Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker from the floodplains of Gunnedah in NSW. Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was awarded the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship in 2015, and was published by Magabala Books in 2016. Alison was co-winner of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017 for her poem, ‘Many Girls White Linen’. Her latest book, Blakwork, was shortlisted in the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2019.


Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books, 2016)

Blakwork. (Magabala Books, 2018)

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Magabala Books

Tincture Journal

Kill Your Darlings

Cordite Poetry Review

Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis is a trilingual Filipino-Australian writer and performer. She published four novels, six poetry books, a collection of short stories, a monograph of lectures on creative research and had ten dramatic works performed/produced in Australia, Philippines, US, Canada, Spain, Singapore, China, France, Slovakia and Thailand. Her works won various awards including the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award, the Prix Italia and the Philippine National Book Award. Her sixth poetry book, Accidents of Composition, was Highly Commended for the ACT Book of the Year and her earlier poetry collection, Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals, was shortlisted for the The Age Poetry Book of the Year.


Rituals: Selected Poems 1985-1990 (UST Press, 1990)

Ang Lipad ay Awit sa Apat na Hangin / Flight is Song on Four Winds (Bilingual collection: Filipino and English; Institute of Women’s Studies, St Scholastica’s College Manila, 1990, 1991)

Kantada ng Babaing Mandirigma / Cantata of the Warrior Woman Daragang Magayon (Bilingual epic poem: Filipino and English; Institute of Women’s Studies, St Scholastica’s College, Manila, 1993, 1997)

Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals (Spinifex, 1998)

Pag-uli, Pag-uwi, Homecoming. Poetry in Three Tongues (In Bikol, Filipino and English; University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2004)

Accidents of Composition: . . . There could be Accidents of Kindness Here (Spinifex, 2017)

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Spinifex Press

University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

Christian Bök

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök is currently working on The Xenotext — a project that requires him to encipher a poem into the genome of a bacterium capable of surviving in any inhospitable environment. Bök is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada, and he teaches at Charles Darwin University.


Crystallography (Coach House Books, 1994, 2nd revised edition, 2003)

Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001)

The Xenotext, Book 1 (Coach House Books, 2015)

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Coach House Books

Postmodern Culture

Poetry on the Move

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt St Poetry, 2017) and Members Only (with artist Caren Florance, Recent Work Press, 2017). She is a former winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, and her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages. She is based in the ACT and was poetry editor of The Canberra Times from 2015 to 2017. A selection of the misogynist language poems discussed in the podcast will appear in a chapbook called Listen, bitch, out from Ampersand Duck / Recent Work Press in October 2019.


Pushing Thirty, Wearing Seventeen (Ginninderra Press, 2001)

Mapless in Underland (Ginninderra Press, 2004)

First. . . , Then. . . Poems from Planet Autism (Ginninderra Press, 2012)

Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013)

Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017)

Members Only, with Caren Florance (Recent Work Press and Ampersand Duck, 2017)

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Melinda Smith poet

Australian Book Review, States of Poetry, ACT

Verity La interview

Axon: Creative Explorations

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