Milk Teeth commended in the Anne Elder Award!

This week Milk Teeth was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award! Winner of the award was the fabulous Eunice Andrada for her book Flood Damages. Many big congrats to this wonderful writer! My book was commended for the award alongside fellow poets: Maryam Azam – The Hijab Files; Marjon Mossammaparast – That Sight; and Lindsay Tuggle – Calenture. Thanks to his year’s judges: Gig Ryan, Des Cowley and Bonny Cassidy. For more info about the award, visit the Australian Poetry website.

This week I got my very first YouTube review of Milk Teeth from Six Minutes For Me as part of #AussieApril! In this video Jaclyn also reviewed Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. You can check out the video here.

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Sydney and Newcastle events

I’m really looking forward to heading to Sydney and Newcastle next week for some poetry readings and a workshop! If you want to come along, here’s all the details:

I’ll have books available to buy at all these events, so please say hi to me and get a signed copy of Milk Teeth 🙂 (eftpos and cash payments are both fine!)

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An illustration of a round table with role playing objects on it, including paper, dice bag, dice, mask, gun, pencils. The table is lit by an orange light and there are the backs of two chairs in the foreground. The text over the top of the image says: [Insert Quest Here] An RPG Actual Play podcast that aims to deliver diverse and engaging stories.

I’m on an RPG podcast!

Thanks to [Insert Quest Here] for having me on their show! In the game Oracle by Ash McAllan, I play a tattooed forgetful drugged-up hippy poet with a ‘tittie amulet’ who can commune with spirits.

Podcast content warning: swearing, mentions of drugs.

[Oracle]: Speakers Of The Sky

Our Traveller this week has no memories of who they are. The only clues to their past is a gift for poetry, visions of the unseen, and stars etched in their skin. They seek to know their place in this world, to know if their visions are real. The Oracle can help them choose a path, but will they find what they seek?

If you’d like to get yourself a copy of the game Oracle, you can find it here.

You can also listen to more of [Insert Quest Here] and support them on Patreon.

We won a grant!

#EnbyLife

We’re so so happy to announce that #EnbyLife journal won a grant through the generosity of the Gender Reveal Podcast, so we can pay contributors!!!

Our plan is to open up submissions to #EnbyLife this month and to pay each contributor $20AUD. We believe paying creatives is important and receiving a grant has made this possible 🌈🌈💖💖

Have a listen to editor Rae White chat with Molly on the Gender Reveal podcast.

Gender Reveal cover image by Michelle Leigh.

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New poem in Australian Poetry Journal

My poem ‘Dirty talk’ (from my book Milk Teeth) is published in the latest Australian Poetry Journal Volume 8.2 – ‘spoken’, which features new works by more than 60 Australian poets, with poetry guest-edited by spoken-word poets Andrew Galan and David Stavanger. Following the ‘spoken’ selection is a separate section of 19 poems edited by Toby Fitch. This Big Bent series is an exploration of gender and language queering.

Grab yourself a copy of the latest APJ.

Both sections are also accompanied by sound-recordings, which is very cool! You can find the recordings at australianpoetry.org.

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Milk Teeth shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry

Incredibly happy to announce Milk Teeth has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry!!!

Big big congrats to fellow shortlisted poets Eunice Andrada for Flood Damages and Kate Lilley for Tilt! And to all the other shortlisted folks, including fellow University of Queensland Press authors Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip and Tony Birch for Common People. You can view the full shortlist and highly commended works here.

The winners of the main awards (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing) each receive $25,000. The winners of theses categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. Wow!

Winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.

You can participate in the awards by voting for your favourite work published in 2018. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the general category winners, and will receive $2,000.

You can also have a read of the VPLA judges’ report, which states: “Milk Teeth is a crisp and tactile first collection. It challenges pre-existing categories: gender, interior and exterior landscapes, the way we assume language is fixed.”

If all this chat about Milk Teeth has convinced you to buy a copy, here’s a list of places you can grab one.

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Milk Teeth review in Westerly

Thank you Jackie Smith for such a beautiful review of my book in Westerly Magazine! Smith states, ‘Milk Teeth is, honestly, unlike anything else I have read’.

**Read the review here**

‘The topics which White covers within this collection are, as others have previously noted, all the more accessible for Milk Teeth’s publication. Through it, readers will, perhaps, have a better understanding of how to treat those around them and a greater acceptance of those who are different. That, in itself, makes White’s debut collection necessary reading.’

 

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