About Rae

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Rae White is a non-binary transgender writer, educator and zine maker. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won the 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Rae’s second poetry collection Exactly As I Am was published in 2022 by UQP.

Rae is represented by Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management.

Rae’s Bitsy poem-game ‘stand up’ won the 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Award for Digital Innovation.

Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives. They are the Events and Marketing Manager at Queensland Poetry.

Rae has two poems published in Nothing to Hide – Voices of Trans and Gender-Diverse Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2022).

In 2020, Rae completed a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for their YA verse manuscript Welcome Home.

Rae’s poem ‘The last tourist’ won the Highest Queensland Entry in 2020 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. They have been shortlisted in the 2021 and 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards. Rae’s poem ‘hussshhh’ won Highest Queensland Entry in the 2019 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word. And their poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in the 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Rae’s short story ‘The Body Remembers’ placed second in 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

Rae’s poetry has been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin Quarterly, Overland, Rabbit and others.

Rae holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing Production) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and previously worked at 4ZZZ community radio as an on-air announcer.

Picture of a black, white and yellow book cover that has a smashed glass kinda design, with the text 'Rae White, Exactly As I Am'

Banner for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019, featuring a VPLA logo and a photo of Milk Teeth under the titles Shortlist and Poetry