Sylvia Nakachi

Sylvia Nakachi is a descendant of the Eastern Islands of Erub in the Torres Strait Islands, and has lived all her life in the community of Bamaga. Through her mother’s bloodline, she is a Meuram (worshippers) Tribe woman whose totem is the Beuger (Fridget Bird). Through her father’s bloodline, she is a Peidu…

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Grace Lucas-Pennington

Grace is a young Aboriginal woman of Bundjalung/European descent. Growing up, she spent her time between Northern NSW and the Logan/Brisbane area. She was a trainee at the community radio station 98.9FM, and is passionate about reading books of all genres.

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Yvette Holt

Yvette Holt is a national multi-award winning poet, Blackademic (academic), feminist and comedienne.  Yvette’s works have been translated into French, Mandarin and Chile (Maupache). Her first publication, anonymous premonition, won the David Unaipon Award 2005, the Victorian Premier’s Literary for Indigenous Writing 2008, the Scanlon Prize for Poetry NSW 2008 and the…

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Graham Akhurst

Graham Akhurst is an Aboriginal writer hailing from the Kokomini of Northern Queensland. He has been published several times in Australia for poetry and short fiction. He is currently completing his writing honours at The University of Queensland, and has ambitions to continue his studies and write his first novel.

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Samuel Wagan Watson

Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning raconteur from the south-side of Brisbane and comes from a family of accomplished writers and artists. He hails from an ancestry of Birri Gubba, Munanjali, Germanic and Gaelic peoples. Collected works of his poetry have achieved accolades, been translated into 8 languages, various musical compositions, film productions and…

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Pascalle Burton

Pascalle Burton is a poet and performer whose work with words, sound and artefact is usually founded in cultural theory. Recent projects include UN/SPOOL with Nathan Shepherdson, 24 Hour Gym with Tessa Rose The Outlandish Watch with Nathan Shepherdson and David Stavanger, The Stress of Leisure, I will say this…

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Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia . His debut book, “The Future Ancients” is now (independently) a best-seller for poetry in Australia twice-over . He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Poetry Slam Champion of 2010. Musically, Luka has…

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Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer ~ Poet. Currently in the final stages of a Ph.D at Griffith University (poetry, experimental literature, creative nonfiction) supervised by the writer Nigel Krauth and the poet Anthony Lawrence. Books: Kulturkampf: New & Selected Poems (2015), A Dark Samadhi: poems + microtexts (2003) Scoundrel Days ~ a novel…

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MTC Cronin

MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays), several of which have appeared in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and…

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Rebecca Jessen

Rebecca Jessen lives in Toowoomba with her two cacti. She is the winner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author for her verse novel Gap. In 2012 Rebecca won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award. Rebecca’s writing has been published in The Lifted Brow, Mascara Literary Review, Voiceworks and Verity La….

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Gina Ramsey

I’ve condensed my biography into the essential things you need to know about me. I’m always up for a game of UNO (I always carry a pack with me). I’ve only ever written two poems. I wrote my first poem when my English teacher put my name down for a…

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Ross Clark

Ross Clark’s first volume of poetry was published in 1982, and six more have followed, along with several chapbooks of haiku. He has been awarded national prizes for various of his poems, and had selections of his haiku translated into several languages (including Japanese). The footpaths of Brisbane feature plaques…

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Adam Hadley

Adam Hadley is a story teller, performance poet and MC that has performed at The Cloncurry Merry Muster and Rodeo, The Queensland Poetry Festival, and the Alice Springs Writers Festival, where a leather daddy nearly choked him to death with a fistful of Pavlova. With his partner Tessa Rose he has…

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Ian Powne

Ian Powne was only born once. Since 2003 he has been curating music for disparate groups of people. The name of this project is called The Stress of Leisure. In The Stress of Leisure Ian plays guitar, makes up words and sings unusually. He has been described as a “laconic…

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Angela Peita

Angela Peita is a Brisbane based spoken word artist, workshop facilitator and event host. She is part of the team that bring Brisbane Ruckus Slam each month and treats heckling as a professional sport. One day, she hopes to own a dog.

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Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea is a critic, editor, and award-winning author. Her books include Flight Animals (UQP, 2001); The Other Way Out (Giramondo, 2008), which won the South Australian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award; and, most recently, The Deep North (George Braziller, 2013). Her poems have been widely anthologised,…

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Lucas Stibbard

LUCAS STIBBARD makes theatre and performance work. This has included co-writing, co-directing, producing and performing in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning boy girl wall and Packed as well as Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festivals in 2011/12 and Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, all for The Escapists, of which…

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Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin is the Arts Queensland 2015 Poet in Residence. Kate is a Los Angeles-based poet and artist whose work deals with popular culture, gender, and digital media. She is the author of several books of poetry, including E! Entertainment, a book of transcriptions of reality tv shows, and The…

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Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, Steeplechase, Triptych and the Thomas Shapcott Award winningpoetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television.

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Jonathan Hadwen

Jonathan Hadwen has been haunting the various halls of Brisbane’s SpeedPoets open mic since 2008. His work has appeared in Westerly, Mascara, Tincture, and Regime, as well as other publications in Australia and overseas. He is currently the co-editor of the online poetry journal foam:e, and helps out with the Queensland…

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Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a Brisbane journalist and author. He is arts editor of  The Courier-Mail and has  a popular weekly column in the lifestyle magazine Brisbane News.  He is the author of two books of verse – Plastic Parables (Metro Community Press) and An Accident in the Evening (Interactive Press)….

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Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster. Based sometimes in places, Brisbane is one of those she calls home.

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Matt Hetherington

Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, gourmet Indian chef, soccer nut, bludger, and lover based in Brisbane. His first collection of all-Japanese-related forms (and fourth poetry collection) is For Instance, published by Mulla Mulla Press. Some current inspirations are: Timbaland, Frisky Dingo, Jess, Luce, and northern sunshine. Matt’s latest published…

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Chloë Callistemon

Chloë Callistemon is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. Her poetry and multimedia has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally including Cordite, The Australian Poetry Journal and Australian Love Poems. She has been shortlisted for the Second Bite Poetry Competition and the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize.

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Michelle Law

Michelle Law is a Brisbane writer whose work has appeared in Women of Letters, Growing up Asian in Australia, Destroying the Joint and many Australian literary journals. She is an AWGIE award-winning screenwriter whose films have screened internationally and on the ABC. In 2014 she co-authored the comedy book Sh*t Asian…

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Nathan Sheperdson

Nathan Shepherdson is the author of five books of poetry. He has won a number of major prizes including the Thomas Shapcott Award, Josephine Ukrick Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. He is the son of the painter Gordon Shepherdson. He has collaborated on various projects with artists and poets including…

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