have a poem in forthcoming anthology Admissions: Voices Within Mental Health (eds David Stavanger, Radhiah Chowdhury, Mohammad Awad) alongside writing by John Mukky Burke, Pascalle Burton, Shastra Deo, Quinn Eades, Chris Fleming, Anna Jacobson, Kate and Rozanna Lilley, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Ellen van Neerven and many more.

Out October 3 through wonderful Upswell Publishing, but you can pre-order your copy here.

New poem in Overland

Happy to have a concrete poem after The Cure in Overland 245 alongside writing by Wayne Marshall, Mykaela Saunders, Anders Villani, Corey Wakeling, Dženana Vucic and many more.

Thanks to poetry editor Toby Fitch for selecting ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, which borrows its title from The Cure song of the same name.

You can order a copy of the issue here.

Island 164

Island 164 is out now and includes my poem ‘Sestina after B. Carlisle’, which won the 2021/22 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, and the poems by runners-up Andrew Sutherland (‘Antarctica’) and John Foulcher (‘The Girls Become’). The issue also includes fiction by Eliza Henry-Jones (‘The Wolves’), nonfiction by Lesh Karan (‘Mera Pata’) and nine poems from The More Than Human Poetry Project. 

You can order your copy of Island 164 here

Three new anthologies

Happy to have poems in three new anthologies. 

‘travel ban’, shortlisted for the Newcastle Writers Festival joanne burns Microlit Award, has been published in Travel: An Anthology of Microlit (ed. Cassandra Atherton) alongside writing by Emma Ashmere, Seetha Nambiar Dodd, Anne Elvey, Dominique Hecq, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Bahar Razaghi, Beth Spencer et al. You can order your copy of Travel here.

‘Off-world Ghazal’ has been published in Australian Poetry Anthology Volume 9, 2021–2022 (eds Lucy Dougan, Michelle Cahill), alongside poems by Magdalena Ball, Jarad Bruinstroop, Derek Chan, Rico Craig, Angela Gardner, Claire Gaskin, Stu Hatton, Harold Legaspi, Jill Jones, Kaya Ortiz, Heather Taylor-Johnson et al. 

‘Off-world Ghazal’, ‘The morning fog’ (A Golden Shovel after Kate Bush), ‘Hamlet without the Prince’ and ‘The Being’ have been published in The Language in My Tongue: An Anthology of Australian and New Zealand Poetry (eds Cassandra Atherton, Paul Hetherington) alongside poems by Jordie Albiston, Merlinda Bobis, joanne burns, Judith Nangala Crispin, David Eggleton, Felicity Plunkett, Essa May Ranapiri, Gig Ryan, Chris Tse, Samuel Wagan Watson, Jessica L. Wilkinson et al. You can order your copy of The Language in My Tongue, described by Marjorie Perloff as ‘remarkable for its exuberance, its vitality, and the notably youthful vibrancy of its free verse as well as its innovative prose poetry,’ here.  

‘Sestina after B. Carlisle’ wins Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

Some exciting news — my poem ‘Sestina after B. Carlisle’ has won the 2021/22 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize!

Thanks to judges Kate Middleton, Ali Alizadeh and Aidan Coleman and everyone at Island Magazine. Special thanks to friends who read and commented on the poem. You can read Kate Middleton’s comments here.

Congratulations to runners-up Andrew Sutherland and John Foulcher (our poems will appear in Island 164, out soon) and highly commendeds Kay Are and Roland Leach (theirs will appear in Island 165). You can subscribe to Island here.

New poetry collection — Like To The Lark

Over. The. Moon.

My second poetry collection Like To The Lark will be published by Upswell in February 2023!

I’m thrilled to be working with the lovely Terri-ann White. Huge thanks to Terri-ann, friends and family.

I can’t wait to share this really personal book, dedicated to the memory of my friend Sandy Mitchell, with you.

To look at Upswell Publishing’s brilliant list click here.

To listen to my Like To The Lark Spotify playlist click here.

New poem in Cordite

Thanks to guest editors Elena Gomez and Sarah Gory and managing editor Kent MacCarter for including my poem ‘Duplex’ — about Neomarica gracilis (Walking iris) — in Cordite‘s AMBLE issue alongside beauties by Lachlan Brown, Angela Gardner, Jake Goetz, Ashley Haywood, Cameron Lowe, Sarah Temporal, Samuel Wagan Watson, Rae White, Cyril Wong and many others.

‘Duplex’ will also appear in my second poetry collection Like To The Lark, out through Upswell Publishing in February 2023.

You can read the full issue here.

New poems in Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians

A privilege to be a part of Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours, which ‘shares and celebrates the fascinating life stories of everyday Australians, including First Nations elders and migrants, and is based on one-on-one interviews with over forty participants’. The anthology is edited by Jessica L. Wilkinson and Cassandra Atherton, with Preface by Sarah Holland-Batt.

For this project I drank cuppas and chatted with two dear friends, Noel and Vallis, who live in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, then wrote the poems ‘NO-VA-MA-LE-A’ and ‘Just Between You and Me’. Thrilled these appear alongside poems by Carolyn Abbs, Ali Alizadeh, Cassandra Atherton, Lachlan Brown, Eileen Chong, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Aidan Coleman, Paul Hetherington, Siobhan Hodge, Jeanine Leane, Leni Shilton, Ben Walter, Nick Whittock and Jess Wilkinson.

You can order your copy of Memory Book here.